Earlier this week, Macaulay Culkin's estranged father, Kit Culkin, and his stepmother, Jeanette Krylowski, spoke out after the National Enquirer ran a story claiming the former child star is addicted to heroin and has only six months to live unless he gets help.
Kit Culkin just told the U.K. paper The Sun, he hopes his son has the right people looking after him, while Macaulay's stepmother told the paper that when she saw photos of her stepson looking gaunt and ill she thought, "Oh no, this is not good. Either he’s dying of some disease or he’s heavily into drugs.”
The "Home Alone" star hasn't seen his father since 1997, when he fired him as his manager because his parents were fighting over control of the actor's personal fortune.
It's a messy and ugly situation, but Culkin is far from the only celebrity to have complicated relationships with his family:
Jennifer Aniston, Nancy Dow
Jennifer Aniston and her mother, Nancy Dow, had been estranged for more than a decade after Dow gave an interview about their relationship in 1996. <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2036630/Jennifer-Aniston-heals-rift-mother-Nancy-Dow-hospital-bedside.html#ixzz23WyLMXKH" target="_hplink">According to the <em>Daily Mail</em></a>, the actress called her mother afterward, and told her that she'd never forgive her for betraying her trust. Dow's 1999 book, "From Mother And Daughter To Friends: A Memoir," about their rocky relationship, didn't make things any better. Aniston and her mother began speaking again following her split from Pitt in 2005. "Yeah, it's been really nice," she <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1295274#.UCpkgxqe5Og" target="_hplink">told "Good Morning America" </a>of the reconciliation after nine years of estrangement. "It's been really nice. It's crazy what, you know, your life kind of being turned upside down will lead you to. ... For us it's ... it was the time, and it was going to happen when it was supposed to happen. So this is good. It's baby steps."
Macaulay And Kieran Culkin; Kit Culkin
Macaulay Culkin has been estranged from his stage dad Kit Culkin since 1997, when the "Home Alone" child actor legally emancipated himself. Brother Kieran, also an actor, followed suit.
Michael Jackson; Joseph Jackson
"He's still a mystery man to me and he may always be one," <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2009-06-30/entertainment/29435780_1_joe-jackson-michael-jackson-big-bag" target="_hplink">Michael Jackson wrote</a> about his famously turbulent relationship with his father. "If you messed up you got hit, sometimes with a switch, sometimes with a belt. Dad would make me so mad at him that I'd try to get back at him and get beaten all the more."
Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen has been worried for years about his son Charlie's health, and talked about it openly in February 2011.<a href="http://news.sky.com/home/showbiz-news/article/15938926" target="_hplink"> In an interview with<em> Sky News</em></a>, the elder Sheen said, "If he had cancer, how would we treat him? The disease of addiction is a form of cancer."
Demi Lovato, Patrick Lovato
Pop star Demi Lovato reportedly hasn't spoken to her father, Patrick Lovato, since November 2010. <a href="http://www.latina.com/entertainment/buzz/demi-lovato-latinas-decemberjanuary-cover-girl" target="_hplink">She told <em>Latina</em> magazine</a>: "Sometimes there are people in your life that you have to cut out. It sucks when it's your own father. But I know what's best for me...I have an old soul, because I had to grow up fast, because of the public eye and because of my life experiences."
Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus has <a href="http://www.popeater.com/2011/02/22/billy-ray-cyrus-the-view-miley-cancel/" target="_hplink">made choice remarks </a>about his newly engaged daughter, comparing her to Anna Nicole Smith and attacking Disney (alleging that "Hannah Montana" destroyed his family).
Jessica Simpson, Joe Simpson
Papa Joe, a former minister, has been accused of being<a href="http://www.popeater.com/2010/10/19/jessica-simpson-joe-manager-controversy/" target="_hplink"> overly involved in his daughter's life as her manager</a> and saying off-color things like, "Jessica never tries to be sexy. She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she's sexy in both. She's got double D's! You can't cover those suckers up!"
Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal
In 2009, Ryan O'Neal failed to recognize Tatum O'Neal at Farrah Fawcett's funeral and <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/ryan-oneal-hit-on-daughter-tatum-at-farrah-fawcetts-funeral-200938" target="_hplink">admitted to hitting on</a> his own daughter. While Tatum tried to make amends with her dad last year, she's acknowledged that they're no longer speaking and she's OK with that. "That's what turned out to be the best thing for me," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/tatum-oneal-ryan-oneal-addiction-lindsay-lohan/story?id=16570658#.T9utg-3khSo" target="_hplink">she told ABCNews.com</a>.
Vanessa Minnillo, Helen Bondoc
Vanessa Minnillo has been estranged from her mother, Helen Bondoc, for more than 20 years, after Bondoc abandoned her and her brother, leaving them at their adoptive father's house and telling him to keep them. In 2011, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/04/vanessa-minnillo-estranged-mom-didnt-know-wedding_n_918340.html" target="_hplink">Bondoc told <em>Star</em> magazine</a> that she's not in touch with her daughter and had no idea she was marrying Nick Lachey. "I didn't have a clue that Vanessa was getting married. I still think about her all the time, and I still love her dearly," she said.
Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler always thought musician Todd Rundgren was her real father until she attended a 1988 Aerosmith concert. There, she saw a spitting image of herself: Mia, the famous rocker's daughter with his first wife, and Liv's half-sister. "I don't think my dad was in any position to be a father. Steven, that is," <a href="http://www.people.com/people/liv_tyler/0,,,00.html" target="_hplink">she told <em>AP </em>in 2001.</a> "What an amazing thing Todd did for me...luckily, it just made me feel more loved. It meant that I had two dads instead of one."
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight
Angelina Jolie and father Jon Voight were estranged for years, until Jolie phoned the "Deliverance" star following the death of her mother in 2007. When Voight learned of Jolie and longtime partner Brad Pitt's plans to marry, <a href="http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/jon-voight-angelina-jolie-hasnt-shared-any-wedding-plans-yet-2012234" target="_hplink">the actor told <em>Us Weekly</a>,</em> "It was very nice I thought. If they are happy -- if they're going to have a wedding -- it's wonderful."
Adele, Mark Evans
Mark Evans walked out on Adele and her mother when the future Grammy winner was just 2 years old. "It's too painful. There's so much regret on my part -- regret that I wasn't a better father to her. I let her down badly, and I wish I could turn the clock back and do things differently,"<a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2102887/Adeles-father-reveals-torment-rift.html#ixzz1xtzD5u8B" target="_hplink"> Evans told the U.K.'s <em>Daily Mail</em>.</a>
Kate Hudson, Bill Hudson
Kate Hudson calls Kurt Russell, mom Goldie Hawn's longtime partner, "pa" and doesn't speak to her biological father, musician Bill Hudson, much. "[Bill Hudson] doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I don't care. I have a dad [Russell]. The bottom line is, you call your kids on their f**king birthday. I'm glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday," <a href="http://www.kate-hudson.org/images/displayimage.php?album=956&pid=23434#top_display_media" target="_hplink">the actress told <em>Vanity Fair</em> in 2000.</a>
Daisy Lowe, Gavin Rossdale
British model Daisy Lowe reportedly had no idea Bush singer Gavin Rossdale was her father until 2004, after a paternity test revealed that the rocker (and then-Godfather) was her biological parent. Though Rossdale initially refused to take the paternity test, it was later revealed that he and Daisy's mother, Pearl, had had a one-night stand.
Drew Barrymore; John Barrymore
The child actress, born into the legendary Barrymore family, emancipated herself from her mom at age 17; dad John had all but abandoned her by then. "He was such a flighty bird -- unattainable and off doing his own thing," <a href="http://icydk.com/2009/03/09/drew-barrymore-blames-late-father-for-her-relationships-with-men/" target="_hplink">Barrymore told <em>W</em> in 2009.</a> "I'm sure it's affected my relationships with men. I'm sure I'm sadder about it than I admit, but I accept that a lot easier than my mother's and my relationship, which is more tumultuous."
