In Touch interviewed several nannies who have worked for the rich and famous. Though it is usual to sign confidentiality agreements to work for A-listers, these naughty nannies bared their secrets and revealed that working for celebrities isn’t always as glamorous as it looks.
Unlike some other Hollywood heavyweights, Madonna reportedly runs a strict and healthy household. According to Angela Jacobsen, the former nanny to Madonna’s adopted son David, 4, the family follows a strict kosher and macrobiotic diet. This means no salt, sugar or fast food. The children – also including Lourdes, 13, Rocco, 9, and Mercy, 4 – are not permitted access to TV, magazines or newspapers.
In contrast, according to a nanny who previously worked for Anglina Jolie and Brad Pitt, things here are somewhat more chaotic. She reports that, “The kids are wild in the morning, running into Brad and Angelina’s room to attack them, pull her hair and jump on him.” She also said that, because the family often sleeps in one big bed, the children – Maddox, 7, Pax, 5, Zahara, 4, Shiloh, 4, and one year old twins, Vivienne and Knox – have become very needy.
Kelly Bensimon, of The Real Housewives of New York City, reportedly has her own way of dealing with the stresses of motherhood and, according to a former nanny, starts her day by spiking her coffee with tequila. The nanny, who was hired in 2009 to watch Bensimon’s two children Sea, 12, and Teddy, 10, said that even the neighbors thought that the reality show star was a bit high-maintenance. “They said, ‘You’re the fourth person in the last six months to work for her,’” she claims, adding that she thinks that Kelly is “crazy.”
Courtney Love has left her daughter in the care of others right from the beginning. One of the dozens of different nannies who was responsible for raising Frances, 17, said, “In my opinion, there really wasn’t any parenting involved. She was not ever really there, mentally.”