There’s nothing like a wedding for throwing a lavish party, and when celebrities are involved, that’s doubly so. For as many over the top celebrity weddings we’ve had in recent years, it’s going to be hard to top Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s. Given her Indian heritage, we could have expected that the festivities were going to be drawn out in a way that American weddings aren’t, but from the pictures that have been released, they pulled out all the stops.
There were a few features that got fans talking, though the upcoming wedding wasn’t far from their minds ever since the pair announced their engagement. Even if the location wasn’t enough to impress, Chopra set the scene from the very beginning, entering the wedding hall with a 75-foot long veil. For a frame of reference, that’s an exceptionally long veil, but it was stunning just the same.
However, the show continued throughout the evening. While a fireworks display isn’t unheard of, especially at celebrity affairs, these were just a cherry for the couple. Even Brad and Jen had fireworks at their own wedding nearly 20 years ago. There was far more to see after Chopra and Jonas made their way down the aisle, but the one thing that no one has been able to quit talking about was their massive cake.
The dessert was a massive confection, with some saying that the cake topped out at nearly 18 feet tall. Though professional pastry chefs have explained that it wasn’t likely made entirely of cake, the size is still something to marvel at. If the height weren’t enough, the tower of pastry was lavishly decorated to look like some sort of mansion. The true icing, however, was the fact that Nick performed the ceremonial first cut was a particularly dramatic sword. We guess he needed it to reach the top.
40+ Celebrities Who’ve Had Complicated Relationships With Their Parents
Celebrities are people, too! Not every famous face has a picture-perfect life. The pressures of Hollywood life can take a toll on your family relationships, as these celebrities know all too well. The 40+ stars on this list have complicated relationships with their parents. Some of them have reconnected with their folks, while others have been estranged from their parents for decades. It just goes to show that even the rich and famous have problems.
Actress Demi Moore has been through a lot. Not only has she endured two difficult love splits from Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher, but she also experienced a difficult childhood. She had a strained relationship with her mother, Virginia Guynes, who would take her to bars to help get attention from men.
Guynes struggled with addiction throughout Moore’s childhood, and in her autobiography, Moore recalled saving her mother’s life after she had attempted to take her own life.
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood star Brad Pitt is relatively close with his mother, Jane Pitt. However, the actor and his mom do not see eye-to-eye on politics. Brad Pitt has been a vocal advocate for gay rights, publicly championing marriage equality on a number of occasions.
But it was revealed in 2012 that his beloved mother wrote a letter in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, whose stance on LGBTQ+ issues is far from progressive.
Model Miranda Kerr encountered problems with her mother Therese Kerr in 2014. It was reported that Kerr told her mom to stop interfering with the raising of her son Flynn. To make matters worse, her parents went on Australian TV, pleading with the star to forgive and forget.
Speaking on another TV show, Kerr said of their feud with her parents, “They weren’t really trying to do anything, they’re just a little naïve, unfortunately.” Hopefully, they’ve managed to make up.
Model and television personality Nicole Richie was famously adopted by singer Lionel Richie when she was nine years old. However, her relationship with her biological parents is very complicated. Nicole has said that she felt heartbroken that her biological parents couldn’t provide for her.
She wanted nothing to do with them! Her biological parents were musicians who moved in the same circles as Lionel Richie. When they couldn’t take care of her, he stepped in, and the rest is history.
We continue with the list with the tragic story of Motown pioneer Marvin Gaye. He had a bitter relationship with his father Marvin Gay Sr., and the pair clashed on a regular basis due to his father’s strict religious beliefs. Marvin Gay Sr. was a strict disciplinarian who resented his son’s success.
Their feud culminated in tragedy when Gaye’s father fatally shot him following an altercation at their family home. Gaye sadly died on the eve of his 45th birthday.
The “In Da Club” rapper 50 Cent has a complicated relationship with his son, Marquis. The pair have traded insults on social media, and their rocky relationship has made headlines on a number of occasions.
However, the root of their feud may be traced back to 50 Cent’s childhood. He was said to have been estranged from his own father at a young age. The conflict between the pair may have affected his ability to bond with his own son.
The late NBA champ Kobe Bryant was a beloved basketball star, who sadly passed following a helicopter accident in 2020. His skill, talent, and dedication to his sport made him a legend amongst sports fans all over the world.
His relationship with his parents was far from ideal, and they even got into a fierce legal battle. Pam and Joe Bryant were caught selling Bryant’s NBA memorabilia without his knowledge. Thankfully, they managed to settle the dispute before his passing.
In an interview with fellow actress and writer Lena Dunham, Tori Spelling explained that her family problems can be linked to her mom’s relationship with her own mother. Her mother, Candy Spelling, had a fraught relationship with her mom, and this inevitably affected her ability to connect with her daughter.
