It is hard to imagine being the offspring of an A-list star, let alone a B-lister or even a C-lister. Not only would you always be thought of as “Fill-in-blanks” son or daughter but your identity would forever be interwoven with your parents, even more so than the “normal” child. And there will always be a chronicle of your childhood though the countless paparazzi pics. Photos of you playing, shopping and just walking down the street with your famous parents. Not something an average child has to deal with.
But this is reality for oodles of children borne to the rich and famous. Kids like Suri, Violet, Kingston and Shiloh have been hunted down as prey of the paparazzi since the day they were born. Maybe it wouldn’t be that weird if that’s all you knew. But the immense crowds, the aggressiveness of the photographers and just being the center of all the attention must take some kind of toll. Will these kids suffer psychologically from the invasive nature of the media?
Some have noted the children might develop a “false sense of worth” and wonder if it’s “possible for them to find their own identity.” Phil Gosschalk, Director of Australia’s Childpsych Psychology Practice stated that:
“Children’s self-esteem is influenced by how people behave towards them, so if they’re allowed to be in the public eye and have their photo taken they may develop an inflated sense of worth … If children never get realistic feedback about their actions, when they eventually do experience rejection or criticism in their life they may be less resilient. This could set them up to experience depression.”
Some kids like Violet Affleck, seem to deal with it in their stride whereas Suri and Kingston can look physically upset by all the attention.
Do you think this is just part of their life and is just part of who they are? Or will they, down the line, be victims of their parents success?
And check out our gallery of what celebrity parents and kids have to deal with on a daily basis.