From Tommy Lee to Brad Pitt, stars who publicly fought with their kids

We bet there have been some epic fights in your family — maybe at Thanksgiving when your weird uncle brought up politics. (Why?) This type of battle royale isn’t fun for anyone, but it’s especially not when you’re famous and the whole sordid thing plays out in the press. With Tommy Lee in the news after his son Brandon punched him out, we look at stars who have publicly sparred with their offspring. — By Suzy Byrne, Raechal Shewfelt, and Taryn Ryder

<p>We never thought the rock star would win awards for <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/tommy-lees-fight-son-latest-long-history-parenting-problems-192352406.html" data-ylk="slk:parenting;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">parenting</a>, but we were pretty shocked when he and his son Brandon came to blows in March. The fight was over Tommy’s ex and Brandon’s mama, Pamela Anderson — and maybe Tommy’s drinking — which led to son popping his pop. The cops were involved, and the drama spilled over to social media, thanks to the drummer himself posting a photo of his injuries online before deleting it. Brandon then used his social media to comment, <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/pamela-anderson-claims-tommy-lee-210213984.html" data-ylk="slk:Pam took to her website to weigh in;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">Pam took to her website to weigh in</a>, and Tommy, who is apparently <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2018/03/08/tommy-lee-brandon-fight-assault-police-pam-anderson-restraining-order/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:considering a restraining order" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">considering a restraining order</a> against his son, ended up quitting Twitter over the whole thing. May we recommend that if any peace talks are to take place, they don’t happen via smartphone? (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Tommy Lee vs. Brandon Lee

We never thought the rock star would win awards for parenting, but we were pretty shocked when he and his son Brandon came to blows in March. The fight was over Tommy’s ex and Brandon’s mama, Pamela Anderson — and maybe Tommy’s drinking — which led to son popping his pop. The cops were involved, and the drama spilled over to social media, thanks to the drummer himself posting a photo of his injuries online before deleting it. Brandon then used his social media to comment, Pam took to her website to weigh in, and Tommy, who is apparently considering a restraining order against his son, ended up quitting Twitter over the whole thing. May we recommend that if any peace talks are to take place, they don’t happen via smartphone? (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>The comedian adopted Chelsea as a baby, but the teen years were rough — on both of them — and the kid was ready to fly the coop by 18. But it was a messy parting — Rosie filed a <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/rosie-o-donnell-s-teen-daughter-chelsea-goes-missing-170318960.html" data-ylk="slk:missing person report;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">missing person report</a>, and Chelsea was found in the company of an older man she had met on Tinder who had a drug rap sheet. (More specifically, she was hiding in the guy’s mother’s attic when authorities came knocking.) Despite <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rosie-o-donnell-and-estranged-1455646345822262.html" data-ylk="slk:briefly reconciling;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">briefly reconciling</a> with Rosie, it has been a big hot mess ever since. The worst incident was when Chelsea, who secretly got married then announced a pregnancy in 2017, was <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/rosie-odonnell-accuses-pregnant-daughter-chelsea-profiting-off-ex-michelle-rounds-death-152301719.html" data-ylk="slk:paid by a tabloid to dish on Rosie’s brief marriage to Michelle Rounds;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">paid by a tabloid to dish on Rosie’s brief marriage to Michelle Rounds</a> after Rounds apparently committed suicide. Not pretty in any way, shape or form. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Rosie O’Donnell vs. Chelsea Alliegro

The comedian adopted Chelsea as a baby, but the teen years were rough — on both of them — and the kid was ready to fly the coop by 18. But it was a messy parting — Rosie filed a missing person report, and Chelsea was found in the company of an older man she had met on Tinder who had a drug rap sheet. (More specifically, she was hiding in the guy’s mother’s attic when authorities came knocking.) Despite briefly reconciling with Rosie, it has been a big hot mess ever since. The worst incident was when Chelsea, who secretly got married then announced a pregnancy in 2017, was paid by a tabloid to dish on Rosie’s brief marriage to Michelle Rounds after Rounds apparently committed suicide. Not pretty in any way, shape or form. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>News of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s sudden uncoupling was a big deal, but the details — presumably leaked by her camp — about the <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/brad-pitt-first-face-to-face-with-maddox-since-plane-incident-141010184.html" data-ylk="slk:explosive fight;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">explosive fight</a> that led to it was really the most salacious bit of all. Aboard a private plane, Brad, who had been drinking, was fighting with Angelina, prompting their eldest, Maddox, to step in and get Brad to stand down. There were initial reports that it got physical, but there was never any proof of that. However, it reportedly took some time to get Maddox to join his siblings for custodial visits with Brad. (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Brad Pitt vs. Maddox Jolie-Pitt