Tori Spelling also revealed that she even cried when she found out she was pregnant with a girl, as she didn’t want the cycle of poor mother-daughter relationships to continue.
Multi-hyphenate media mogul Oprah Winfrey is known for being a compassionate voice. Through her magazine, talk show, and various books, Winfrey often gives advice to her fans on how to navigate many of life’s problems. Despite her success, her life has not been easy, and she has a complicated relationship with her stepmother.
Barbara Winfrey was married to Oprah’s father, Vernon, for 14 years, and she has spoken to the press many times about her disdain for her famous stepdaughter.
It’s no secret that the children of The Jackson Five did not have a great relationship with their father/manager, Joe Jackson. He was a typical show business parent, who pushed his kids into the industry and forced them to work incredibly hard.
A former boxer and failed blues musician, Jackson has been accused of subjecting his children to verbal and physical abuse. It’s not surprising to find out that his most famous child eventually cut all ties with him.
Halle Berry has opened up about her complicated relationship with her father. She recently posted a Father’s Day tribute on Instagram, writing a gushing caption about her late dad, Jerome Jesse Berry.
She wrote, “While I didn’t have much of a relationship with him while he was here, as […] addiction robbed us of the relationship we were meant to have, I now understand how much he loved me and how vital he was and is to my life!”
The Kardashian-Jenner Family
It’s safe to say that the Kardashian-Jenner clan has a complicated relationship with Caitlyn Jenner. Jenner is the parent of youngest daughters Kylie and Kendall, and she brought up the rest of the brood alongside momager Kris.
Her explosive autobiography, The Secrets of My Life was released in 2017, containing many revelations that tarnished her relationship with her children and stepchildren. She was also criticized for not informing her children about her gender transition before the story hit the press.
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is a national treasure, but not many people know about her turbulent relationship with her father, Mathew Knowles. He was the manager of his daughter’s girl band, Destiny’s Child, and he greatly profited from their success. But his relationship with Beyoncé’s mother, Tina, was full of tension.
He even fathered an illegitimate child to another woman, leading to their divorce in 2011. This drove a wedge between Mathew and his daughter, and she eventually sought new management in 2011.
TikTok star Bryce Hall hit the headlines recently when he competed in a boxing match against fellow social media influencer Austin McBroom. There’s no doubt that Hall’s mom was there supporting her son in his big fight!
But while Bryce and his mother have a great relationship, the same can’t be said for his dad. On Father’s Day 2017, he posted this photograph, poking fun at his absent dad. He struggled with addiction and failed to support his family.
Since falling in love with a member of the British royal family, Suits actress Meghan Markle has been a firm fixture in the tabloid press. One of the key stories in the news has been her complicated relationship with her father, Thomas. Markle has regularly spoken to the media about his daughter.
He was never sent a formal invitation to their royal wedding in 2018, and his continual paid interviews in the US and UK press have soured their relationship.
Child stars don’t have it easy. Growing up in the spotlight can affect a kid’s development and many young actors end up having serious rifts with family members. Lindsay Lohan’s celebrity status soared when she starred in The Parent Trap at the tender age of 12, and her relationship with her father Michael has been rocky ever since.
They’ve tried to reconnect over the years, but following his multiple arrests on various charges, their relationship has been broken beyond repair.
Just like her bandmate Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland has a rocky relationship with her dad. In October 2018, she shared a photograph of the two together for the first time in 30 years! Kelly’s mother, Doris Rowland Garrison, divorced Lovett when Kelly was just six years old.
He had been struggling with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder following his time in the military during the Vietnam War, and Garrison thought it would be best to raise her children alone.
It’s not often that an estranged parent and child are both successful in the same industry, but this is the case for actress Tatum O’Neal. She has had no contact with her father, actor and former boxer Ryan O’Neal, for most of her life.
They tried to patch up their difficult relationship on television, on the show Ryan and Tatum: The O’Neals that aired on OWN in 2011. However, the show ended up doing more damage to their broken relationship.
Hole singer Courtney Love has definitely had a tumultuous life. From the death of her boyfriend Kurt Cobain in 1994, to her years of abuse and addiction, things have not been easy or straightforward for the rocker.
Her relationship with her parents is equally as complicated, as she spent several years in foster care. She became legally emancipated from her family at the young age of 16, and she has been entirely cut off from her parents ever since.
Sleepless in Seattle actress Meg Ryan decided to end her relationship with her mom in 1991, after she openly insulted her daughter in the press. Her mother told reporters that she did not approve of her marriage to Dennis Quaid, and Ryan responded by not inviting her mom to the wedding.
However, Meg hadn’t heard the last of her mom! She then proceeded to spread rumors about her daughters to the tabloids, claiming she had cheated with actor Russell Crowe!
Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has opened up about his complicated family relationships. He revealed that he was estranged from his mother and most of his family, but refused to go into details about the reasons for their rift.
However, he did say that he had “gotten used to it” and compared himself to an island — isolated and hot! Some people simply prefer to go it alone in life. He’s happy with his circumstances, and that’s all that matters.
You might know that American Horror Story star Emma Roberts’ aunt is none other than Pretty Woman actress Julia Roberts. But, did you know that Emma is no longer in touch with her father, Eric Roberts?
Eric’s sister, Julia, remained in her niece’s life even after he lost custody of Emma. They don’t have a close relationship, but that did not stop Eric from voicing support for Emma after she had a public altercation with her boyfriend in 2013.
Actress Heather Graham shocked her conservative, religious parents when she took a role in the controversial film Boogie Nights in 1997. She played an adult performer, and the mature role was unacceptable in the eyes of her mom and dad.
The hit film launched Heather’s career, but her parents disowned her. They haven’t spoken to Heather since, and they have even hit out in the press, saying, “We have endured many sleepless nights questioning how and why it all went wrong.”
Christina Aguilera doesn’t have a relationship with her father, Fausto Xavier Aguilera, describing their bond as “nonexistent.” When Christina was only six years old, her mom asked her dad for a divorce. She has since alleged that he was physically and verbally abusive.
Fausto denied her claims, and other members of the family have even blamed Christina for their tense relationship. They say that her fame put pressure and strain on the entire family. Harsh words.
Nickelodeon star turned pop princess Ariana Grande has openly spoken about her close relationship with her mother, Joan Grande. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for her relationship with her dad, Edward Butera.
The two have had a troubled relationship, and Ariana has seemingly confirmed the feud through her lyrics. Her single “Thank U, Next” features the line, “One day I’ll walk down the aisle, holding hands with my mama. I’ll be thanking my dad ’cause she grew from the drama.”
Katie Cassidy is best known for her role as Laurel Lance on hit TV show Arrow. Unfortunately. the actress had a turbulent relationship with her dad, David Cassidy, before he died in 2017.
Katie’s mother is former model Sherry Williams, who raised her alone after her split from David. David and Katie had no relationship, and he even cut her out of his will. He told reporters before his death, “I wasn’t her father […] She had a different life.”
Kate Hudson is incredibly close with her mother, Goldie Hawn, and her mom’s long-term partner, Kurt Russell. However, she has no relationship with her biological father, actor and musician Bill Hudson.
She has expressed sorrow at their estrangement, telling the Today Show, ” I have a stepfather who played a huge, huge part in sharing what it is to have a dependable father figure in our life. But it doesn’t take away from the fact that we didn’t know our dad,”
It’s not only Kate Hudson who has been affected by her father Bill Hudson’s absence. Her younger brother, Oliver Hudson, has spoken about his feelings towards his father, captioning a Father’s Day Instagram post with the message, “Happy Abandonment Day!”
Bill Hudson hit back in an interview, saying that his son’s comments hurt his feelings. Eventually, the public spat gave the father and son an opportunity to reconnect. The pair began texting each other for the first time in years.
Adele is one of the biggest pop superstars of her generation. She has sold millions of records worldwide, taking her from the suburbs of North London school to headlining Glastonbury music festival! Unfortunately, her sour relationship with her father has been well documented in the tabloid press.
He even approached The Sun newspaper to talk about his daughter, much to her dismay. The pair did not have any contact before he passed away in 2021 at the age of 57.
Jennifer Aniston became a household name after starring as Rachel Green in Friends. However, unlike her character, Aniston’s personal relationships have been fraught. Her mother, Nancy Dow, made life difficult for the young star, criticizing her appearance and getting into toxic arguments with her on a regular basis.
Dow worsened the feud after writing and publishing a book about their relationship, entitled From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. She felt her mom was capitalizing on her success.
“Rap God” Eminem (AKA Marshall Mathers) has made no secret of his complicated relationship with his mother. He was written countless songs inspired by his experiences growing up as a neglected child in the Kansas City and Detroit areas.
Mathers has expressed how his mother abused illegal substances, refused to work, and lived off government welfare. In 1999, she filed a defamation lawsuit against her son, demanding $10 million dollars for her name being slandered in his songs and in interviews.
Captain Marvel star Brie Larson endured a tough childhood. The heartbreak of her dad leaving her family has allowed her to channel deep emotion in her acting career. In 2015, she starred in the drama Room, about a woman held in captivity.
She evoked memories of living in a cramped bedsit with her mom after her father had left them. The technique clearly worked, as she won the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for Best Actress!
