A list of celebrity deadbeat dads, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. The men on this list have succeeded in many areas of their lives: they are rich, famous, and successful, for the most part. But all of these gents have, at some point or another, failed as fathers.
Whether they have refused to pay child support, neglected their children, denied them, abused them, or crossed the line in other ways, these famous fathers let down the very people who were counting on them. While some of these bad dads have redeemed themselves and turned over a new leaf, others have not.
There are lots of famous dads who seem like they are pretty great. Unfortunately, these fathers have chosen a different parenting path. Instead of being loving and coaching that U-8 rec soccer team, they’ve ended up here, on this deadbeat dad list. Maybe your dad shouted at you once – but is he Jude Law? No? Lucky you! Maybe someday these famous deadbeat dads will see the light and turn over a new leaf as fathers, but in the meantime, read about the many ways in which they have neglected their duties as Daddy Dearest.
Bobby Brown — who was famously married to the late Whitney Houston for 15 years — has a history of skipping out on his child support payments. The R&B singer/songwriter served jail time for missed payments on several occasions, including in 2007 when he spent three days in a county jail for owing nearly $20,000 in child support and court fees to his ex, Kim Ward.
He was bailed out by Washington, D.C.-area radio station Hot 99.5 FM in exchange for a week of interviews and appearances. Seems like a fair deal.
Update: DMX was arrested yet again in October 2015 for failing to pay $10,000 in child support. The arrest came just one month after he served a two-month sentence for failing to pay in June.
Deadbeat dad alert! Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested in NYC for failure to pay more than $400,000 in child support. The 44 year old was taken into custody just before he was set to perform as Master of Ceremony at a Radio City Music Hall concert in June 2015. In addition to his child support issues, DMX also had outstanding warrants for bail jumping and aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operation. He was later sentenced to six months in jail.
According to TMZ, Halle Berry has been paying her model baby daddy Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month in child support for their 6-year-old daughter, Nahla. The money has been flowing in since 2011, when they were awarded joint custody of their daughter. Since then, Aubrey has been taking advantage of the situation and living ENTIRELY off child support rather than getting a job or, you know, saving that money for their child.
In 2014, news broke that Halle has had enough and is requesting that her whopping $16,000 payment be reduced to just $3,000. She argues that the reduction would force him to get a job and do his part in supporting Nahla.
You may know him as one of the greatest NBA players of all time but he’s also (lesser) known for 1) blowing off his 3 children during most of his career 2) telling his own son it was “too late” for a relationship at his High School graduation and 3) not seeing two of his children (twins), at all, until a popular tabloid broke the story of their existence 17-years later.
At 20, he impregnated a 13-year-old and famously fought the $125/week child support payments. Of his three kids, two are professional athletes: WNBA superstar Cheryl Ford and Demetrius Bell.
Lindsay Lohan’s alcoholic and cocaine-addicted dad refused to pay child support, pimped his daughter hard in the entertainment industry and blamed everyone else (including his wife) for destroying her. If anyone is responsible for Lilo’s spiral into dysfunction, it’s probably him.
The former Chicago Bulls star and Kim Jong Un-bestie, Dennis Rodman, was ordered to pay half of a million dollars in back child support to his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, in 2012. Earlier that year, the basketball player was ordered to perform more than 100 hours of community service for missed payments in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011, Val Kilmer’s ex-wife, Joanne Whalley, claimed that the “Batman Forever” actor had fallen behind on his $27,500 per month child support payments for their two kids.
In 2011, supermodel Linda Evangelista’s attorney accused her ex-husband, billionaire Francois-Henry Pinault, of “sitting back and paying zero” towards child support for their son Augie. Pinault — who is now married to Salma Hayek — denied the claim.
Evangelista was requesting $46,000 a month from Pinault, which is a lot (!), and if granted, would have been one of the highest support orders in the history of family court. But! The guy is heir to a family estate worth an estimated $11.5 billion, and he makes about $5 million a year as CEO of fashion company PPR.
Over the years, former NFL bad boy Terrell Owens has had trouble keeping up with child support payments to the four women with whom he has kids. In spite of making roughly $80 million during his football career, Owens claimed in 2011 that he was broke and filed legal documents to reduce the cost of the payments.
Tawanna Iverson, Allen Iverson’s ex-wife, claims that he’s a deadbeat dad who emptied their joint account that she used to support their 5 children after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely broke. Iverson, who made around $200 million over the course of his NBA career, has continuously refused to pay and has gone to court multiple times.
By most accounts, Jude Law is a great father to the 3 children he shares with his ex-wife Sadie Frost.
