• Sun, Dec 12 2010

The All-Time Most Embarrassing Celebrity Parents

It is well-known that Real Housewives of New York and Bethenny Getting Married? star, Bethenny Frankel, has been estranged from her mother for over 20 years and her late father, for even longer.  Bethenny claims that her father rejected her as a child, and that her mother was never there for her.  Bethenny recalls a childhood spent cleaning up after her mother’s bulimia binges, and experiencing dysfunction at home.  She says of her mother, “She was never a mother to me.”   Bethenny is not shy about her dysfunctional childhood; she said on an episode of Real Housewives of New York, “I was raised in a cave…with lions and tigers and bears,” and had a piece in People magazine this summer explaining her tormented childhood.  While Bethenny continues to denounce her parents in the media, her mother stayed quiet.

Until recently.  First, Bethenny’s mother, Bernadette Burke, told Radar Online, “I was a stay-at-home mother and didn’t go back until she started boarding school… The last time I spoke to her was 10 years ago when she borrowed my car and then demolished it and she left it in her boyfriend’s lot and it got stripped… I called her to tell her and she started yelling at me and hung up… and we have never spoken since.”

Then, Bernadette weighed in Bethenny’s decision to do Skating With The Stars, telling Radar Online, “As soon as I saw that she was going to be on Skating with the Stars I just knew she had an ulterior motive… It is for fame and the to one up Jill Zarin… I’ve watched only three episodes of the show and in one Jill Zarin was so proud of her skating and even had a party… As soon as I saw Bethenny was skating, I knew she had another reason than just having fun.”

Now,  Bernadette is commenting on Bethenny’s skating performance on Skating With The Stars. Bernadette told Hollywood Life, “Bethenny has always had an agenda.  She couldn’t be that clumsy if she tried! And this is a person that lived on skates as a child.”  She then went on to say, “I know she can skate, and I know she is physically fit more than anyone can imagine. So it has nothing to do with physicality. She has had every private lesson in the world and she had the best skates. I know she is not that bad on skates, not unless there is a reason.”

And what would that reason be, Bernadette?  Do you think Skating With The Stars is fixed- like, by the mob?

Unfortunately, you can’t pick your parents.  It should comfort you to know that you’re not the only one with extremely embarrasing parents; celebrities have them, too.  Some celebrities are embarrassing parents, as well.  Take a look at our pics for most embarrassing celebrity parents.  Feel free to add your own, as well.

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  • Snooty McFancypants

    Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee. I would rather be parented by all the above than to know my parents were the featured stars in the most prolific sex tape of all time. That and she would probably wear those big furry hats to my soccer practices.