News of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s sudden uncoupling was a big deal, but the details — presumably leaked by her camp — about the explosive fight that led to it was really the most salacious bit of all. Aboard a private plane, Brad, who had been drinking, was fighting with Angelina, prompting their eldest, Maddox, to step in and get Brad to stand down. There were initial reports that it got physical, but there was never any proof of that. However, it reportedly took some time to get Maddox to join his siblings for custodial visits with Brad. (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>Bold is the person who takes on Madonna — and her and Guy Ritchie’s son fits into the category. He decided that he wanted to live with his English director dad instead and just didn’t come home after a visit. A <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/news/guy-ritchie-wins-rocco-custody-battle-against-110410236.html" data-ylk="slk:settlement was reached in court,;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">settlement was reached in court,</a> and while the terms weren’t made public, Rocco has been working on his British accent ever since. He does see his mom now and then, though, like when he accompanied her to Malawi — with several other siblings — last year. (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Madonna vs. Rocco Ritchie

Bold is the person who takes on Madonna — and her and Guy Ritchie’s son fits into the category. He decided that he wanted to live with his English director dad instead and just didn’t come home after a visit. A settlement was reached in court, and while the terms weren’t made public, Rocco has been working on his British accent ever since. He does see his mom now and then, though, like when he accompanied her to Malawi — with several other siblings — last year. (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>You may have heard a little about this one — probably in the pages of the <em>New York Times</em>, where it has played out in various op-eds and open letters. It has gone on for years and stems from allegations that the director sexually abused Dylan, adopted daughter of his partner Mia Farrow, when she was a child. The director has maintained his innocence, but that hasn’t stopped Dylan or her journalist brother, Ronan, from keeping up their fight. And with #MeToo front and center, this feud will certainly continue. (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Woody Allen vs. Dylan and Ronan Farrow

You may have heard a little about this one — probably in the pages of the New York Times, where it has played out in various op-eds and open letters. It has gone on for years and stems from allegations that the director sexually abused Dylan, adopted daughter of his partner Mia Farrow, when she was a child. The director has maintained his innocence, but that hasn’t stopped Dylan or her journalist brother, Ronan, from keeping up their fight. And with #MeToo front and center, this feud will certainly continue. (Photos: Getty Images)

<p><i>The Matrix</i>’s star’s daughter Montana decided to be a porn star, and you can imagine <a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/laurence-fishburnes-daughter-montana-arrested-on-3-dui-related-charges-211557354.html" data-ylk="slk:how well that went over at home;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">how well that went over at home</a>. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Laurence Fishburne vs. Montana Fishburne

The Matrix’s star’s daughter Montana decided to be a porn star, and you can imagine how well that went over at home. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>When the ’70s heartthrob died in 2017, he left $150,000 to his son and $0 to his actress daughter. “It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy,” he wrote in the 2004 will. Needless to say, the pair had an up-and-down relationship, but she shared with her social media followers that she was with him when he passed away. His final words? “‘So much wasted time,’” Katie <a href="https://twitter.com/MzKatieCassidy/status/934148630319128577" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:shared" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">shared</a> on social media. “This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute.” (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
David Cassidy vs. Katie Cassidy

When the ’70s heartthrob died in 2017, he left $150,000 to his son and $0 to his actress daughter. “It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy,” he wrote in the 2004 will. Needless to say, the pair had an up-and-down relationship, but she shared with her social media followers that she was with him when he passed away. His final words? “‘So much wasted time,’” Katie shared on social media. “This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute.” (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>Actors Ryan and Tatum O’Neal have long had a rocky relationship. Both struggled with substance abuse, and she’s <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6254330/ns/dateline_nbc/t/tatum-oneal-shares-survival-story/#.WqMs0JPwZhA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:alleged" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">alleged</a> that her dad struck her when she was a child. Both also wrote about their relationship in biographies, which only added to the messiness. In a September 2009 story for <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/03/ryan-oneal-i-hit-on-my-da_n_249668.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vanity Fair" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Vanity Fair</i></a>, Ryan referred to his daughter as a bitch and confessed that he hadn’t recognized Tatum at the funeral for his former love interest, Farrah Fawcett, and hit on her. Tatum told the magazine that the incident was their relationship “in a nutshell.” (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Ryan O’Neal vs. Tatum O’Neal

