It's hard not to be brought to the world's attention through the media when your mom and/or dad is a major celebrity. From musicians to actors, and business moguls, models and television stars, being famous has its own share of ups and downs, plus baggage of having each tiny detail of your public and personal life laid bare before millions of people across the world. In this day and age of social media, the news spreads even faster and wider, depending on how famous you are. It isn't always one of the best spots to be in because you may have been famous gradually, but your kids were born into fame so they're kinda famous even if they're not riding on it per se. Most celebrities' kids are forced into a life of fame and into the limelight, not necessarily by their parents, but the parents' fans are so demanding, they want all the juice, so the paparazzi work overtime to deliver on this.
It's difficult to understand what celebrities go through if you've not walked a mile in their shoes, but it does feel kinda difficult to constantly live under the shadow of celebrity parents. Here are some celebrity parents who don't push their kids to fame, and others who don't mind the extra attention.
25 Out Of The Spotlight: Eminem
While some celebrity kids grow up or are pushed to the spotlight, Eminem, also known as Marshall Mathers isn't on board with that. You probably only know about Hailie Jade Scott Mathers, the one kid that Eminem sings about a lot in his music, including the popular 'Stan' track. Well, she is his biological and first child with baby mama Kimberly Anne Scott. The rapper and his ex-wife have had an on and off again relationship, but that hasn't necessarily affected who their daughter has grown up to become. Kimberly, 42, has been married to the Grammy award winner not once, but twice. The couple had Hailie in 1995, on Christmas Day, when they were in their early 20s.
As young as they were, and with a strained relationship, they married four years later, and in 2001, they divorced. However, this didn't affect how they raised their daughter. Eminem has been overprotective of Hailie and even kept her from the spotlight. But it wasn't until recent years that we started hearing about Hailie doing her own thing. Today, NickiSwift says, The Real Slim Shady's daughter is all grown up. Her debut in her dad's songs such as "Mockingbird", "97 Bonnie and Clyde", and "Hailie's Song", gave her a platform to music, even getting featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest credited performer on an R&B song at the age of six. But Hailie isn't the only child Eminem has been taking care of. He also has two adopted girls, Alaina and Whitney, and he took custody of his younger brother Nate, who loves to rap just like his big bro.
24 Out Of The Spotlight: Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner is also a mama bear when it comes to her kids. The actress, who has been married to fellow actor Ben Affleck, has three kids - two girls, Violet and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, and one boy - Samuel Garner Affleck. The couple started dating in mid-2004 and got married in 2005 in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony, but after about 12 years of marriage, they announced their intention to divorce in June 2015 and sought joint physical and legal custody of their kids. The two Hollywood stars never miss a moment to support their children in their school and other activities, but they are also very watchful when it comes to shielding them from paparazzi. In fact, Garner's son, Samuel, hates paparazzi more than his sisters do. "Of all my kids, he hates them the most," the actress said on The Dr. Oz show. "He hates them." She said that six paparazzi cars were always parked next to her home daily, and between 15 to 20 on the weekends. However, with the legislation on paparazzi, Garner says things are now better, even though the celebrity photographers still regularly follow and take pics of her and Affleck, and their kids - but fewer pics have been released and published since the law took effect. E! News says that the Miracles From Heaven star speaking to her son about the paparazzi said, "We have to talk about the fact they can't hurt you. They can't touch you. They're far away. We can't make them go away. We just have to live our lives, son, and do the best we can,'" she said. "And you know what? That is just something he's gonna have to grow up with because if we move to Timbuktu, some fool in Timbuktu's gonna buy a camera and follow us around if they can make a living off of it."
23 Out Of The Spotlight: Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes
This couple is so discreet in their affairs, sometimes it's easy to forget that they're actually together. In fact, People magazine calls them Hollywood's most cryptic pair. The lovebirds, Ryan Gosling 37, and Eva Mendes 43, were first spotted on the set of 2011's The Place Beyond the Pines, sharing a sweet moment, after which pics of their romantic date at Disneyland shook the web. But they're so good at staying low-key that we almost never hear about them. Perhaps what made even bigger headlines is when they revealed that they were having their first child, daughter Esmeralda, in July 2014. Two years later, they had a second daughter, Amanda Lee, but unlike Brangelina or Kimye, these two managed to keep their daughters' births a secret. Clearly, they're not pushing their kids into fame, and they really don't want to be in the spotlight. However, they're both hands-on parents and all they want is to give their girls a normal upbringing, despite their celebrity status. They don't even have a nanny to help them with the kids - that's how involved they are.
