Give Me the Money

Ah, parents. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them… Or can you?

Many child stars believe they would be better off being independent from their parents, most of them before they can even drive, so they go to court to basically divorce their parents. Crazy? Well, they have their reasons.

Seeking emancipation is not uncommon in the world of entertainment. Many stars, like Macaulay Culkin, file for emancipation because they are tired of their parents’ greed and mismanagement of their money, while others, like Alicia Silverstone, just want to get around child labor laws so they can work more hours and take on more demanding roles.

Culkin, one of America’s favorite and most successful child stars from the “Home Alone” movies, became emancipated at the age of 16. His parents went through a brutal custody fight, and Culkin decided to subtract himself – and his $17 million earnings – from the equation. The family accountant was then in charge of the money until Culkin turned 18.

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In contrast, Silverstone, popularly known for her role in “Clueless,” became emancipated at the age of 15, with her parents’ blessing, simply to land more jobs, specifically a role in the movie “The Crush.” The producers of the film encouraged Silverstone to go through with the emancipation in order to work with them. Her parents were cautious and concerned about losing their daughter, but “nothing really changed,” Silverstone said.

Many parents become their child’s manager, however, these family-business relationships have often resulted in arguments, lawsuits and even loss of contact among families.

Keeping personal life and business separate may seem like it would be an easy fix, but is there really a solution? It may go back to the morality of the parents, maybe the arrogance of the child… No one is perfect, but at the end of the day it is important to keep family close, am I right?

-Chelsea Church



Silver linings: 2 child stars who went from good to bad, to good again

Smiles. Big, bubbly personalities. Drew Barrymore and Demi Lovato have been known for these attributes since they began their careers as children. But behind these smiling faces were difficult childhoods and issues. Their unconventional environments made it difficult to grow up normally and lead both of them to serious issues such as drugs, mental illness and alcoholism. Luckily, both of these famous faces are back to health and therefore they are our blog’s silver linings.

Drew Barrymore:

Barrymore’s childhood was far from the norm. Her mother, Ildiko Jaid, split from her husband, Drew Barrymore Jr. and began to take her daughter on auditions. In fact, her very first television debut was for a dog food commercial and she was only a year-old. By the time she was four, she appeared in her first film. But the film that launched her success, was her role in E.T.: The Extraterrestrial when she was just seven. From that point on, Drew was in the spotlight, with her mother by her side. Drew had a very hard relationship with her mother, and she tells Today, that when she thinks of her mother during those years she gave her “‘zero protection, zero consistency,’”. shares that Jaid took Drew into clubs including, Studio 54 from a young age leading her to into drugs and alcohol consumption. By the time she was 13, she was in the hospital for drug addiction, because her mother and her friends would go out almost every night of the week, according to Drew emancipated from her mother at the age of 14. She reflects on the Today Show, saying “‘… walking away from my mom and shaking hands, and saying, ‘We need to emancipate,’ those were just the facts,” Drew recalled. “That was where our journey had led us to, and we were actually okay with— that that’s where we needed to go at that point.’” Drew went on to having years of trouble with drug abuse, failed marriages and a bad girl reputation. But when she started her production company, she began to turn a new leaf. She began to be a successful businesswoman and actress again. Today, Drew is speaking out about her troubled past and is happy and healthy with two beautiful children, although she was recently divorced.

Demi Lovato:

Demi is known to many around the world, just by her first name. The pop star and actress has truly made her mark on TV and music in recent years. Like many child stars, Demi has had her series of struggles with drug addiction, mental illness and eating disorders. Demi began her career singing at a Dallas Cowboys halftime show. By the time she was 10, she was starring in Barney and Friends, with fellow pop star, Selena Gomez. Demi soon went on to play minor roles in movies and tv shows until she landed a Disney mini series, As the Bell Rings. When Demi was 16, she was cast in a Disney Channel Original Movie: Camp Rock with none other than the famous Jonas Brothers. Afterward, she would go on to record a few tracks with them and Disney. She was then given her own show on Disney called “Sonny With a Chance.” But even before all this fame, Demi had struggles with her body image. She tells American Way Magazine, that her mother was bulimic after she split from her father when Demi was only 18-months-old. “‘Even though I was 2 or 3 years old,” Lovato says, “being around somebody who was 80 pounds and had an active eating disorder … it’s hard not to grow up like that.’” When she was only 12-years-old when she began her journey with bulimia and self harm by cutting her wrists. After she landed her role in Camp Rock, she was using cocaine, oxycontin and drinking. According to Cosmopolitan,  Demi believed since she was making the most money in her family she could do whatever she pleased. After punching a dancer on her tour with the Jonas Brothers, Demi was sent to rehab. There, she would be diagnosed as bulimic and bipolar. Since seeking treatment and recovering in 2012, Demi has become one of the largest celebrity voices with dealing with addiction and mental health. As she continues to make history in the music charts, Demi continues to make her own history by opening up about her mental illness. She explains to AW Magazine, that the more people discuss mental illness, the more prevalent and pressing this issue becomes.

