Family Doesn’t Matter: Stars Who Have Fired Their Parents  was originally published on

1. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson

Joe Simpson is famous for complimenting his daughter’s ample assets in rather explicit terms, which could be a lot of the reason she fired him.

2. Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

The “Gossip Girl” star was worried about her reputation after her mother allegedly said she was going to “hunt down and kill” one of her daughter’s old friends, who then issued a restraining order against the star’s mom.

3. Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

The Jackson 5 became one of the top groups of the ’70s, although the brothers have always maintained their father was a bad business manager. MJ fired Joe in 1979, and the group broke up in the early ’80s.

4. Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

The actresses mom has attracted lots of negative attention by complaining in abusive language about every service she made use of.

5. Beyonce


Beyoncé Knowles’ dad was her manager for two decades but their relationship was reportedly strained after Matthew Knowles admitted to having an affair with Alexsandra Wright, who gave birth to their child.

6. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

In 2009 the actress fired her Hollywood-producer mom who had been managing the star’s career since she was nine-years-old.

7. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

The 21-year-old actress’ career has been overseen by her mother since she won her big break on Disney show Wizards Of Waverly Place, however in March 2014, she fired her mother and stepfather Brian.

8. Usher


On Mother’s Day in 2007, Usher fired Jonetta Patton from her post as manager, supposedly over her opposition to his then-fiancée Tameka Foster.

9. Leann Rimes

Leann Rimes

In 2000, the then 16-year-old attempted to take over her own career from her manager father Wilbur and sued him for withholding $7 million of her earnings.

10. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan

Talk of bad parenting and bad managing rolled into one caused the actress to let go of her Mother Dina.

11. Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

At 21, he sued his parents and business adviser for pilfering his assets. Four years later he won the suit.