Have you ever wondered about the lives of celebrities’ families and friends? Do they enjoy the same privileges and opportunities? Are they rich and famous and happy too? Well, there is no one answer that’s applicable to all celebs and their relations. There are some cases where stars have gone ahead and allowed their loved ones in-roads into the glamour industry. There are also cases of fights, estrangements and broken relationships. Here’s a list of celebrity siblings who have not had a similarly glitzy life. Read on to find out why.
This is one of the most appalling stories of bad star-sibling relationships. Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon was severely impoverished to the extent that he was once caught stealing fur coats. But Jimi was not concerned with his brother’s depraved ways, which became all the more evident after the singer’s death. He left all of his assets to his father, who in turn left Leon just a gold place from Jimi’s album after his death.
Mariah Carey’s sister Alison had a falling out with the singing sensation in 1994. She is an HIV-positive, former prostitute who has struggled with drug addiction several times in the past. Apparently, Mariah had tried to help her out by paying for expensive rehabilitation but Alison fell back into the old ways after each recovery. She then cut off her sister from her life who then began garnering media attention by via begging Mariah to mend relations in media interviews. The latter doesn’t want her unstable sister’s presence in her life now that she has 2 kids to worry about as well.
Having debuted in the music industry back in 1988 with an album that didn’t do too well, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson had a tough time dealing with it all. After her second album tanked too, she suffered a downward spiral and eventually became a crack addict. She garnered much attention by publicly shaming Prince for not helping her out when she genuinely wanted to get her life back together. Finally Prince reached out to Tyka and with his help she managed to release another albm in 2008. This wasn’t well-received either but at least she is in a happier place now!
As far as the question of siblings helping each other in the industry goes, Lindsay Lohan has only had a negative influence on her sister Ali’s career. Unlike the typical stories where celebrity connections bring in offers and opportunities, Ali’s dreams of being a supermodel have remained mere fantasies because of her association with Lindsay. The latter’s troubled past has won her a bad reputation in the industry which has apparently been the cause for many rejections for her sister. Ali, poor thing, only manages to land some catalogue gigs every now and then.
Sadly, Mariah Carey has not one, but two disturbed siblings to deal with. Her brother Morgan and she had a falling out in 2013 after an argument that left him incredibly bitter. He then attempted to gain much media attention and money by selling a bunch of lies about Mariah to tabloid magazines and TV channels. Maybe her professional success makes up for Mariah’s turbulent family life.
Unlike his reality-TV-superstar sisters, all of whom also have successful modelling careers and various business ventures to speak of, Rob Kardashian is not doing so well. His couture-socks business is not doing well and he is also known to struggle with weight issues every now and then. No wonder he is staying at his sister Khloe’s mansion and living off of an allowance given by Kris Jenner.
Whatever his relationship with his siblings might have been during his life, Michael Jackson’s death seemed to bring out the worst in them. Following the King-of-Pop’s tragic demise in 2012, his brothers and sisters began fighting over claims to his money. They were soon to be informed that Michael’s wealth was to be divided solely amongst his mother Katherine and his three children. Seems like MJ didn’t have the best of equations with his siblings, yeah?
Alec Baldwin’s successful acting career stands in stark contrast to that of his brother Daniel. While Alec has gathered a great fan following and much money, Daniel wasn’t able to succeed either in movies or on TV. This is what probably impelled his cocaine addiction which ended in numerous trips to rehabs and a sustained drain on resources. No wonder Daniel is often reported to be suffering from financial trouble while Alec has chosen to stay away from this futile mess for several years now.
Her name on this list may come as a surprise to many, but yes, there has been family trouble in Beyonce-land too. Her former manager and father – Mathew Knowles – supposedly cheated on his wife Tina, bearing two kids who now happen to be Beyonce’s half-siblings in a way. When the mothers’ of these two children filed a case against Mathew for not having paid child support ever since their birth, he blamed Beyonce’s termination of his services in 2011 as the cause! Now that’s just a little too convenient, isn’t it? But the feisty beauty will have none of this nonsense; Beyonce knows what she owes to whom and makes no bones about it!
Madonna may have amassed a great amount of wealth through the course of her career, but that hasn’t helped her in family matters greatly. Her brother, Anthony Ciccone, who previously ran the family vineyard business, turned into a severe alcoholic who and has been struggling with his addiction for a long time now. Madonna tried to help him with financial supplication on many an occasion but Ciccone blew it all on alcohol again. It is then not surprising that the singing sensation finally gave up attempting to save him and severed all contact.