Actors Ryan and Tatum O’Neal have long had a rocky relationship. Both struggled with substance abuse, and she’s alleged that her dad struck her when she was a child. Both also wrote about their relationship in biographies, which only added to the messiness. In a September 2009 story for Vanity Fair, Ryan referred to his daughter as a bitch and confessed that he hadn’t recognized Tatum at the funeral for his former love interest, Farrah Fawcett, and hit on her. Tatum told the magazine that the incident was their relationship “in a nutshell.” (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>After Kurt Cobain died in 1994, his baby daughter Frances was left with her rocker mom. However, Courtney struggled with drugs, and custody was <a href="http://people.com/celebrity/inside-story-courtney-love-and-daughter-frances-beans-rocky-relationship/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:awarded to his mother" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">awarded to his mother</a> and sister. They were sometimes close, sometimes not — and sometimes Frances had <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2095142/Frances-Bean-Cobain-slammed-Courtney-Loves-behaviour-restraining-order-testimony.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a restraining order" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a restraining order</a> against her mother — throughout her early years, but they’re on good terms these days. When the Kurt doc <i>Montage of Heck</i> was released in 2015, Frances told <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/kurt-cobain-exclusive-montage-of-heck-song-inside-new-issue-20150408" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rolling Stone" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Rolling Stone</i></a> that she sat in Courtney’s lap to help her through the movie. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Courtney Love vs. Frances Bean Cobain

After Kurt Cobain died in 1994, his baby daughter Frances was left with her rocker mom. However, Courtney struggled with drugs, and custody was awarded to his mother and sister. They were sometimes close, sometimes not — and sometimes Frances had a restraining order against her mother — throughout her early years, but they’re on good terms these days. When the Kurt doc Montage of Heck was released in 2015, Frances told Rolling Stone that she sat in Courtney’s lap to help her through the movie. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>In 2007, the actor infamously left his 11-year-old daughter a harsh voicemail, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He also exclaimed, “You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.” Alec and ex-wife Kim Basinger were going through a contentious custody battle at the time. Although the actor was able to make peace with Ireland, he admitted it caused a “permanent break” in their relationship. <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/alec-baldwin-opens-family-career-past-addiction-memoir/story?id=46528397" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:When talking with" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">When talking with</a> <i>Good Morning America</i> he elaborated, saying “permanent, insofar as I don’t think anybody ever recovers now from things like that, ’cause it’s thrown in your face every day.” (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Alec Baldwin vs. Ireland Baldwin

In 2007, the actor infamously left his 11-year-old daughter a harsh voicemail, calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” He also exclaimed, “You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.” Alec and ex-wife Kim Basinger were going through a contentious custody battle at the time. Although the actor was able to make peace with Ireland, he admitted it caused a “permanent break” in their relationship. When talking with Good Morning America he elaborated, saying “permanent, insofar as I don’t think anybody ever recovers now from things like that, ’cause it’s thrown in your face every day.” (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Jon left Angelina and the rest of his family when the future Oscar winner was a baby, and their relationship has suffered ever since. In 2002, Jon caused more bitterness when he said in an interview that Angelina had “<a href="http://www.ew.com/article/2002/08/02/jon-voight-says-angelina-needs-get-help/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:serious mental problems" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">serious mental problems</a>.” Over the years, they’ve occasionally been spotted in public together, but he wasn’t close enough to her to score an invite to her 2014 wedding. However, things are looking up for them lately, thanks to her six kids. She told <a href="https://www.harpersbazaar.com.au/celebrity/angelina-jolie-talks-brad-pitt-jon-voight-podcast-15204" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Harper’s Bazaar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Harper’s Bazaar</i></a> in December 2017: “Through grandchildren now we’re finding a new relationship, and it’s very, very nice.” (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Jon Voight vs. Angelina Jolie

Jon left Angelina and the rest of his family when the future Oscar winner was a baby, and their relationship has suffered ever since. In 2002, Jon caused more bitterness when he said in an interview that Angelina had “serious mental problems.” Over the years, they’ve occasionally been spotted in public together, but he wasn’t close enough to her to score an invite to her 2014 wedding. However, things are looking up for them lately, thanks to her six kids. She told Harper’s Bazaar in December 2017: “Through grandchildren now we’re finding a new relationship, and it’s very, very nice.” (Photos: Getty Images)

