Elon Musk's child Vivian is latest celerity kid to sue their parents

Elon Musk's child Vivian is latest celerity kid to sue their parents

June 27, 2022

Escaping the celebrity parent trap! Elon Musk’s trans daughter who’s severed all ties with her father follows in the footsteps of Mischa Barton who sued her ‘greedy stage mother’ and Macaulay Culkin divorcing his parents

  • Vivian Wilson signed petition to sever all ties with her father Elon Musk, 50 
  • Joins sad cohort of celebs who had to take legal action against their own parents 
  • Mischa Barton, 36, sued her ‘greedy stage mom’ Nuala for stealing from her 
  • Macauley Culkin, now 41, removed parents’ name from trust fund in late 1990s

Elon Musk’s trans daughter has been granted the right to change her name and gender, after delcaring she no longer wishes to be related to her biological father ‘in any way.’ 

The 18-year-old, who was born Xavier Musk, is now Vivian Jenna Wilson after coming out as trans earlier this year. 

Several other stars have paved the way for Vivian by taking action against their own parents in the past. 

Mischa Barton, 36, sued her ‘greedy stage mom’ Nuala in 2015, claiming she stole money that the actress earned over the course of her acting career. 

Meanwhile, Macauley Culkin removed his parents’ names out of his trust fund following their split in the 1990s and hasn’t spoken to his father since. 

Here FEMAIL takes a look at the celebrities whose fraught relationships with their parents ended up in court. 

Elon Musk’s daughter Vivian Wilson  

Elon Musk’s trans daughter was granted the right to change her name and gender and said she no longer wishes to be related to her biological father ‘in any way.’ The 18-year-old, who was born Xavier Musk, has now legally changed her name to Vivian Jenna Wilson after coming out as trans earlier this year. Pictured with her brother Griffin, left, and Tallulah Riley and Elon Musk in 2015) 

Musk’s daughter Vivian was granted the right to change her gender and to take her mother’s maiden name after filing paperwork three days after turning 19. 

The petition only became public on Monday, the day after Fathers Day. Neither she nor her twin brother Griffin have been seen publicly recently.

Musk was married to Vivian’s mother, Canadian author Justine Wilson, from 2000 until 2008. Their first son, Nevada, was born in 2002 and died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) at 10 weeks. 

The pair went on to have twin sons – Xavier and Griffin – and triplet boys: Damian, Kai and Saxon, now 16.

Vivian was earlier quoted as saying in court documents the name change was motivated by ‘the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.’ 

A new birth certificate reflecting the name and gender change will be issued shortly. The judge’s ruling simply read: ‘The petitioner’s name is changed from Xavier Alexander Musk to Vivian Jenna Wilson. The gender of the petitioner is changed from male to female.’ 

Vivian is now facing a court hearing today in Santa Monica to confirm her change of gender and name.

Musk has not yet commented on the paperwork. In a tweet last week, Justine wrote: “‘I had a weird childhood,” my 18-year-old said to me.’

‘I can’t believe I’m as normal-seeming as I am.’ ‘I said, ‘I’m very proud of you.’ ‘I’m proud of myself!” 

Justine’s tweet came as controversial past remarks by Elon about transgender issues resurfaced in light of the announcement.

Musk has a history of making controversial comments about trans people, declaring in 2020 that ‘pronouns suck’ and adding: ‘I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.’

He also has declared his support for Florida governor Ron DeSantis who sparked a controversy with a bill nicknamed the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill that bans teaching children in third grade or below anything about sexual orientation and gender identity.

Under California law, those petitioning to change their name and gender automatically have a hearing scheduled for six weeks after filing their petition to give anyone who objects time to counter-file, provided they have ‘good cause’.

If no objections are forthcoming, the judge will automatically grant the name or gender change.

Anyone who does object has to appear to explain their reasons in front of a judge and the petitioner is allowed to offer counter-arguments before the judge decides.

Mischa Barton sued her ‘greedy stage mum’. 

