During divorce, even the best parents can get so caught up in their own anxieties, insecurities and hurt feelings that they may forget that the messy back-and-forth is taking a toll on their kids. Children of celebrities run an even greater risk of being caught in the crossfire because the media follows their parents' every misstep and publishes those private battles for millions to see.
Click through the slides below to see eight celebrity children who got wrapped up in their parents' divorce drama. Then weigh in: how did you keep your kids out of your split?
Since parents Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/tom-cruise-katie-holmes-divorce_n_1638050.html">announced their split</a> in June 2012, the media has kept close tabs on daughter Suri -- even going so far as to <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120911/chelsea/suri-cruises-first-day-of-school-sees-paparazzi-flock-chelsea">follow the youngster</a> to her New York City <a href="http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/entertainment/news/katie-holmes-enrolls-suri-avenues-40000-year-private-school">private school</a>. But dad clearly does not approve of the intense media scrutiny that his family has faced in the wake of their divorce. In October 2012, Tom Cruise <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/tom-cruise-filed-lawsuit-suri-court/story?id=17563270#.UIsEf2mfF4U">filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit</a> against Bauer Publishing -- the company behind gossip magazines such as Life & Style and In Touch -- for printing stories claiming that the "Mission Impossible" actor <a href="http://1-ps.googleusercontent.com/x/www.thehollywoodgossip.com/assets.thehollywoodgossip.com/photos/xlarge_p/wkourtney-kardashian-on-life-and-style.jpg.pagespeed.ic.Uma1ogwyiJ.webp">"abandoned" his daughter.</a>
Ireland Baldwin's famous parents Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=5832850&page=1#.UIsKG2mfF4X">finalized their divorce</a> in 2002, but their <a href="http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20144854,00.html">bitter custody battle</a> lasted much longer than that. In 2007, a <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/22/alecs-threatening-message/">nasty voicemail</a> that the "30 Rock" actor had left for his then-11-year-old daughter was leaked to the press. In the message, Baldwin famously called his daughter <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/18220258/ns/today-entertainment/t/angry-voice-mail-baldwin-goes-public/#.UIsLnmmfF4U">"a rude, thoughtless little pig."</a> Baldwin's visitation rights were <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2007/04/22/alecs-threatening-message/">temporarily suspended</a> as a result. He later <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20037116,00.html">apologized on "The View"</a> and added that the angry tirade was the result of <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20037116,00.html">"deep and seemingly endless frustration"</a> with his ex.
Preston and Jayden Federline
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline -- parents to Preston and Jayden Federline --<a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2007-07-30-spears-federline_N.htm?csp=34&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-LifeTopStories+(Life+-+Top+Stories)"> finalized their divorce</a> in July 2007 after nearly <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,700364,00.html">three years of marriage.</a> In a bizarre January 2008 custody dispute, Spears <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20169330,00.html">refused to hand the boys over</a> to Federline after her scheduled visitation time was up and instead, <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20169330,00.html">locked herself in a bathroom</a> with her youngest son. Spears, who police at the scene said appeared to be <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1578990/britney-spears-hospitalized-after-domestic-incident.jhtml">"under the influence of an unknown substance,"</a> was later hospitalized for a medical evaluation. At the end of the month, the pop star was <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/britney-spears-forcibly-committed-psychiatric-ward-article-1.341270">forcibly committed to a psych ward</a> at the UCLA Medical Center.
Sam and Lola Sheen
After an <a href="http://www.hollywood.com/news/Richards_and_Sheen_Back_Together/3467144">on-again-off-again</a> marriage, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen announced they were <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/people/2006-01-04-sheen-richards-divorce_x.htm">going forward with their divorce</a> in January 2006. The <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,299100,00.html">messy split</a> was <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1564496,00.html">finalized later that year</a> in November 2006. Amid a 2008 custody battle, reports circulated that <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2008/06/10/charlie-and-denise-battle-over-needles/">Sheen and Richards were at odds</a> over the girls' medical care. The former "Two and a Half Men" star reportedly refused to let his daughters <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,299100,00.html">receive routine vaccinations</a> because he believed them to be harmful to their health. In a sternly written letter to Sam and Lola's pediatrician (who apparently <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2008/06/10/charlie-and-denise-battle-over-needles/">sided with Richards</a> on this matter), Sheen's attorney made it clear that <a href="http://www.aolcdn.com/tmz_documents/0610_charlie_sheen_wm.pdf">he did not consent</a> to his daughters' treatment.
Zion and Zaire Wade
Zion and Zaire Wade's parents -- NBA star Dwyane Wade and his high school sweetheart Siohvaughn Funches-Wade -- <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2010-06-25-dwyane-wade-divorce_N.htm">finalized their acrimonious divorce</a> in June 2010. Two years later, Funches-Wade's was <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57456824-504083/siohvaughn-funches-wade-ex-wife-of-nba-star-dwyane-wade-arrested-for-attempted-child-abduction-police-say/">arrested for attempted child abduction</a> after she refused to hand over the children to Wade's sister once her scheduled visitation was over. When one of the police officers tried to take her into custody, Funches-Wade reportedly tried to <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57456824-504083/siohvaughn-funches-wade-ex-wife-of-nba-star-dwyane-wade-arrested-for-attempted-child-abduction-police-say/">leave the house without the children</a>. Her ex-husband attempted to legally <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/dwyane-wade-custody-siohvaughn-arrest-sons_n_1609844.html">suspend her visitation rights</a> after the incident.
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