<p>The<i> Real Housewives of Orange County</i> star and her teenage daughter have been on the outs since the reality star split with Simon Barney in 2011. Although Sidney’s parents won equal custody of her and her two younger siblings, she chose to live with her dad and didn’t see her mom for years. Tamra had high hopes about their relationship when she attended her daughter’s 2017 graduation, but that <a href="http://people.com/tv/rhoc-reunion-tamra-judge-talks-sidney-barney-graduation-photo/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ended poorly" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ended poorly</a> when she shared photos from the event on social media after Sidney had <a href="http://people.com/tv/rhoc-tamra-judge-daughter-sidney/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asked her not to do so" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asked her not to do so</a>. (Photo: Shutterstock) </p>
Tamra Judge vs. Sidney Barney

The Real Housewives of Orange County star and her teenage daughter have been on the outs since the reality star split with Simon Barney in 2011. Although Sidney’s parents won equal custody of her and her two younger siblings, she chose to live with her dad and didn’t see her mom for years. Tamra had high hopes about their relationship when she attended her daughter’s 2017 graduation, but that ended poorly when she shared photos from the event on social media after Sidney had asked her not to do so. (Photo: Shutterstock)

<p>The star and the teenage daughter he shares with former beauty queen Elaine Ng, with whom he had an extramarital affair, are not on good terms. In fact, she’s been quite public about the fact that they’re not on any terms. He and her mom split before she was born. “He is <a href="https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/582166/Jackie-Chan-estranged-daughter-won-t-forgive-him" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:not my dad" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">not my dad</a>,” Etta said of Jackie in a June 2015 interview with <i>Express</i>. “I have no feelings for him. He is my biological father, but he is not in my life.” She added, “He never existed in my life. I will never regard him as a father.” (Photos: Getty Images; Instagram/stolenmilktea) </p>
Jackie Chan vs. Etta Ng

The star and the teenage daughter he shares with former beauty queen Elaine Ng, with whom he had an extramarital affair, are not on good terms. In fact, she’s been quite public about the fact that they’re not on any terms. He and her mom split before she was born. “He is not my dad,” Etta said of Jackie in a June 2015 interview with Express. “I have no feelings for him. He is my biological father, but he is not in my life.” She added, “He never existed in my life. I will never regard him as a father.” (Photos: Getty Images; Instagram/stolenmilktea)

<p>The crooner’s adult son, an aspiring musician, has publicly pleaded to meet his 77-year-old father. His mother reportedly had a days-long fling with the promiscuous entertainer back in 1987. Tom didn’t acknowledge his son at all until a 1989 court-ordered paternity test proved he was Jon’s father, and he was required to pay child support. In January 2018, Jon explained to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5272647/Sir-Tom-Joness-estranged-son-Jonathan-Berkery-speaks-out.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Daily Mail" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Daily Mail</i></a> that he’s been homeless for the last several years. “I’d like to talk to him about normal stuff, like: ‘How’s your life been? This is mine,'” Jon said. “I want to see him before it’s too late.” (Photos: Getty Images; Splash News) </p>
Tom Jones vs. Jon Berkery

The crooner’s adult son, an aspiring musician, has publicly pleaded to meet his 77-year-old father. His mother reportedly had a days-long fling with the promiscuous entertainer back in 1987. Tom didn’t acknowledge his son at all until a 1989 court-ordered paternity test proved he was Jon’s father, and he was required to pay child support. In January 2018, Jon explained to the Daily Mail that he’s been homeless for the last several years. “I’d like to talk to him about normal stuff, like: ‘How’s your life been? This is mine,'” Jon said. “I want to see him before it’s too late.” (Photos: Getty Images; Splash News)

<p>Kyle, who fans of <i>Chrisley Knows Best</i> recognize from the first season of the reality show, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2805604/EXCLUSIVE-s-snake-shut-child-s-life-Kyle-Chrisley-happily-married-drug-free-reveals-reality-star-dad-stolen-daughter-ruthlessly-kicked-show.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:publicly accused" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">publicly accused</a> his father of stealing his daughter and kicking him off the show. The truth, Todd argues, is that his adult son has struggled with drug addiction and sometimes skips his medicine for <a href="http://people.com/tv/todd-chrisley-family-trials-tribulations-bankruptcy-cancer-estranged-son-kyle/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bipolar disorder" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">bipolar disorder</a>. (Photos: Getty Images) </p>
Todd Chrisley vs. Kyle Chrisley

Kyle, who fans of Chrisley Knows Best recognize from the first season of the reality show, publicly accused his father of stealing his daughter and kicking him off the show. The truth, Todd argues, is that his adult son has struggled with drug addiction and sometimes skips his medicine for bipolar disorder. (Photos: Getty Images)

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