The OC actress Mischa Barton sued her mother Nuala Barton in 2015, alleging she stole money from her throughout her career (pictured together in 2012) 

The OC actress Mischa Barton sued her mother Nuala Barton in 2015, alleging she stole money from her throughout her career. 

The suit, which Barton filed in Los Angeles at the time, also claimed her mother had kicked her out of an $8million Beverly Hills home bought with money earned early in her career.

Further claims surfaced that in one instance, Nuala lied about the amount her daughter was being paid for a 2013 film and pocketed the difference. 

The actress also accused her mother of stonewalling attempts to sell their joint $7million dollar Beverly Hills mansion for years – even locking her out of the property and refusing access to potential buyers. 

Nuala had been her daughter’s manager for years until the actress accused her mom of being a ‘greedy stage mother posing as a talent manager’.

She alleged in court documents that neither of her parents worked anymore, and instead were using their as their ‘personal ATM.’ 

Barton said in unearthed documents at the time that her parents ‘sit back expecting their daughter’s hard work and dedication to her craft to support their lifestyle.’ 

The suit was dismissed in February 2017, the terms of the agreement stating Nuala would sell the home. 

Macaulay Culkin removed his parents from his trust fund 

Macaulay Culkin removed his parents’ names from his trust fund in 1994. It was reported at the time he had ‘divorced’ his parents, which he denied in 2018. Pictured: Kit and Patricia Culkin with Macaulay and Kieran, who is know for Succession

For years in was claimed that the Home Alone actor had ‘divorced; his parents and removed them as his legal guardians’, however, he dismissed the claims in 2018. 

The child star did however take legal actions against his parents, and has been estranged from his father, Kit Culkin, ever since. 

Culkin told Marc Maron’s WTF podcast in 2018 that he decided to walk away from acting after starring in the 1994 movie Richie Rich. 

His mother, who was not married to Kit, filed for custody, which launched a bitter battle.

This culminated in 1995 when Culkin took both his parents to court to block them from controlling the $17million he had in earnings on his trust fund. 

‘I learned how to read court papers at 14,” Macaulay told New York magazine in 2006. 

In the same podcast, Culkin said he felt his father was ‘jealous’ of him, because ‘everything he tried to do in his life I excelled at before I was 10 years old.’ 

He added his father was a ‘tyrant’ that would humiliate him and used to terrorise his children. 

As of 2018, he said his father and him hadn’t spoken in ‘about a quarter of a century.’

Kit Culkin, who now leads a quiet like in Oregon aged 77, told the Daily Mail in 2016 that Macaulay was ‘not [his] son anymore.’ 

Kit and Patricia had managed Macaulay’s career which began when he started acting at the age of four.

The youngster became a global star at the age of 10 as Kevin, the little boy left behind when his family leaves on Christmas vacation, and he accumulated a fortune estimated at $50 million before he retired at 14.

When Kit and Patricia split in 1995, there followed a bitter legal battle over who would get custody of the kids, including Macaulay and his fortune.

Kit’s other children are Shane, 39, Kieran, 33, Quinn, 31, Christian, 28 and Rory, 25. A daughter Dakota, 30, tragically died in December 2008 after being struck by a vehicle in Los Angeles.

Ariel Winter’s custody battle 

Ariel Winter legally emancipated from her mother in 2015 after a bitter legal battle for custody took place between her her mother Crystal Workman and her sister Shanelle, pictured second right) 

Ariel Winter has been at the centre of a bitter custody row since 2012, when her mother Crystal Workman Workman had her custody rights removed after allegations by Winter’s sister that she was an abusive mother. 

Workman denied being physically and emotionally abusive towards her teenage daughter, who was 14 at the time. 

It was reported at the time that Ariel’s sister Shanelle filed a guardianship petition in Angeles.

Crystal Workman denied all the allegations of abuse, but temporarily lost custody of Ariel while they were being investigated. 

A judge ordered Workman to stay away and have no contact with her daughter until their court hearing at the time. 

Winter’s sister, also a TV actress, was appointed as a temporary guardian but did not have access to Winter’s earnings, according to the judge’s order.