22 Out Of The Spotlight: Donald Glover and Michelle Rodriguez
He may call himself Childish Gambino, but he sure is a great dad! Donald Glover, a rapper and probably your favorite character from Community, has a beautiful son Legend, and recently welcomed his second child with girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez, according to E! News. The Atlanta star says fatherhood hasn't changed him though, but he and Michelle are definitely not pushing their little ones to fame anytime soon. Despite his very busy schedule, Glover, who won the Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series award, has time to take care of his woman and children. In an interview with E! News, he gushed about how he loved playing music for his daughter while she was in the womb, describing it as a good feeling. "I put it on the headphones and then put it on the belly, and just listen up," he said. He rarely lets details on his personal life spill into the media. However, he sometimes shares with the world tidbits about his children, and we love it!
21 Out Of The Spotlight: Sandra Bullock
A-list actress Sandra Bullock, has always had a relatively low-key persona and profile even before she became a mom. The Oscar winner, who has headlined so many successful movies, has two kids, Louis, 8 and Laila,5, whose privacy, she steadfastly works to maintain and protect. In fact, you never really hear about them unless she wants you to, despite her being a household name. Bullock, 53, spoke to InStyle magazine about her advocacy for adoption calling for an end to the phrase, "my adopted child", seeing as both her kids are adopted. “Let’s all just refer to these kids as ‘our kids.’ Don’t say, ‘my adopted child.’ No one calls their kid their ‘IVF child’ or their ‘Oh, s—, I went to a bar and got knocked up child.’ Let’s just say, ‘our children.’” She has managed to keep her family a private affair, but she has spoken about her children, saying Louis is super-sensitive, while her daughter Laila is a fighter. "Lou is super-sensitive. I call him my 78-year-old son. He's like Shecky Greene, a Jewish Catskills comic. He's wise and kind. I saw that when they handed him to me. There was a spiritual bigness to him. I was like, 'I hope I don't eff that up.'" Laila is "a fighter, and that's the reason she's here today. She fought to keep her spirit intact," she adds. "Oh my God, what she is going to accomplish. She's going to bring some real change," she explained. Bullock raises her kids with boyfriend, Bryan Randall, who the kids love (and prefer) because he's kind, more fun, and has better treats.
20 Out Of The Spotlight: Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell and her husband of five years, Dax Shepard, welcomed their first child Lincoln Shepard in 2013, and a year later, they welcomed Delta Bell. The couple, who are practical about parenting, have also managed to keep their kids away from the ever-prying eyes of the paparazzi, and that actually works well for them. However, with packed work schedules and two kids to raise, Kristen admitted to E! News at the premiere of Pandas that prioritizing both can be kinda tricky. "It's a very particular family schedule when we're both working," Kristen said, adding, "Although I'm not working right now so he is taking on a larger workload. It's choreographed, I guess, to make sure someone is always there and present for our kids." They're however grateful for working in Hollywood, as Kristen said, terming it as 'family friendly'. "You can bring your children to work, or I could nurse the baby when I was working early on," Bell recalled. "I hope to see more businesses—not just the acting world—allow that kind of stuff." The couple believes that children need to be loved, given opportunities to build their self-esteem and believe in themselves, and in that way, they can prove to themselves they're great. As much as fans enjoy seeing photos of the couple and their epic adventures, finding pics of their two daughters is not easy because they're notoriously private about it.
19 Out Of The Spotlight: Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
If there's a couple who know how to literally hide their children from the spotlight, let alone keep them from it, its got to be actress Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha. The two even kept their own relationship a secret until news broke that they actually got married. In fact, E! News were the first to let us in on it, otherwise, no one - except the invitees and the couple - knew about the exclusive wedding that happened in Blaine County, Idaho. Kerry is good at hiding from cameras and has managed to maintain a low profile on personal matters. The Scandal star, who is also an Emmy-nominated actress, delivered her first child, Isabelle Amarachi two weeks before TMZ got wind of the baby's arrival, and the couple later welcomed a son, Caleb Kelechi, on October 5, 2016, in Los Angeles. Kerry has been busy on screen and stage for over a decade and a half now, but she manages to prioritize career, fame, and family with so much ease. She told Lena Dunham of Marie Claire, "Earlier in my career, I was much more super-sharey. There were moments when I wanted to process things that were happening to me more privately, and I didn't have the space to do it, because once you let people in, they're in and you don't get to say, 'Oh, I want this for myself.'" And the more successful you got, the more everybody wants in. Well, we're yet to catch a glimpse of her kids, and we hope it won't take forever to see them.