It’s the fourth, illegitimate child that he denied having until a paternity test proved otherwise that has given him his bad dad rep. After the paternity test, Jude Law did take steps to responsibly support his daughter, Sophia, and his baby’s mama, Samantha Burke, a “model” he had a one night stand with. But he stilloccasionally forgets about her in public.
A few years ago, rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri missed child support payments to baby mama Sarai Jones, with whom he had a then-seven-month-old baby girl. He was unable to pay the $2,500 per month plus $7,500 fee because of financial hardships and Jones sued him for the money.
Levi Johnston — who had a son with Sarah Palin’s (unmarried) daughter, Bristol in December 2008 — reportedly owes $67k in unpaid child support, but continues to blow his money on guns and other “manly” expenses, rather than on his son, Tripp.
A source told Us Weekly in May 2012, that “Levi made more than $1 million [this year] and squandered it on guns, boats and four-wheelers.”
Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav faced a 180-day jail sentence in May 2012 after he failed to pay more than $111,000 in back child support to Angie Parker — the mother of three of his seven children.
In June 2012, the rapper was able to avoid serving time by paying $25,000 to Parker upfront and then adding an extra $1,200 to his monthly payments to her.
This former child star (Terminator 2, Pet Cemetery Two, American Heart) has sadly been in an unhealthy pattern of drug abuse, arrests, alcoholism and court cases for a good part of the last decade.
There have been reports of domestic abuse and tens of thousands of dollars of unpaid child support…but the worst accusation came back in December 2012, when his wife claimed that their 6-year-old son tested positive for cocaine after he visited him.
Eddie Murphy tried to deny that he was the father of Mel B’s daughter, Angel, even after the paternity test proved he was. For years after their daughter was born, her people tried to reach his people, but did not hear one word back from the comedian. In 2018, he reportedly told a Los Angeles court he has no interest in seeing his daughter.
In the late 70s, fashion model Bebe Buell had an eight-month romance with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, which ended in her being pregnant with daughter Liv and him hitting the road to tour with his band. Since Tyler was hopped up on drugs and doing the rockstar thing at the time, Buell decided to officially claim that her new boyfriend, Todd Rundgren, was the father.
Rungdren and Liv’s mother split when she was young, but Liv continued to think Rundgren was her dad until she met Steven Tyler backstage at an Aerosmith show when she was 11. Liv was tipped off when she noticed that she looked a lot like his other daughter, Mia.
After that whole thing was cleared up, they seem to have resumed a fairly normal, if distant father-daughter relationship.
50 allegedly disowned his teenage son Marquise over a text conversation that consisted of comments like: “I need a blood test cause that d*ck sucking b*tch you call mom was f*cking the hole time.” etc.He hasn’t seen his son in the two years since the fight.
Radar Online printed the entire convo on their website in 2013.
Poppa Joe assembled one of the greatest music groups of all time and beat molded his youngest son Michael into one of the greatest entertainers of all-time. He is known for being abusive and cruel and is a highly polarizing figure.
After Michael’s tragic death, he requested that his son’s estate cover living expenses of $26,000/month despite being him left off the will.
The Olympian-turned-reality-star wasn’t around much for the first decade of his son, Brody Jenner’s, life. While Bruce has been a fine father figure to his kids with Kris Kardashian, his son Brody still holds a grudge.
Beyond being bat sh*t crazy, Charlie Sheen has been accused of domestic violence, has gone on several high-profile crazy benders/rants and subsequently lost the custody of his children. His latest thing is to try to evict his ex-wife, Denise Richards, and two daughters from the house that they live in (and he owns.)
Unsuccessful Tea Party candidate Joe Walsh could never quite skirt the label of “deadbeat dad” that circulated during his 2012 congressional campaign. The politician was behind on his child support payments and claimed that he was unable to pay them at the time.
Scandalous! Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair with his housekeeper, Mildred Baena, and then never asked her if her son, Joseph, might actually be his. Note: Joseph looks pretty darn similar to his dad.
As Joseph grew and the resemblance became more and more noticeable, the Terminator star secretly shelled out money for Mildred, hoping no one would say anything and shit wouldn’t hit the fan…until shit hit the fan.
Steffi Graf’s father taught her how to play tennis at the age of three, and she quickly became an on-court phenomena. Her father, Peter, was nicknamed “Papa Merciless” by other tennis families for controlling her tournament and practice schedule, as well as her finances with an iron fist.
People have differing opinions on Woody Allen, but it is a fact that he took nude photos of, and then married Soon-Yi Previn, the 21-year-old adopted daughter of his longtime partner Mia Farrow. He was 56 at the time.
There was a long, public custody battle over their three children and Farrow also accused Allen of molesting their adopted daughter, Dylan, who was 7 years old at the time. The courts eventually gave Farrow custody of their children, but did not find evidence that Allen molested their daughter. Still, the debate over this goes on and on.