Working together with family can turn out to be a difficult experience, but sometimes it really works, until it doesn’t. Many celebrities who hired their moms or dads as managers end up firing them sooner or later.
While celebrities like Katherine Heigl have a great working relationship for decades, most actors and singer who get a momager or a dadager end up among the celebrities who fired their parents. Find out more about their reasons for terminating the professional relationship.
The singer has worked with her parents for a long time. While her mother is still on board for the House of Deréon fashion line, Beyoncé decided to fire her dad in 2011 and get a new manager, two years after her parents divorces.
“When I turned 18 and started handling my business more, he went into shock. And we had our issues,” Beyoncé told Oprah, explaining that her father struggled with letting her grow up professionally.
After letting her mother, Melanie Sloan, manage her career until 2009, Scarlett Johansson decided it was time to move on when she married Ryan Reynolds. She’s one of the celebrities who fired their parents, despite the fact that her mother had been her manager since the age of 9. “Once I got married, I felt that I needed to cut the cord,” she told Vanity Fair.
Jonetta Patton, Usher’s mom, wasn’t fired just once. Even though she managed his career turning the singer into a star, Patton was first fired in 2007. A year later, Usher hired back his mom, but their professional relationship didn’t last, and he parted ways from his momager again in 2009.
After turning 21, Selena Gomez also became one of the celebrities who fired their parents. The singer and actress decided that she wanted a seasoned professional manager, as opposed to her mother and stepfather, Mandy and Brian Teefey, who had been with her singer her Disney Channel days. Apparently, their disapproval in Selena’s reunion with Justin Bieber also played a part in their split.
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Even though her mother gave birth to her in prison, while serving time for drug smuggling, Leighton Meester let her manage her career until 2011. The “Gossip Girl” sued her mother for misusing funds and had to deal with a countersuit, which was eventually dismissed.
Some celebrities who fired their parents don’t get new managers. After becoming the highest paid child actor in Hollywood, Macaulay Culkin decided to leave showbiz behind for years. He had been managed by his father Kit Culkin until the age of 14, but when his parents divorced, things got ugly, and Macauley became estranged from his father.
Deciding that her daughter was going to be a star just five days after giving birth, Teri Shields assumed the role of momager and was in charge of her daughter’s career until 1995. Teri made a number of controversial decisions, including allowing her daughter to be photographed naked at the age of 10, playing the part of a prostitute at the age of 12 and doing racy Calvin Klein ads at 14.
Dina Lohan gave up her own career to manage Lindsay, but her daughter also eventually became one of the celebrities who fired their parents. Lindsay’s career had much bigger problems than her mom’s management, from legal issues to a huge image problem, and the actress hasn’t managed to overcome her obstacles and get back on top with or without her mom’s help.
In 2003, Aaron Carter decided to cut ties professional from his momager. He accused his mother of being responsible for financial discrepancies, to the tune of $100,000, and for trying to control him. Nick Carter’s younger brother claimed that his momager also prevented his father from attending his concerts.
Some celebrities who fired their parents manage to keep a good personal relationship, but LeAnn Rimes became temporarily estranged from her father Wilbur after firing him from his jobs as co-manager and producer. The singer claimed that her two managers made off with $8 million of her money, but they eventually settled the matter out of court.