CULTURE

7 People Who Escaped Their Famous Parents' Shadows

Sometimes, the apple does fall far from the tree.

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Nepotism has been making a lot of headlines recently, with Hunter Biden catching a lot of heat for riding his father's coattails into a $600,000/year gig in Ukraine.

And while some of that heat has come from sources that are laughably ill-positioned to criticize, it's depressingly true that the children of famous and powerful people have an easy time finding their ways into boardrooms, record deals, universities, and runways. But what about the world leader's son who performs in drag? Or the actor's daughter who took up painting? If we're really going to criticize nepotism, then we should take some time to celebrate the children who step out of their parents' shadows to do something truly original.

Eddie Murphy's Daughter Is an Incredible Painter

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Bria Murphy is obviously a beautiful woman, and she had the opportunity to leverage her looks and her father's connections into a lucrative modeling career, but she chose to follow her passion instead. She says that her paintings are inspired by her belief in the Ancient Astronaut theory and the slightly more grounded desire to empower African American women. Whatever her motivations, there's no denying that she's incredibly talented.

People have called Jaden Smith crazy, but now it appears that mad scientist Jaden Smith has fooled us all.

The 17-year-old actor/rapper/social media star/son of Will and Jada is known for cryptic posts on his twitter account, but in a recent interview with GQ's Zach Baron, Jaden admits that everything he does "is a scientific test on humanity." In a post earlier this year, Popdust's own quack psychiatrist Dr. Mick Coppin diagnosed Jaden with "metastasizing [narcissistic] douchebagitis," but it seems that the good doctor was fooled by Jaden just like the rest of us.

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Being a celebrity's child has had its advantages for Jaden, who has been in the spotlight since before he could walk. As Baron puts it, paparazzi photos make up "a flip-book of Jaden Smith slowly aging, as told by strangers' cameras." Jaden exploits that spotlight with a fervor, using his vast social media following to see how people react to him tweeting weird things from his account, @officialjaden.

In his GQ interview, Jaden reveals that his experiments have been going "really well," even confirming that one experiment he performed (during a magazine interview last year) led to his test subjects (us) "reacting exactly as we predicted beforehand."

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Jaden also compares his experiments to great ancient philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, like Galileo, Plato, and Pythagoras.

“Me and my sister started this initiative called Mystery School. It dates back to like ancient Egypt, ancient Greece—like Plato, Pythagoras, all these students had mystery schools. And what they learned in there was sacred. They would learn the math and sciences of that generation, and then they would build the cities and give that energy and that knowledge to the other people. And a lot of stuff they would keep really, really to themselves. Like, you couldn't say the word dodecahedron, which is just a shape, outside of one of the mystery schools or they would, like, kill you or whatever. Because it was such a sacred shape."

Jaden also revealed he is building a 12.5-foot tall pyramid at Will and Jada's house, which is styled after the Great Pyramid of Giza (to scale, of course); the new pyramid is to go with the 3-foot tall pyramid that's already in his bedroom.

Jaden knows that people think he's crazy, and he doesn't care. He tells GQ that his plan for the next ten years is to disappear, popping up only occasionally to do things that will have social impact—"like Banksy," he says. He claims he's been planning that move since he was 13. When the interviewer asks him for some scientific advice, Jaden tells him "Love yourself, and watch." He then clarifies, "Don't watch Jaden."

Do you think Jaden Smith is a mad scientist who has been performing experiments on us all or do you think he's just another crazy celebrity spouting nonsense like Charlie Sheen?

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Ariel Winter's estranged mother really is a gift that keeps on giving in the life of her young daughter.

The Modern Family star famously emancipated herself from mommy dearest in 2015 when she was 17. It was a long battle and the courts agreed that her mother had been emotionally abusing her daughter—Ariel has been living with her sister since left the family home in 2012 when she was 14.

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Winter underwent a breast reduction last June to reduce her breast size from 32F to 32D and the procedure has appeared to have had a positive affect on her self confidence with her able to wear lower cut dresses, happy to show off her new figure.

Her mom, Crystal Workman, isn't impressed however.  Despite not having spoken to her daughter in three years, she considers it appropriate to voice her opinion on her daughter's sugery.  She particularly commented on a picture of Winter on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January. She looked fantastic and at certain angles a teeny scar was visible at the side under her breast.  Big deal.

Crystal Workman

However Workman has given an interview to Inside Edition saying;

"I don't think anyone at that age should be cutting into their breasts.  I am surprised she did it so young and that the doctor did it for her so young.  I'm sorry, I just think this is inappropriate.

She should never be embarrassed of her scars but she shouldn't be flaunting them."

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She then went on to show us exactly why her daughter felt the need to get as far away from her as possible when she tried to turn the claims of abuse against her own child;

"I have been abused physically and I believe all of this is emotional abuse.  Ariel should ask herself, "Has Ariel ever raised her hand to her mother? Has Ariel ever done anything that she's ashamed of to her mother?""

Ariel's rep, when asked for a comment;

"As we've stated previously, Ariel is happy and in a great place.  We will not comment any further."

Not seeing a tearful reconciliation on the cards any time in the near future.

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