-Maeve Dale

Lohan Life: Struggles of Child Stardom


Many celebrities are tossed into the world of fame at very young ages. Being a child star sounds fabulous and fun, but what happens when you grow up?

The media suffocates stars and follows their every move. It’s no wonder some of them end up going a little (or a lot) insane…

Many child stars have grown up and have fallen down a spiraling staircase of chaos. There are many factors that could potentially play a role in this downfall including: lack of positive support from family, constantly being viewed by the world and feeling like they can’t escape the public eye, the need to rebel, etc.

These pressures have led some stars to lash out and/or form a drug and alcohol addiction.

As consumers of the media, we are intrigued by the lives of celebrities, especially the ones we grew up watching on TV. It feels weird to us to see that kid actor who was so sweet and innocent not be so sweet and innocent anymore.

Lindsay Lohan is a prime example of a celebrity that has encountered a few… let’s say, rough patches within her famous lifetime.


Lohan started her career in 1998 at the age of 11 when she starred in the remake of the 1961 movie The Parent Trap. In 2004, after her debut in the award winning classic, Mean Girls, is when problems really started generating for Lohan, according to The Sun.

Lohan has had two DUIs, been arrested six times (one being for possession of cocaine), been in seven car accidents, spent two weeks in jail and has made six trips to rehab.

In an interview with Oprah, Lohan expressed that her addiction to alcohol, that also served as a gateway to other things, like drugs, stemmed from her “chaotic home” as a child. Her father has been arrested over nine times, and her mother has been accused of mismanaging Lohan’s career and partying with her at a young age. The two got a divorce in 2007 after 22 years of a “rocky” marriage.

Despite the craziness, Lohan states that she loves her family and defends them by saying “nobody’s perfect.” However, she does not deny the effect that it had on her life.

According to The Sun, Lohan is now living in London and seems to be doing a lot better.    You go, girl.

-Chelsea Church

Child stars create pop divas

Britney. Miley. Christina.

The power of the first name. All of these pop icons are known worldwide by one single name. But what do they all have in common? They were all child stars.

Britney Spears

When Britney was just 8-years-old she traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, where she auditioned for the TV series hit Mickey Mouse Club, according to Fox News. This popular show aired on and off starting in 1955, before finally ending in 1996. Spears was first rejected by the show before being cast a year later in 1992. After the show ended, she began sending out demo CDs. She was rejected by many labels, but by the time she was 16 her debut album, …Baby One More Time, was released. Her stardom skyrocketed from that point on, selling 10 million copies that year.

Miley Cyrus

According to the Biography Channel, this pop icon originally started her acting career around the age of 8, where she played in minor roles in TV shows and movies. When Miley was 14, she received her own show on Disney called Hannah Montana. This immediately launched her singing career. She released two albums with the TV series both selling over 3 million copies. When Cyrus was 16, she released her album that went along with her movie: Hannah Montana: The Movie. She became the youngest singer to have 4 albums to go to number one on the Billboard charts. She has because the most watched music video on Vevo in 24 hours and was even the first artist to reach 100 million views on their site.

Christina Aguilera

Christina began her singing career at the age of 8. She finally got her big break when she premiered on the live talent show Star Search when she was 11-years-old. Soon after, she was cast in Mickey Mouse Club. When she was 14, Christina recorded her first single and from then she was recognized and chosen to sing on the soundtrack of Mulan, which landed her on the charts for the first time. Her self-titled first album was released in 1999, and landed her at number one on the charts. She went on to win “Best New Artist” at the Grammys that same year. She is also ranked 58th in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers”. She went from teen pop star to pop diva. To date, the pop diva has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.

-Maeve Dale