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Ben Turner

Unfortunately, sometimes parents' problems — things we usually don't understand when we're kids — can be projected onto their children, creating a difficult home atmosphere and a strained relationship.

For these celebrities, they were able to go on and have successful careers and happy personal lives despite their hardships with their parents when they were growing up.

1. Beyoncé Knowles and her father Matthew Knowles

Beyonce's dad, Matthew Knowles, was a driving factor in first establishing R n' B group Destiny's Child and then the beginnings of Beyoncé's career. In 2011, she severed ties with her dad who had been her manager for so long. Although Beyonce told Oprah she is mending the relationship with her father, there have been reports that he gets limited access to his granddaughter, Blu Ivy.

2. Janet and Michael Jackson and their father Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson also played a pivotal role in getting the Jackson family through the door of the entertainment industry and we all know the lasting legacy that followed. As a parent, Joe was very strict with his children, often beating them and not letting them call him 'dad' or 'daddy' — only 'Joe.'

3. Ariel Winters and her mother Chrystal Workman

The Modern Family actress became an emancipated minor in May of last year. There were reports of both physical and mental abuse, prompting Ariel to spend time with her sister before she was legally emancipated.

4. Jennifer Aniston and her mother Nancy Dow

Although this Friends star says her and her mom are all fine these days, Jennifer admits that her mother made her feel bad about herself due to her criticizing nature when she was growing up. Jennifer has also spoken out about how her mother has ridiculed her:

"She had a temper. I can't tolerate that. If I get upset, I will discuss [things]. I will never scream and get hysterical like that. [But] I was never taught that I could scream. One time, I raised my voice to my mother, and I screamed at her, and she looked at me and burst out laughing. She was laughing at me [for] screaming back. And it was like a punch in my stomach."

5. Drew Barrymore and her mother Jaid Barrymore

Drew Barrymore became legally emancipated at the age of 14. In her memoir 'Wildflowers,' she opened up about the complex relationship with her mother:

I am grateful to this woman for bringing me into this world, and it would crush me to know she was in need anywhere. It is not who I am to harbor any anger for the fact that our life together was so incredibly unorthodox. I want only to say thank you to her, because I love my life and it takes every step to get to where you are, and if you are happy, then God bless the hard times it took you to get there.

6. Adele and her father Mark Evans

Adele who was single handedly raised by her mother, Penny Adkins, and spent much of her life estranged from her father, Mike Evans. Global fame does mean that this private business of Adele's becomes public property. Adele spoke out saying:

"There is nothing that would upset me more than my dad being bribed by the press. It's like, 'Just let them run it, then. Don't you give them ammunition.’”

Mark insists they're "fine" but his message did leave space to speculate:

"Adele and I are fine, it was a misunderstanding. We’ve patched things up, everything’s fine, but I don’t want to make further comment.”

7. Kate and Oliver Hudson and their father Bill Hudson

Kate and Oliver Hudson do not consider their biological father, Bill Hudson, to be their dad. It is clear that the absence of Bill in Oliver's life has had a particularly profound effect. Oliver shared the following photo:

An important point to take from all these examples is that the difficult relationships these stars had with their parents did not stop them from doing well in their careers, or build happy relationships with other people.


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