18 Out Of The Spotlight: Halle Berry
The gorgeous and talented American actress, Halle Berry, has also been a victim of the paparazzi but unfortunately, so have her kids Nahla Ariela Aubry, whom she had while in a relationship with model Gabriel Aubry, and Maceo Robert Martinez, her son with current husband Olivier Martinez. In 2017, Halle posted a rare pic of her son peeking out from behind some branches, and she's known to never show her baby's faces - well, at least not completely. In 2016, she shared a photo of daughter Nahla and Maceo which only showed us their smiling mouths, and t-shirts. In her own explanation, Halle said, “It’s my belief, and I’m not criticizing others who have different beliefs, that it’s my job as their mother to protect their privacy as best I can. When they grow and they’re of age and they want to share their images on the internet that will be for them to decide, not me.” After she posted that pic on her Instagram account, as VH1 reported, one user implied the actress was ashamed of her children which is why she hid their faces from her feed, but Halle clapped back saying, "I've noticed you have said this several times now so let me be clear — I'm not at all ashamed of my children," she wrote. "I try to find creative ways to incorporate them into my feed because they are the biggest part of my life, but I also work very hard to keep their identities as private as I can considering they are only children."
17 Out Of The Spotlight: Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson is one of the world's biggest and most popular music legends, who grew in the shadow of her pop star brother, the late Michael Jackson. Janet, who quietly married Qatari businessman, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, gave birth to their son Eissa in January 2017, and is one of those parents who want to keep their kids off the spotlight. However, this may not be easy to do especially with the statuses of her and her estranged husband. Recently, news reports were abuzz of the music icon and cultural legend's call to the cops after her son's nanny got terrified over Al Mana's behavior. According to People magazine, Jackson and Al Mana’s split in April 2017, which was about three months after Jackson gave birth to son Eissa. The 17-month old baby was with his dad at Nobu hotel in California, when Janet made the 10 p.m phone call to the police. Her son, she says, makes her feel at peace, blessed and blissful. “Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace,” she told Billboard. “I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world.” It is clear just how much Janet is willing to do to protect her little one, not just from the spotlight, but from any harm or danger, regardless of the source.
16 Out Of The Spotlight: Michael Jackson
As the 9th anniversary of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson's death fast approaches, people across the world can celebrate his life and remember the immense contribution the pop icon added to the global music industry. The legendary singer passed away at just 50 years of age, back in June 25, 2009, leaving behind three kids - Paris, Prince and Blanket - all of whom he tried his best to keep out of the spotlight while he was alive. Michael used to cover his kids' faces from the paparazzi each time he was out with them, placing masks and blankets over their heads just so nobody could get a clear shot of the children. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Paris Jackson said she was confused and didn't understand why her father made her wear a mask in public, but she now understands what his intention was.'I didn't get why I was wearing a mask. But I understand it now – why my dad would want our faces to be covered. When we went out without him we wouldn't be recognized,' she told Winfrey, as reported by DailyMail. Apparently, Michael wanted his kids to live a normal childhood unlike what he went through, because he didn't actually get to have one because he started music at a really tender age. 'He told us that when he was younger he didn't really have a childhood,' says Paris. 'He would always be stuck in the studio singing while the kids were out playing. He wanted us to have that.' 'Chuck E. Cheese's and Toys R Us were our favorite places to go.' 'We had a normal childhood – including trips to the children's arcade and restaurant Chuck E. Cheese's,' she explained to the veteran talk show host. Ibtimes says the kids have maintained the same level of privacy though some have been in the public more often.
