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?

FYI: Jaden Smith is NOT Dead

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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frances bean cobain divorce 450 million dollar estate

Francis Bean Cobain has filed for divorce after 21 months of marriage, and has moved to protect the $450 million estate left to her by her father, Kurt Cobain.

In documents filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Cobain asks that all premarital assets be awarded to her as separate property.

She is currently paying spousal support to her husband, creepy Cobain look-alike Isaiah Silva, a musician. According to the documents, they married in June 2014 in a private ceremony. However, tabloids reported on the wedding in September, and noted that the guests did not include Cobain's mother, Courtney Love.

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The Wrap reports that irreconcilable differences were cited as the reason for the divorce. They quote the divorce papers as reading:

Petitioner requests that all gifts, inheritance, bequests and all other pre-marital assets, and all of her post-separation earnings, and acquisitions … be awarded to her as her separate property.

In the last few days, Frances has been seen out and about with Love, after many years of notorious estrangement. Perhaps she has turned to her mother for support. In any case, the pair looked relaxed together, a good sign after so much acrimony..

Frances was instrumental in the making of Montage of Heck, the highly rated 2015 documentary about her father, who died when she was only two years old.

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When the film came out, Frances and her mother gave separate interviews that revealed the wide gulf between them. At that time, Frances did not seem eager to patch things up.

Some Frances Cobain watchers worried about her relationship with Silva, who she began dating in 2010 and whose resemblance to Kurt is quite striking. She has been the object of much speculation, including worries about her fragile looking physique and supposed plastic surgery.

With Courtney Love ceaselessly fighting her own demons in the public eye, young Frances has not had much in the way of parental role models. She has complained in interviews about being treated as an extension of her father, whose tragic suicide at age 27 earned him icon status in the world of Rock music.

Frances Bean And Courtney Love Look Super Awkward At Montage Of Heck Premiere

She is also on record as not being much of a Nirvana fan.

Hopefully, Frances had some kind of prenuptial agreement with her husband. But if not, she will have the best legal representation money can buy.

frances bean cobain divorce 450 million dollar estate

frances bean cobain divorce 450 million dollar estate

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madonna losing her mind

Madonna showed up 4 hours late for a show in Melbourne, dressed as a clown, adding to speculation that she is losing her mind over the protracted custody battle for her teenage son Rocco.

Her free 'Tears of a Clown' show was billed as an evening of comedy, performance art and storytelling. Scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m., the crowd was not allowed into the venue until 11:30 p.m., and Madonna finally appeared just before midnight.

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Fans tweeted their predicament, some wondering how they could make it to work in the morning.

Madge took to the stage in full clown costume, riding a tricycle.

It's no secret that Madonna harbors a desire to do stand-up comedy. Once, she insisted on trying out some jokes on Late Night With David Letterman, and bombed so badly that it was hard to understand her motivation.

Her show in Melbourne was bizarre in all respects.

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Madonna apologized for the delay and explained that the show was a "work in progress." She also informed the audience that she wasn't making money on the tour because of all the late fees in each city. Complaining about those late fees probably did little to make amends for the fans' wasted hours, but that's Madge, Queen of Pop, for you.

The show had a carnival theme, with Madge circling the stage on her tricycle and 'comically' falling off.

According to CBS News:

Her antics during the show also involved testing out stand-up comedy routines between songs, giving two audience members each $100 and sporting a jewel-encrusted grill that made her difficult to understand. She performed many lesser-known tracks and acoustic versions of hits, as well as a cover of Elliott Smith's 'Between the Bars.'

Oh dear.

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During the 3 hour show, Madonna discussed her private life, dedicating the song 'Intervention' to her son Rocco, in front of a huge picture of him. Even as she shared her pain over her troubled relationship with the boy, ex-husband Guy Ritchie was appearing in court for another hearing in the ongoing custody struggle. Rocco wants to live in London with his father, despite a legal mandate that he live with his mother.

madonna losing her mind

According to reports, Madonna's storytelling included an anecdote about ex-husband Sean Penn. She described going to prison to visit Penn, who'd been placed near a serial killer. The latter always had a line of groupies waiting to see him, while no one but Madonna came to see Penn.

The custody battle must be brutal for Madonna, as it would be for any mother. She clearly feels that she is losing her son, even though it is typical for a teen of his age to want to pull away from his mother.

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Her efforts to hang on to Rocco are only making matters worse, but perhaps Madonna is unable to take advice from child development experts. Publicly airing the dispute, and posting embarrassing photos of Rocco, seems destined to alienate him.

It's hard to watch this real life family drama but because it's Madonna, it's not clear whether she's coming undone by grief or just making sure she stays in the spotlight.

'Send In The Clowns' has an especially poignant appropriateness here.

Poor Madonna.

madonna losing her mind

madonna losing her mind

Ciara Sues Future

Ciara and Future have been at war since they called off their engagement and split in August 2014.

It's been a rocky relationship and in the most part it's been the rapper who has thrown the public shade at his baby momma, all under the guise of creative license. Who can forget the classic Pussy Overrated which speaks for itself and came out just after their break up?

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However, there is a vast difference between song lyrics and out and out publicly slagging her off as a mother of their son Future Zahir Wilburn, and Ciara has had enough—she's suing his ass.

TMZ obtained the suit which cites a few interviews where he spoke on her and boyfriend Russell Wilson;

"Ciara calls out Future for a radio interview in which he discussed a now infamous photo of Wilson pushing Ciara and Future's son in his stroller.  Future said, "She probably set him [Russell] up.  You letting them catch that photo.  Leave my son out of all publicity stunts.

Ciara points out several other interviews, but she's also pissed about her baby daddy's Twitter rant in January when Future said, "This bitch got control problems...I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future...the fuckery for 15k a month."

Ciara says in the suit that she has made sure Future sees their son, and that they've had at least 19 visitations, some over several days since December 2014.

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She is suing him for libel and slander to the tune of $15 million as she reckons his comments were made with malice and all to publicize his music.  She wants all his nasty tweets deleted and she wants him blocked from saying anything about baby Future in future.

No response from Future or his lawyers yet but we do expect a comment in the near future.

Ciara Sues Future

Ciara Sues Future