Winter, who started acting in films and TV shows at age seven, currently plays Alex Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy.

Winter’s mother was accused in the filings of ‘ongoing physical abuse’ described as slapping and hitting, as well as name-calling and personal insults. 

An independent attorney was appointed to oversee Winter’s interests in the case.

The Modern Family star eventually legally emancipated from Crystal Workman in 2015, citing physical and emotional abuse. 

In 2017, Workman told Inside Edition that after the emancipation she became homeless and has been living out of a cluttered storage facility for over a year and a half. Her bathroom was a 4-by-6-foot space.

Workman said: ‘I lived in a storage space. There was no heat, no air for over a year-and-a-half.’

That same year, Winter talked about her very tough upbringing during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and claimed her mother would force her to wear inappropriate outfits and even restricted her diet.

Winter said her mother sexualized her starting at the age of seven and would dress her ‘in the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you’ve ever seen.’

Britney Spears’s conservatorship battle

Britney Spears’ fight to end her 13-year-long conservatorship put in place by her father Jamie Spears, left, has been well-documented

Fans of the Oops… I Did It Again singer celebrated when she tied the knot with Sam Asghari on June 9. 

This marked a new chapter for the performer, who successful put an end to a 13-year-long conservatorship in November after years of legal battle. 

The conservatorship was put in place by Spears’ father Jamie Spears in 2007 after the singer went through a troubled time.

Spears, who turns 40 next month, shocked the world in June 2021 when she laid bare the terms of her arrangement.

‘In California the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking, making anyone work, work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport card — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them,’ she told the court.

One of the most shocking revelations from the June 22 hearing was that Spears was being forced to use birth control, to stop her having a third child.

She is the mother of two teenage sons – Sean Preston, 16, and Jayden James, 15, with ex-husband Kevin Federline. He has full custody of their boys.

Spears told the court in June: ‘I want to be able to get married and have a baby.

‘I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby.

‘But this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children, any more children.’

Under the terms of her conservatorship, she was also prevented from driving.

Jamie Spears, according to the New York Times, ‘restricted everything from whom she dated to the color of her kitchen cabinets.’ 

Spears shocked the court in June 2021 when she said that she had been forced to take the powerful psychiatric medicine lithium.

‘I’ve had the same lady every morning for the past eight years give me my same medication,’ Spears told the judge.

But, she added, that was changed by her father, against her will.

‘He immediately, the next day, put me on lithium, out of nowhere,’ Spears told the court.

‘He took me off my normal meds I’ve been on for five years, and lithium is a very, very strong and completely different medication compared to what I was used to. You can go mentally impaired if you take too much, if you stay on it longer than five months.

‘But he put me on that, and I felt drunk.

‘I really couldn’t even take up for myself. I couldn’t even have a conversation with my mom or dad really about anything.

‘I told them I was scared and my doctor had me on — six different nurses with this new medication come to my home, stay with me to monitor me on this new medication, which I never wanted to be on to begin with. 

‘There were six different nurses in my home and they wouldn’t let me get in my car to go anywhere for a month.’

Leighton Meester sued her mother for stealing from her brother 

The Gossip Girl star sued her mother Constance Meester in 2012 and won. She accused her mother of stealing money she sent to her brother on beauty treatments (pictured in 2019)

The Gossip Girl star sued her mother Constance Meester in 2012 and won.

She accused her mother of stealing money she sent to her brother on beauty treatments.  

Leighton, who was 26 at the time, stated that her mother, Constance Meester, used the funds to have cosmetic procedures such as plastic surgery, Botox and hair extensions. 

Leighton’s brother Alexander is eight years younger than her and suffers from serious medical issues. 

The actress was sending him $7,500 a month to cover the cost of his health expenses, however, she found out Constance was using the money on herself. 

The Weekend Away star’s mother tried to argue that her daughter had agreed to provide her with $10,000 a months, however, the judge slammed these claims and said such an argument had never existed. 