15 Out Of The Spotlight: Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman and her husband Benjamin Millepied aren't too thrilled about sharing their personal stuff, especially when it comes to their children. In fact, at one time, Daily Mail says that the Annihilation actress, while speaking to Ellen Degeneres on her show, said she kept her little girl's gender a secret because she felt like it. 'I maybe didn't want to tell everyone in the whole world,' she explained to Ellen on the Ellen Degeneres show. Ellen had actually wagered a $1000 to Portman that she'd give birth to a baby girl, so the mother of two - son Aleph and daughter Amalia - had to donate the cash to The Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund. However, they've been spotted on different occasions with their kids, and the paps just cannot stay away from them, though the couple doesn't outrightly put their kids on the spotlight as some other celebrities do. Like in December 2017, they were spotted stepping out from their Rio hotel with their kids, heading for a stroll through the Ipanema beach, a day before New Year's Eve. She even hid her baby under a nursing cover as she breastfed her while strolling through a local shop. Perhaps the time when media were the most attentive was when she announced that she'd skip an Oscar's ceremony, so most people, according to Vanity Fair, were suspicious of whether or not she had welcomed her new baby at the time. She gave birth four days before then, so clearly she kept their new baby secret for over a week!
14 Out Of The Spotlight: Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is not your ordinary celebrity mom - she's a mama bear! The Oscar winner is known to be a fierce lioness when it comes to protecting her three cubs, whom she raises protectively together with husband Danny Moder. The three, twins Hazel Patricia and Phinnaeus, and little Henry Daniel, are clearly the apples of her eye, so she'll do just about anything to ensure they're safe and hidden from the prying paparazzi. One time, as reported by Radar magazine, Julia confronted a photographer, literally getting into his face after she spotted him snapping pics of her family while in Los Angeles. She was walking with hubby Danny and their three children, when she confronted him. In 2007, she is reported to have chased a paparazzo in her car, honking wildly at him until he pulled over, then chewed him out. The Eat Pray Love star doesn't subscribe to the celebrity mothering of social media sharing pics of her kids on Instagram or Snapchat and Twitter, which shows the lengths she goes to safeguard their privacy, as told by People magazine. On paparazzi taking pics of celebrities' kids as HuffPo reports, Julia says, "I just feel like it’s so demeaning the way they behave, and I hate the fact that I even put any of my energy into thinking about it or being stressed about it. And really, more than anything, it just has to do with my kids. There’s no reason to take pictures of celebrities’ children other than for people to say, “Oh, they’re cute.” I think magazines shouldn’t run pictures of people’s kids. I have a problem with that. I also have a problem with the whole notion that, if I have Henry in a sling, I’m hiding him. He’s a baby and I’m carrying him around, and so’s the lady across the street. I get pissed off, because I think that it’s inhuman to chase a woman with her children.”
13 Out Of The Spotlight: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu is mom to an adorable little boy, Rockwell Lloyd Liu, who was brought into the world via gestational carrier, or what we know as a gestational surrogate . According to E! News, the Elementary actress actually caught her fans by surprise after sharing a photo of her newborn son in 2015, captioning the shot, "Introducing the new little man in my life, my son Rockwell Lloyd Liu. In [love]." As gestational surrogacy continues to rise in popularity, Liu, who spoke to CBS News in an interview, shed light on the stigma surrounding the practice saying, ""I didn't realize there was criticism until after I sent out the information that I had my baby through a gestational carrier and my friends said, 'Don't listen to what some people are saying.' I didn't realize people were saying anything negative!" she told the site. Her son Rockwell is actually h er first child, and she announced his birth via Twitter, where she introduced him as the 'new little man' in her life. According to the Charlie's Angels star, its not about how things happen but the parenting process is the most important after all is said and done. "I didn't really think about it at all. I just went ahead and did it," Liu said. "It doesn't matter the machinations of how things occur. How you love and parent a child is most important. That's the support system, really." Despite the backlash, Liu soldiered on, and she's even more protective of her little one now more than ever before. The pregnancy itself was also kept under wraps, and even after Rockwell's birth, Liu has been coy with photos of him.
12 Out Of The Spotlight: Adele
English singer and songwriter, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, popularly known by her first name, Adele, is not one to joke with when she doesn't want her son, Angelo Adkins, cast into the spotlight without her consent. The singer, who is famous for her hit single 'Hello', and her partner, Simon Konecki, brought a privacy case over a photo agency Corbis Images UK Limited, as BBC reported, over pictures of her son's 'milestone moments'. Subsequently, the court found that the agency was liable and they had to pay damages and legal costs, which Corbis agreed to do, and also not to use the images again. The photos of Angelo with his mom, Adele, were taken in 2013, in the months of June and November, and the agency, which was trading as Splash News and Picture Agency, availed them for publishing in the English Press. Lawyers for Angelo accepted the five-figure sum in damage that the High Court in London fined the agency, as settlement for the case. The agency will also continue in efforts to improve the laws relating to paparazzi and children in general, building on Adele's successful campaign in California. Clearly, her son was isn't and must never be public property. The songstress is very private about her son's life, at some point after his birth, no one had an idea of what his name was, and it took years for the paparazzi to eventually figure it out, The Mirror said.
