Lindsay, Britney, Miley: Is It Mom’s Fault?
Guest blogger Mommy Q on today’s out-of-control starlets … parenting may not be to blame.
-Cathy Hale, MommyQ
Lindsay Lohan‘s sad pictures are splashed all over the Internet these days. She’s no longer the vibrant, talented red-headed little starlet we met many years ago. It’s hard to believe the stark contrast between her glory days in Disney’s remake of The Parent Trap in 1998 and her current role as an inmate, serving time for probation violation. Ouch. As a mother, I feel incredibly sorry for her. Like Britney Spears, her life just spun out of control. Nobody can give Lindsay something to hold on to. She just seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into a scary life of confusion and despair. And Miley Cyrus seems to be headed for the same rough waters.
This is nothing new when it comes to young Hollywood. The question at hand is: Who is responsible when young stars screw up? Parents should still be playing a big role in the lives of these girls. Is it mom’s fault?
Earlier this week former teen pop sensation Debbie Gibson was interviewed on a Fox News show about Lohan’s current debacle. As opposed to what’s been said about Lohan’s mother, Dina, Gibson credited her mother keeping her on the right path. She said her emotional well-being was always a top priority in her family.
“Growing up, there’s this weird thing when you start as a child actor or teen star that you’re constantly getting praised for being poised and together so you can tend to mask a lot of emotional stuff and at some point, the lid’s going to blow off the pot,” Gibson said. “I went through all that. Luckily, I didn’t go through by way of drugs, alcohol or public meltdowns…I had my meltdowns in private, in a therapist’s office.”
Gibson goes on to say, “Luckily, my mom managed me and she always said ‘I want a sane, happy, healthy daughter who goes on to have a normal personal life and kids if you want, and I don’t want you to be exhausted and burnt out by 25.’”