At the time of the suit, Leighton wasn’t asking for any of the money back, but said she just wanted her mother out of her life. 

Initially, Constance wanted to counter attack with her own lawsuit, claiming $3million in damages for ‘sacrificing her happiness’ to support Leighton’s acting career, but eventually dropped the case. 

Initially Constance hit back with a lawsuit of her own claiming $3million in damages for ‘sacrificing her happiness’ to support Leighton’s acting career.

However Leighton’s mother, who gave birth to her daughter while on remand on drug smuggling charges, then told her lawyers she no longer wanted to proceed with the case. 

LeAnn Rimes sued her father  

LeAnn Rimes, in white, right, sued her father Wilbur Rimes, in 2000, for allegedly stealing an estimated $8million from her. Pictured together in 2011

The country singer, who rose to fame with the song Can’t Fight the Moonlight, sued her father, Wilbur Rimes, and her former manager Lyle Walker for stealing an estimated $8million from her in 2000. 

Her mother Belinda, with whom LeAnn lived with at the time following their parents’ divorce, filed the suit on her behalf because the singer was 17 and still at minor at the time. 

MTV news reported at the time that LeAnn alleged that the two men had taken 30 per cent of her income away from her by inflating their management and producer fees. 

She also alleged that Wilbur and Lyle used improper business tactics while making business with a transportation company and Lyle’s son, Layne Walker, who was a life-insurance agent.  

The suit alleged that the defendants took no-interest loans through the comany thy formed in 1995 to represent LeAnn, which was called LeAnn Rimes Entertainment Inc. 

And it was also revealed at the time that the lawsuit claimed that Wilbur and Lyle claimed royalty payments in excess of of $8million from 1996 to 1999, which was more than $5million what the singer herself received in the same timeframe. 

At the time, LeAnn did not request a specific amount in compensation, because she claimed the exact amount her father and Walker took from her was unknown. 

The suit was eventually settled, and LeAnn has worked on repairing her relationship with her dad ever since. 

In 2014, the Blue star said in her show LeAnn and Eddie: ‘Some people never get over that kind of falling out.’ 

‘My dad and I have been through a lot together and we’ve come out the other side of it with a relationship. It’s pretty amazing,’ an emotional LeAnn said as she appeared on CBS The Talk that same year to promote her regality TV show. 

‘I’m glad people get to see my dad. He’s been drug through the media so long being this horrible person and I’m glad people get to see my dad for what he really is on the show,’ she added.

Jena Malone sued her mother

Jena Malone asked for emancipation from her mother Debbie Malone, right, in 1999 and was granted it when she was 15. However, the two women have mended their relationship, and in 2018, Jena, then a single mother, moved back in with her mother and her boyfriend 

The Hunger Games actress sued her mother when she was just 14 years old in 1999. 

She accused Debbie Malone of living off her earnings and mismanaging her money in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles that year. 

The Los Angeles Times reported at the time that Jena had filed for emancipation, and had filed a second suit in Superior Court, accusing her mother of squandering more than $1million.

Her emancipation request was granted just after her 15th birthday, and Jena said in a 2001 interview with People that she was ‘fully in control of my career and my finances and my life.’

After the emancipation, Jena and her mother worked to rebuild their relationship.  

In the same interview, Deborah admitted she ‘listened to too much advice from people who didn’t always have our best interest at heart.’

‘It is a degrading situation to be in, to have a daughter who makes a quarter of a million dollars when you’ve never made over $10,000,’ she added. 

In 2018, Jena revealed she and her mother had mended their relationship, and that she had moved in with Debbie and her boyfriend after becoming a single mother. 

‘She helped and supported me thru one of the hardest transitions I’ve ever been through,’ she said in an emotional Instagram post. 

‘And slowly but surely she has become the best friend I have ever had. I’m in awe of what time allows us and what time teaches us,’ she added. 

‘I’m in awe of the mother daughter bond that spans decades and lifetimes and waits for the perfect moment to bloom. Thank you for waiting for me to bloom with you mama. I love you so much,’ the post went on. 

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