11 Out Of The Spotlight: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
This power, A-list couple shocked their fans when they debuted their kids to the world after years of hiding. According to Romper, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, both movie stars and who have two kids - a girl and boy - left the public hungry for gossip for a long time, only to debut their kids much later - and it was huge! While no one owes anybody information about their own children, regardless of who their parents are or what they do in life, Reynolds and Blake took their time to let their children be seen out in the public space, even hiding the names until months after they were born. In 201, Reynolds spoke to Willie Geist of Today magazine saying, "I didn't want to be the first guy screaming it out to the media. Because as we know, little girls turn into teenage girls and little teenage girls sometimes scan through the archives and go, 'Why did you do that?'" While Reynolds and Lively tacitly agreed to be stalked by paparazzi when they became actors (and really, that's up for debate), James and her sister are not actors. They're not extensions of their parents; they're private citizens who deserve as normal a childhood as they can manage. We totally agree!
10 Out Of The Spotlight: Matt Damon
While most Hollywood stars began acting at such a young age, which also got them used to the industry, Matt Damon had a late start because his mom, Nancy, was totally opposed to the whole child actors concept. According to Telegraph, Matt, who debuted his first film role at 18 years of age in the movie Mystic Pizza, back in 1988, revealed this to America's Esquire magazine in an interview, saying, "My mother thought it was child abuse. She literally did. She was a professor who specialized in early childhood development, and she thought putting a child onstage or in a commercial or in a movie was child abuse. 'So when I did Elysium with Jodie Foster, I asked her. I mean, she’s basically been acting since she was born. I figured, if anyone’s going to know, it should be her, right? So I asked her. And she sort of smiled and said, "It depends on the child." Matt met his wife, Luciana Barroso, in 2003 while filming Miami, and she was working behind a bar. Two years later, they got married, and he became father to her 15 year old daughter, Alexia, but together they have three other daughters: Isabella, Gia and Stella. The couple are also protective about their kids, and Daily Mail says the couple have been able to keep their personal life from the public eye. 'If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it’s worth it. I look at Brad Pitt - and I have for years - and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.'
9 Out Of The Spotlight: Kate Winslet
With three kids from three different marriages, Berkshire-born Kate Winslet, the star actress of the classic movie, The Titanic, knows all too well the importance of protecting them from the spotlight, and keeping them there. Kate loves her kids, Mia, Joe and Bear, so much, and finds them 'absolutely adorable' together, according to Daily Mail. 'They're absolutely adorable together. They're very helpful, I must say. I really love hanging out with my kids. They're terrific people. They're kind of happy in who they are, too, and that's all you can really hope for them - that they love being themselves,' she said of her blended family. She not only hides her own kids from the public eyes, but she also hides her own fame from them, as she revealed that she doesn't want them to know that she is famous. Together with her ex-husband, director Sam Mendes, she went to great lengths to ensure they only knew she had a voice-over role for the animation film Flushed Away. "I want to stand still and just be a mum. My kids don't understand the reality of Hollywood life," she told the Sunday Mirror (when her kids were much younger). "I want them to come to understand it in their own way, when I feel they're ready. "They just think Mummy's job is making the voice of a rat in a film and that's perfect. They don't watch me on TV. If I'm on a talk show I'll tell Sam to turn the telly off. We don't even have magazines in the house. If we're walking down the street and I see myself on a movie poster, I'll turn round and walk the other way."
