#7 Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford could be the worst celebrity parent in history. She was allegedly abusive to her adopted children Christina and Chris, and Christina chronicled in it all in her memoir Mommie Dearest. The book later became a movie in 1981 starring Faye Dunaway. The movie contains the famous “no wire hangers!” scene that shows Crawford beating Christina with a wire hanger. A 20th anniversary of the memoir added 50 pages of material chronicling even more bizarre and cruel behavior by the actress.
#6 Brooke Mueller
Brooke Mueller is an actress but she hasn’t appeared in many films. She’s mostly known for her relationship with actor/ragemonster Charlie Sheen. Mueller gave birth to their twins in 2009, but in 2011, she was having drug and alcohol problems. She completed a treatment program, yet failed to maintain her sobriety, ending up at the Betty Ford clinic in 2013. She lost her children after Children and Family Services took them, and actress Denise Richards won custody. Eventually Mueller won custody in 2014, but the damage had been already done in the public eye.
#5 Courtney Love
Courtney Love was once a rockstar, but soon turned into a mess dabbling with cocaine, opiates and heroin. She and deceased husband Kurt Cobain had their share of troubles when he was alive, and her substance abuse problems continued. She recently admitted to doing heroin when pregnant with her daughter, Frances Bean, but said she only did it once. On her 40th birthday she tried to commit suicide, but attended rehab after being put on a psychiatric hold. Now Love states she has been sober since 2007, but time will tell.
#4 Kate Gosselin
Once upon a time, Kate Gosselin was a simple mother with a large family, until she appeared on TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8. The mother turned “media personality” ends up on the list for the way she’s exploited her children, even after her public separation with husband Jon. One of the most telling moments is the stone cold silence her twins, Mady and Cara, gave her when they appeared on NBC’s Today. Despite the fact these children grew up on television, saw their parents have a public battle, and Mama Kate is a notorious control freak, she insists the children being in the spotlight caused “no injury.” Which kid will write the tell-all first? Remember Christina Crawford, Kate.
#3 Kris Jenner
No celebrity mom splits public opinion like Kris Jenner. Mom of the Kardashian clan, Jenner has lived for the spotlight ever since her daughter, Kim, saw a certain video tape “leaked” for sale. She makes her money as a “momager,” managing her brood to stardom while getting paid big bucks, 10% of whatever deals she inks for her kids. She’ll never turn down a red carpet appearance, and has even made bank off selling images of Kim to Playboy. Daughter Kendall eventually fired her from managing her modeling career in 2014.
#2 Farrah Abraham
Teen Mom “star” Farrah Abraham lost her baby daddy shortly before giving birth to her daughter, Sophia. Her parenting was chronicled on the MTV show, but it’s what she does off-TV that raises eyebrows. In 2013, an adult videotape with adult filmstar James Deen was released and labeled “leaked,” however, it soon came out that she reportedly sold it for $10,000. Another video also came out.Since Teen Mom, she’s received new breast implants, had her lips inflated, and even sold molds of her private parts. As for legal issues, she’s been arrested for a DUI. Oh, and the company that released her tapes tried to sell her used lingerie online. Classy!
#1 Amber Portwood
Amber Portwood isn’t really a “celebrity” but she’s famous for being on television, as well as being a horrible mother. She appeared on MTV’s Teen Mom, and was in a volatile relationship with her child’s father. She hit him several times when her daughter, Leah, was around, and was then arrested for domestic violence. She was later sentenced in 2012 to five years in prison for possession of drugs and failure to complete a drug program, but was released early in 2013. She recently admitted she “was high the entire time she filmed Teen Mom.” One wishes she had taken a different path like fellow Teen Mom star Catelynn Lowell, who with her husband, Tyler, became an outspoken advocate for adoption. That duo knew that they were too young to parent and that they were around drug addicts, so they made the choice to give up their daughter, Carly. Portwood is currently trying to get partial custody of Leah.