Hollywood's Biggest Showbiz Family Blowups


This week, it was rumoured that Jennifer Aniston would be guest starring on a few episodes of “Days of Our Lives,” the soap opera on which her father, John Aniston, has been a cast member for 24 years.

When it came out that it wasn’t true, that must have been a bit, er, awkward.

At least they’re not fighting about this little misunderstanding.

Others have not been so lucky. 

Some families crumble under the Hollywood pressure—and it looks like Will and Jada Smith, whose kids, Jaden and Willow, have also become stars, could be next.

Beyonce Knowles and her father called it quits.

And caused his divorce, which was filed in October.

'I hate to say it, but yes, I do. Yeah. I'd take it back in a second,' Cyrus told GQ Magazine in February, nursing his achy, breaky heart. 'For my family to be here and just everybody be OK; safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. Heck, yeah. I'd erase it all in a second if I could.'

Miley, who has since gone down a wobbly road dressed in scandal--in fishnet stockings and leather booty shorts, no less--is the eldest of three children.

Child star Drew Barrymore comes from a gilded legacy of family drama.

The Barrymore family of actors was in fact the inspiration behind a 1927 Broadway show, 'The Royal Family.' Her great-great-grandmother starred with John Wilkes Booth, his last role before killing Abraham Lincoln. (No drama here, save her starring role in E.T., but let it be noted that Drew's godfather is director Steven Spielberg.)

Drew's father, John Drew Barrymore left the home before she was born, and was never a part of her life. At 9, she started drinking; at 12, she started using coke; and at 14, she wrote her autobiography, Little Girl Lost. A year later, Drew Barrymore went to court, argued that her mother was a bad influence, and won her emancipation as an adult.

Tatum O'Neal suffered a two-decade long feud with her father.

Tatum, the youngest-ever Oscar winner (then 10 in 1974), finally made peace with her dad Ryan in 2010.

The oldest of Ryan's four kids (her late mother, also an actress, was an alcoholic and amphetamine addict), she was abandoned by her father at 16, when he left her and brother Griffin to move in with girlfriend Farrah Fawcett. And in 2008, she landed in jail for trying to score some crack cocaine.

'I feel very lucky that I survived,' Tatum told People. 'I've fallen down along the way, but I've always gotten up.'

The drama of the emotional reconciliation will now play in the spotlight. Tatum and Ryan O'Neal are filming a reality show for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network. Tatum's ex-husband John McEnroe says, 'it's an accident waiting to happen.'

Britney Spears has had enough daddy drama for one lifetime.

Her father, Jaime Spears, has been in the news for trying to shut down her fan site, having full control of the estate, and siding with Britney's fired manager over her reckless behaviour.

Britney has said, 'I am praying for my father. We have never had a good relationship. It's sad that all the men that have been in my life do not know how to accept a real woman's love. I am concentrating on my work and my life right now,' according to the NY Post.

The King of Pop suffered abuse at the hands of his father.

Michael first spoke openly about his childhood abuse on the Oprah Winfrey show in 1993, and his father, Joseph Jackson, acknowledged that he regularly whipped Jackson as a child. Joseph's constant criticism of Michael's nose may have led to his numerous surgeries that left him nearly noseless.

Michael Jackson died in 2009, but that hasn't curtailed the drama. His teenage nephew was recently in the news for trying to taser Blanket, Michael's youngest son.

Michelle Williams

In 2008, (the same year Heath Ledger, father of Williams' daughter, died) her father was extradited from the Virgin Islands to the U.S. for an alleged $1.5 million in unpaid taxes.

Marvin Gaye, the Prince of Motown, was shot dead by his father in April, 1984.

And it happened just one day before Gaye's 45th birthday.

Both of Lindsay Lohan's parents have stirred up drama for the star.

Lindsay Lohan's parents, Dina, a former singer and dancer, and Michael, a former Wall Street trader, finalised their divorce in 2007 and have been a two-headed headline factory ever since.

'When will it ever end,' Lindsay tweeted about her father in April 2010. 'It's been going on my whole life with him--hasn't he caused enough pain?'

The latest: days after Dina announced that her daughter was dropping her last name, reps say it's not true. Her father blasted Dina for lying. Different day, same Lohans.

Tori Spelling and Candy Spelling have been estranged for years; Candy even blames dad Aaron Spelling's death on the 90210 star.

Their fight has been fought through the media, each publishing her own book, and lashing out on television and through their websites.

Jon and Kate Gosselin were the picture-perfect family... until they got their own reality show.

They were married for 10 years and had eight kids together, but when they split, it got ugly.

Leighton Meester and her mother, Constance are in a $3 million dollar lawsuit.

Leighton Meester, who was born while her mum was serving a drug-trafficking sentence, claims that she gave her mum $7,500 a month to help pay for her brother's many medical treatments (he recently had brain surgery). She says that her mother spent the money on plastic surgery instead, and is suing her for custody of her brother. She also says that although her mother is healthy, she refuses to get a job. Costance Meester is firing back with her own lawsuit against her daughter, claiming that she is abusive.

According to most of Eminem's songs, he had a horrible upbringing. He constantly raps about how much he hates his mother, even screaming, 'F*** you, Debbie,' in one of his songs.

Though Debbie Nelson's dying wish is to make amends with her son, so far nothing has happened.

'The Help' is causing family problems...

Kathleen Stockett is being sued by her brother's maid Ablene Cooper for unlawfully basing one of the book's characters, Aibileen on her.

Stockett's brother stands behind Ablene.

Cooper alleges that the character resembles her in many different ways and that it is emotionally upsetting, according to ABC.

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