Hollywood stars are sharing more information about their complicated relationships with their parents. Stars like Tori Spelling and Angelina Jolie are two of many celebrities who have had public disputes with their parents.
Some have been able to reconcile with their father or mother, but others have decided to cut ties forever. Here are some stars who’ve spoken out about their broken relationships with their parents.
Angelina Jolie and her father, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, have always had a complex relationship. Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand and Voight divorced when Jolie was 5 years old, leaving her mother to raise Jolie and her brother, Jamie, by herself. Jolie and her mother remained close, with Voight making periodic appearances in her life. After a brief reconciliation while working together on “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” the two once again went their separate ways in 2002 when Voigh told “Access Hollywood” that Jolie needed help for her “mental problems.”
This statement especially angered Jolie as she felt it would interfere with the adoption of her son, Maddox. At the time, Jolie said that she didn’t want to publicly discuss why she had a bad relationship with her father, but she and her brother would’ve loved to have had a loving and warm relationship with him. However, she determined that it wasn’t healthy for her to be around her father, especially since she had children. In 2010, the two reconciled for a few years and then again after Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt in 2017.
Tori Spelling had a great relationship with her dad, Aaron Spelling. In 2014, she told “Access Hollywood” that she was a daddy’s girl. However, things changed when Tori divorced her first husband, Charlie Shanian, in 2006 after an affair with Dean McDermott, a move that her parents didn’t approve of. Luckily, she reconciled with her father before his death in June 2006, but it took longer to fix her relationship with her mother, Candy Spelling. Over the next few years, the mother and daughter would attack each other through statements in the media, with Candy once saying Tori caused Aaron’s death by not speaking to him.
Fortunately, Candy and Tori’s relationship appears to have improved, with Tori telling Jeff Lewis on his Sirius XM show that they had a good relationship at the time, but now, it was next-level.
On a December 2023 episode of her podcast, “Let’s Be Honest,” Kristen Cavallari discussed her decision to cut her father, Dennis Cavallari, out of her life two years prior with her guest, psychologist Dr. Sherri Campbell. The two were discussing narcissism when the former “Laguna Beach” star said her father’s narcissism is the reason she felt she had to cut him off, calling it the best thing she’s ever done. Cavallari explained that she didn’t realize her father was a narcissist until she was an adult but remembered not feeling comfortable around him as a child, saying he would only compliment her when it benefited him and constantly put her down.
Cole and Dylan Sprouse
Cole Sprouse has publicly discussed his relationship with his mother, Melanie Wright. He and his twin brother, Dylan, started working when they were a year old, and their parents divorced the following year. When the twins were 10 years old, their father took over full physical custody. However, according to People Magazine, before that, their mother had allegedly spent almost all the money the twins earned from their early acting jobs. On the “Call Her Daddy” podcast in March 2023, Cole told Alex Cooper that his mother was wonderful and artistic but financially irresponsible.
In a separate interview on the “Diary of a CEO podcast,” Cole said his father was an incredible guy, but looking back, he now sees that his father was a person who dealt with drug abuse, mental illness, and narcissism. He also described his mother as the tortured artist type, saying that she found self-identity in being a mother and tried to turn it into a profitable business.
These celebrities have shown that sometimes you have to cut people out of your life, even your parents. However, there’s always room for reconciliation if both parties are willing to work it out.