Hollywood heiress Paris Hilton has a complicated relationship with her parents. When she was 17 years old, Hilton was sent to a boarding school against her will, and her experience was less than satisfactory.
The boarding school was intensely oppressive, and the staff made her feel cut off from the outside world. Hilton has since said that she has tried not to allow this to sour her relationship with her parents, as they didn’t realize the extent of the abuse.
Gossip Girl actress Leighton Meester had a difficult childhood, to say the least. Her problems began at a young age, as her mother was in prison under smuggling charges when she was born. After her mother’s release, her parents divorced and the family struggled financially.
As Leighton’s career took off, her relationship with her mother worsened. She had even been supporting her mom financially, but she decided to cut her off when she realized her money was being misused.
Like many other former child stars, Drew Barrymore has had a difficult relationship with her parents over the years. She rose to fame at the age of seven after starring in E.T, and her life became even more complicated after her big break.
She became addicted to illicit substances before she was even a teenager. She legally emancipated herself from her folks when she was only 14, and moved into her own apartment at the young age of 15.
While her career has gone from strength or strength over the years, Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie has had a turbulent personal life. Jolie has had a lifelong complicated relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight. Their problems began when Voight left the family while his daughter was an infant.
In 2001, the silver screen brought them together as they both appeared in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. However, it wasn’t enough to keep them together, and their relationship deteriorated once again.
Actress Mischa Barton has a tense relationship with her mother, Irish film producer and talent manager Nuala Quinn-Barton. Her daughter rose to fame in the 2000s after bagging roles in The O.C, Notting Hill, and The Sixth Sense.
However, the two have been locked in a lawsuit for the past year, with Barton accusing her mom of being a “greedy stage mother,” stealing her money and exploiting her daughter for financial gain. Mischa is reportedly seeking payment of $25 million.
Home Alone star Macauley Culkin has been working in the entertainment industry from a young age. He recently opened up to podcast host Marc Maron about his difficult childhood in the spotlight. His father was allegedly abusive, putting him under pressure to achieve success.
Macaulay eventually won a court case against his parents when he was just 15 years of age, which meant that they lost legal guardianship, and subsequently let go of control of his $17 million fortune.
Former Disney actress Demi Lovato has made headlines in recent years for her battle with addiction. In a recent documentary, she opened up about her struggles and the problems in her childhood that led to her following the wrong path. The singer’s father, Patrick Lovato, died in 2013.
Demi eventually lost touch with him, as he had abandoned the family due to mental illness and addiction. Demi has expressed regret about their lack of communication.
Modern Family actress Ariel Winter has spoken up about her complicated relationship with her mother. Her mom allegedly subjected her to years of abuse, and she moved out to live with her sister Shanelle Gray when she was 14 years old.
She eventually became legally emancipated, allowing her to have full control of her finances and career decisions. Ariel Winter has since reconnected with her father and is living a happy and fulfilling life — without the influence of her mother.
Pop superstar Justin Bieber became famous when he was a young teenager, after his YouTube videos were discovered by manager Scooter Braun in 2007. Just like many other young celebrities, his career has been plagued with scandals and drama caused by his wild behavior.
His relationship with his mom Pattie Mallette suffered as a result, but they have since reconnected. He has had a rocky relationship with his father, Jeremy Bieber, but he has remained close to his half-siblings.
Selena Gomez had an unconventional start in life. She was raised by her mother, Mandy Teefey, who gave birth to Gomez when she was 16 years old. Her parents split when she was only five, and her mom brought her up independently.
Her mother played a huge role in her career from her first role in Barney & Friends, but things soured between them when they began having disagreements about her professional life. Mandy stopped managing Selena’s career in 2014.
Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte has severed ties with his mother following a serious falling out. He opened up about their estrangement in an interview, explaining that she said some “very hurtful things” upon finding out that Ryan was set to become a father.
He hopes that speaking up about his experiences will help others going through similar problems, saying, “It was hard. I want people to know that just because I’m an Olympian, I don’t have the easy way.”
Legendary pop diva Mariah Carey has a complicated and tough relationship with her mom. Patricia Carey is an Irish-American retired opera singer and freelance vocal coach. You may think that the pair would bond over their love for the art of singing, but they share a deep and difficult history.
Mariah has described their relationship as, “A prickly rope of pride, pain, shame, gratitude, jealousy, admiration, and disappointment.” Sadly, she’s even claimed that her mother neglected her as a child.
Matthew McConaughey is a world-famous actor. Sometimes, even celebrities’ families struggle to cope with their loved ones’ fame. That’s exactly what happened between him and his mother, as they didn’t speak for eight years.
In the early stages of his fame, he would speak to his mother on the phone, only to find details of their conversations in the press days later. As he found stability in his career, he was able to reconcile with his beloved mom.