8 Out Of The Spotlight: Scarlett Johansson
Although Scarlett Johansson or ScarJo's custody battle and divorce from her French husband Roman Dauriac was finally settled, quietly, the Avengers star had to seek shorter schedule, according to Pagesix, in order accommodate her work travel, and also have time for her daughter Rose Dorothy Dauriac. However, she's known to detest the paparazzi especially when they take pics of her family. In an article published on Time magazine, ScarJo shared how she and her family were stalked by a photographer who documented for more than six hours without their knowledge, as they were strolling, having dinner with and taking their daughter to the movies. 'The pictures were then published by both TMZ and The Daily Mail, packaged as “Scarlett Johansson and Ex-Husband Co-Parenting While Christmas Shopping,” and published for the viewing pleasure of the general public. While this may seem to some like a harmless photo op, a side effect of being in the public eye, I wholeheartedly disagree. My job may put me in the spotlight and I certainly have a public persona, but my family and I are private citizens, as well. We are not zoo animals to be publicly viewed and documented. We have the right to a private life just as any other family does. We have the right to live presently in the moment with our children and not be looking over our shoulders, living a paranoid existence where we never know if shady figures are documenting our child’s every move,' she wrote, asking the media outlets to sign the 'No Kids Policy' which she has been advocating for. .
7 Out Of The Spotlight: Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams is probably the outgoing one between him and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, who mainly keeps herself away from the spotlight. The couple has a son, Rocket, who is the firstborn child, and welcomed triplets in 2017, as The Sun reported. The news about the birth of the triplets was kept quiet for the first six months of the pregnancy, but even after their birth, the couple opted to keep their kids from the public eyes. Apparently, they've not even been named (or we don't know their names yet) and like Julia Roberts' kids, they have also been kept away from social media. Rocket, who was born in 2008, could be seen once in a while hanging out with his dad, but finding pics of the couple with their kids or one of them with any of their children is also rare online, whether those are posted by Pharrell or anyone who may know the family. They've managed to keep their own from the limelight, even though his wife was considered a model and designer having been known for her fashion sense on the red carpets. What the star talks most about is his love for his children, he even wrote a song for Despicable Me called 'Rocket's Theme' just for his son. As for the triplets, he keeps dropping snippets in form of photos that show life with the trio, but not necessarily their faces or gender, like when he posted a pic of three sets of custom-made booties courtesy of Adidas.
6 Out Of The Spotlight: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis will do just about anything to keep their kids from the spotlight. The duo also have secret social media accounts that they keep just so they can share photos with their family and closest friends. According to The Sun, the A-lister couple, who have two kids - daughter Wyatt and son Dimitri - are determined to keep them from the glare of paparazzi for as long as they possibly can, and they do everything in their power to hide the kids' identities. Ashton told iHeartRadio in the Thrive Global Podcast about the private social network where he and Mila share stuff with their families to see the kids and other things, but they don't do it publicly. "We have a private social network that we share stuff with the families so the grandparents can see the kids and stuff. But we don't share any photos of our kids publicly because we feel that being public is a personal choice," he said. "My wife and I have chosen a career where we're in the public light, but my kids have not so I think they have the right to choose that. I actually don't think that they should have images of them as children that somebody could potentially blackmail with or do whatever. To him, being a dad and protecting his little ones is his major priority, so if they think their kids should have the choice to be in the limelight or not, then they'll go with that. "I am Wyatt and Dimitri's dad ... everything else is secondary," he explained.
5 Push Fame: John Travolta
Besides his immense wealth, which includes four aircrafts, American actor, film producer, dancer and singer, John Travolta, also has a wonderful family with his wife, Kelly Preston, and three children, whom he gives the space to be whatever they want to be (though he lost his son Jett to what is known as Kawasaki disease, which he had since he was two years). Unlike the celebrities we've seen that are determined to keep their kids away from the limelight, Travolta and his wife are kinda out there with it. Since the 70s, the star actor has kept millions of people across the world entertained with hits such as Saturday Night Fever, and Grease, plus his comeback hit, Pulp Fiction. Perhaps it is this great and successful career in acting that inspired one of his kids, daughter Ella, to try out her hand in acting. Travolta appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and announced her debut in big screen comedy, according to All Parenting magazine, via the film Old Dogs. Speaking about her, Travolta told Oprah "She's a natural performer. She's just like I was. I didn't push it at all, because I knew that worked. My mother didn't push me, either. We were just given our space to be whatever we wanted to be, and I decided that works better than any kind of pressure." John added, "Unless they're afraid they're going to be rejected and they want to protect them. And I can imagine parents would fear that, but you can be rejected in any profession."
