Miley Cyrus has the unfortunate happenstance of blossoming into young adulthood, embarking on a new phase of life, just in time for her parents to call it quits after 18 years of marriage. As with her Hollywood peers, Cyrus’ parents are getting a divorce just as she is about to turn 18.
Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus filed for divorce in late October on the heels of the star of Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” break up with beau, Liam Hemsworth according to Hollywood Life.
It would be wonderful if Cyrus could successfully navigate through these tumultuous family life changes. But if history teaches us anything, it’s that children usually take the brunt of emotional hurt and pain in divorce. Hopefully she can avoid some of the pitfalls and perils experienced by fellow Hollywood stars Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and Hillary Duff. They all had parents who divorced just as they were becoming women.
Dina Lohan filed for divorce from Michael in January 2005 just as Lindsay Lohan turned 18 years old according to People magazine. Michael was estranged from both Lindsay and her mother at the time of the filing. Dina Lohan even had an order of protection against him.
Ever since, Michael Lohan has made it clear how he stands on many issues in his daughter’s life. Lindsay has done the same thing in expressing her distaste for Michael–she wants nothing to do with him.
Britney Spears was 20 years old in 2002 as her parents Jamie and Lynn Spears divorced. Like Cyrus, this was just as Spears was breaking up with Justin Timberlake of ‘N Sync. Spears was mobbed by papparazzi in Mexico and supposedly had been smoking and drinking at the time.
People magazine reported Spears said in an interview at the time “If I mess up, I’m human. If I have a drink or I’m with someone, I’m human. I’m no different that anyone else my age.”
Indeed Spears was a lot like everyone else her age. Spears’ parents couldn’t handle the pressure of their little girl growing up so they ended in divorce.
In August of 2008 the parents of Hilary Duff, Bob and Susan, were embroiled in a bitter divorce dispute. In one court appearance Duff’s father got sent to jail and then posted bail according to People magazine.
Duff’s parents had filed for divorce two and a half years previously when Duff was only 18 years old. At issue in 2008 was how much Hilary’s 21st birthday was going to cost and eventually her estranged father handed over $12,500 for the party.
Perhaps the problem is these parents didn’t know how to handle their children’s new behavior. As teenagers grow into adults sometimes they can seem to be uncontrollable. As parents, we have difficulty letting go of being parental.
As a parent of two wonderful children I realize the need for kids to assert themselves and grow out of the nest. As with Cyrus, perhaps these parents of celebrities just couldn’t handle the stress so they divorced. In any event, these separations are becoming an epidemic amongst mega-star young women in Hollywood.
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Herbst, Diane and Rebecca Paley, “Lindsay Lohan Supports Mom’s Divorce Plan”, People.com.
People magazine, “Britney’s Big Break”, People.com.
Davis, Caris, “Hilary Duff’s Dad Jailed in Texas”, People.com.