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    Jaden Smith threatened to get emancipated from his parents last year, and Macaulay Culkin succeeded doing so. Meet other celebrities who chose to break away from their families

    Rolling in the deep
    Adele seems to have everything going right, except for a good relationship with her father Mark Evans who abandoned her when she was only three years old. Staying out of her life until she rose to fame (and fortune) in 2011 and making the most of her stardom, Evans was constantly giving interviews about his daughter. Adele has vowed that she wants nothing to do with him, and thus far has stuck to it. Evans himself says that the singer has completely cut him off and won’t accept any attempts at reconciliation. Suffering from bowel cancer, now Evans wants to make sure he’s at least part of Angelo’s (Adele and partner Simon Koneck’s son) life before it is too late, but that too has been snipped in the bud with the popstar saying she’d ‘spit on his face if (she) ever saw him’.

    All grown up
    While she’s made plenty of mistakes
    in her life, Selena Gomez’s biggest one might just be Justin Beiber. Disappointed that the 21-year-old constantly went back to him, Gomez’s mother, Mandy Teefey and step-dad Brian apparently tried controlling the singer. The older couple, who’ve been managing her career and finances since her Disney days, were taken by surprise when last year she decided to cut them loose. Catching them off guard, Gomez relieved them from all duties related to the management of her career because she felt she ‘had outgrown’ her parents.

    Far from nirvana
    Clearly the Cobains don’t have it easy when it comes to any kind of relationship, and the young Frances Bean is following in their footsteps. Back in 2009, Courtney Love was given a restraining order, keeping her away from Bean, her daughter with deceased rocker Kurt Cobain. Due to several drug relapses and accusation of physical abuse, the then 16-year-old Bean lived with Kurt’s mother and sister. Once she turned 18, she filed for emancipation and eventually won. Till date though, the two have remained estranged and Love even owes her own daughter about $3 million, which she technically stole from the youngster’s trust fund. Incidentally, Love divorced her parents at the age of 16 and supported herself illegally as a stripper.

    Bad workmanship
    On May 15, Ariel Winter was finally free of her mother’s clutches, after winning a battle to legally separate from Chrisoula Workman. In 2012, when the Modern Family star was 14 years old, she alleged her mother hit her. Winter’s elder sister Shanelle and husband Barry were granted temporary guardianship but since the youngster turned 17, she was granted emancipation from her estranged mother. Taking to Twitter she said: ‘‘I am now officially emancipated!!! I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance.’’

    Model child
    Taylor Momsen’s career started out very strong, but despite her success on screens both big and small, the now 21-year-old had a turbulent
    childhood. Blaming her mother Collette, the Gossip Girl star says that she was forced into modelling when she was two for a Ford ad and later, because she was constantly signed on for work, she didn’t have a proper childhood. “My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn’t have friends. I was working constantly and I didn’t have a real life,” she says. So when she graduated at 16, two years early, she was considered an adult in the state of New York and was and was free to legally make her own decisions, and cut off from her family.d . Now busy breaking records, the singer has ditched acting in favour of rock music and says she has no regrets.

    — Compiled by Aakanksha Devi

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