4 Push Fame: Will and Jada Smith
This is probably the most liberal of celebrity couples when it comes to parenting and raising their kids in the limelight. According to E! News, Will Smith, who has been a huge advocate of letting his kids be open with him throughout their childhood, and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, created a circle in which the kids could tell them anything they wanted, even the bad things they've done. Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Will said, "They're allowed to tell us everything that they did [in the circle of safety], and they can't get in trouble," Will said. "The rule is, if we find out after the circle of safety that there was something you didn't say, there was hell to pay." Over time, Will says there's stuff his daughter Willow tells him in her teen years that he doesn't really want to hear. "As a father, you do not want a circle of safety with a 15-year-old daughter. You do not," he laughed. "I'm like, 'Baby, you need to start lying!'" He continued, joking about trying to get out of the circle, "[I'm like] 'Nope! You and your mom can talk about that one!" he said. While there's no standard parenting technique, this couple has some parenting guidelines that they abide by when raising Willow and her brother Jaden Smith, like encouraging freedom of expression, not prying info out of them, treating them as equals, letting them be themselves, and letting them pursue any dream - the latter has clearly paid off because both have pursued careers in music and fashion, and their parents aren't holding them back!
3 Push Fame: Bruce Willis
American actor, Bruce Willis is one of those legendary movie stars who is aging with so much grace, he could actually outlive most people and still look good in their 90s. The father of four beautiful girls - Rumer, Scout, Tallulah, and Mabel - is still acting on the stage, so there's no telling when the Die Hard legend will let go of the limelight, despite all his wealth. Unlike other parents who keep their kids out of the limelight, Willis actually supports his children in their own pursuits. He even said, when referring to Rumer, his daughter with Demi Moore, on her acting career that "Rumer's not only got the acting bug, Rumer's successful -- and she's got a great head on her shoulders. Rumer wasn't raised in Los Angeles, so she knows the difference between the illusion of Hollywood and what real life is," according to Newsday. Willis has three kids with Demi Moore, whom he met at the premiere for the film Stakeout, got married and had three girls, Rumer and her sisters Scout and Tallulah. In 1998, the couple separated and later filed for divorce in October 2000. He later dated and got engaged to actress Brooke Burns but broke up in 2004 after ten months together. He then dated actress Tamara Feldman for a time, but married model Emma Heming in Turks and Caicos in 2009. His eldest daughter Rumer has acted in films such as Now and Then and Striptease, as well as TV shows such as 90210 and Sorority Row.
2 Push Fame: Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford is perhaps one of those celebrity parents who has allowed her children to follow in her footsteps. The American model and actress whose fame on the runway led to roles in television and film, plus working as a spokesperson, was once married to actor Richard Gere but they divorced, and she married businessman and former model Rande Gerber in 1998. The couple has two children, son Presley Walker Gerber and daughter Kaia Jordan Gerber, both of whom went into modeling. Soon as Kaia, her daughter, turned 16, she debuted on the catwalk and has been on every other catwalk at New York fashion week, says All Parenting magazine. She had already appeared in several fashion magazines and campaigns, like Versace when she was 10, French Vogue cover with her mom, and her first solo magazine cover at just 14 years old. Tabloids have also had an easy time running pics of her doing stuff from going shopping with her mom, to putting petrol in a car when she was only 15. Unlike her mom, who became a model at 19 years of age, Kaia started at just 10, thanks to mommy pushing her into the limelight.
1 Push Fame: Tom Cruise
American actor and producer, Tom Cruise has been in and out of marriages and relationships, including with older women like Rebecca De Mornay, Patti Scialfa, and Cher. He's also been married to actress Mimi Rogers, actress Nicole Kidman, with whom he has two adopted kids, Isabella and Connor Antony. They divorced in 2001 while she had an ectopic pregnancy though she miscarried. Later on, Cruise was linked romantically to Penelope Cruz, whom he starred with in the movie Vanilla Sky, but that relationship ended in 2004. He then married Katie Holmes in May 2009, after publicly declaring his love for her on The Oprah Winfrey Show - that one time he jumped up and down on Oprah's couch during the show. In 2006, their daughter Suri Cruise was born, though Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise after five and a half years of marriage. For Cruise, however, when it comes to children and Hollywood, he has no qualms about it. His son Connor, whom he raised with actress Nicole Kidman, according to All Parenting, got into the family business when he was 14 years old, through a role in the movie Seven Pounds, by Will Smith. When asked whether he would approve of his daughter following in his and her mother’s footsteps, he said: "I'd love it. Acting is work I love. I love to create life and give energy, create characters and create stories."
References: eonline.com, thesun.co.uk, time.com, dailymail.co.uk, allparenting.com, people.com, nickiswift.com,
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