Lindsay Lohan; Michael Lohan
In March 2011, Dina Lohan told RadarOnline that Lindsay was no longer speaking to her father, Michael Lohan. Lindsay told the website she wished Michael would stop talking about her. "I am sorry that my father has continually chosen to speak publicly about our relationship, my mother, my siblings, and my professional team. I am working through my recovery day-by-day and find his public media bouts unnecessary and damaging," <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/20/michael-lohan-claims-lindsay-is-smoking-crack-or-meth_n_1021690.html" target="_hplink">she said. </a>
Courtney Love, Linda Carroll & Hank Harrison
Not shockingly, Courtney Love <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courtney_Love" target="_hplink">doesn't have a great relationship with either of her parents. </a> Love's parents divorced in 1969, and custody was awarded to Love's mother, Linda Carroll, after she alleged that Love's father, Hank Harrison, had fed LSD to Love when she was 3 years old. Love and her mother had a rocky relationship growing up, and Carroll shipped a teenage Courtney off to boarding school and later reform school. At age 16, Love gained legal emancipation from her mother. The rock star has an even worse relationship with her father, Hank, whom she refers to only as "Biodad." The cycle of terrible parent-child relationships has continued with Love's own daughter, Frances. After Love accused Dave Grohl of hitting on her daughter, Frances r<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/16/courtney-love-apologizes-to-frances-bean-cobain_n_1428389.html" target="_hplink">esponded with a statement to the media</a>: ""While I'm generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I'm in a monogamous relationship and very happy," she said, adding "Twitter should ban my mother."
Meg Ryan, Susan Jordan
Meg Ryan has been estranged from her mother, Susan Jordan, since the late 1980s. Meg and her mother's relationship was already strained after Susan left Meg's father in 1976, but when she became <a href="http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/celebrity_photos/item_zay8bZ0JTSxBVylRVh7SNO?photo_num=6" target="_hplink">openly critical of Ryan's first husband, Dennis Quaid,</a> Susan was snubbed from their wedding and cut out of Meg's life. In 1993, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20105982,00.html" target="_hplink">her mother told<em> People</em> magazine her daughter hadn't spoken a word to her in three years:</a> "I wish there would be forgiveness. To be frank, I pray for it. It's a painful business to be estranged from your child."
Christina Aguilera, Fausto Aguilera
Christina Aguilera has admitted she considered a reconciliation with her estranged father, Fausto Aguilera. Christina had previously claimed she was emotionally and physically abused by her father, but the singer has suggested it may be time to rebuild their relationship. I<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/09/christina-aguilera-father-_n_1264879.html" target="_hplink">n an interview with <em>Latina</em> magazine</a>, she said: "I've talked about how rough things were for me and I'm sure he's heard it. He can't be thrilled about it. So maybe one day we can do lunch... I'm 31 years old now. Maybe it's time."
Kelly Rowland, Christopher Lovett
After 23 years without contact, Kelly Rowland's estranged father, Christopher Lovett, reached out to try and reconcile with his daughter. In 2011, Lovett told Britain's <em>The Daily Mirror</em> that he had a drinking problem and a "vicious temper" that tore his family apart. "Kelly, I love you with all my heart. Please forgive me and let me be your dad again," he told the paper. "I loved her from the moment she took her first breath. I remember as clear as day Kelly and I singing together, from the moment she could talk. Our favorite songs were by Stevie Wonder. I would put one headphone in my ear and the other in hers and we would sing and sing, so happy to be together." His apology might have worked, because later, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2046272/Kelly-Rowland-talks-tough-upbringing-strips-sexy-shoot.html" target="_hplink">Rowland told the <em>Daily Mail</em>:</a> "He reached out to me saying he wanted to see me, but it's unfortunate he did it so publicly. I want to meet him, and soon, I really do. I forgave him a long time ago."