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Jenna Jameson Returns To Porn For A Depressing Reason

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Former adult actress Jenna Jameson signs copies of her new book 'Sugar' at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on October 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Former adult actress Jenna Jameson signs copies of her new book ‘Sugar’ at Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Grove on October 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)

Porn legend Jenna Jameson has had a rough time lately. There was that painful-to-watch Good Day New York interview wherein she slurred and stumbled so much that she wound up getting the whole thing cut short, as well as previous incidents with the police including a battery case and a DUI, but now, it seems Jameson’s main problem is money.

After vowing in 2008 to quit the adult film industry that made her a star, Jameson has decided that she must come back to it. In an interview with for “Oprah: Where Are They Now?,” Jameson explained her reasons for leaving porn:

“I made a promise to my children when they were in my tummy that there is no way I could ever, ever, ever go back.”

Yesterday, she told TMZ that she’s recently returned to the adult industry via webcam shows for paying customers online. Why?

“My motivation is taking care of my family. And having fun and meeting all my fans.”

Obviously, most parents work to care for their children. That’s not the depressing thing here. What is depressing is that Jameson retired from doing adult film not just because she wanted to, but because she could; homegirl had a net worth of $10 million. ClubJenna, her website, had revenues of over $30 million. She wrote a bestselling book, has appeared on television dozens of times, spoke at Oxford about the adult industry…she’s been really, genuinely successful. So it is really, really sad that her house was foreclosed on and she has to go back to doing a job she no longer wishes to do, but it’s sad in a strange way.

I’m not judging Jameson for being in porn — that would be ridiculous. In my opinion, the adult film industry is a much more positive force than negative and I think tons of its stars are happy, healthy and proud of what they do (rather than the pathetic, depressing and codependent caricatures the mainstream media often paints them as). I just sincerely do not understand how somebody blows through that much money. I don’t. If you have a clue, please inform me, because I totally do not get it.

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  • Julia Sonenshein

    Aw, I just want the best for her.

  • Hayley Hoover

    Jenna. :( You can come sleep on my couch.

  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    I think part of the issue is that if you grew up without much money, it can be really hard to navigate suddenly having lots of it. It can cloud people’s judgement on what’s an essential purchase or service, on the importance of saving, or even the trustworthiness of the people they hire to do various jobs. ESPN actually has a fantastic, wrenching documentary called “Broke,” about professional athletes who have done basically the same thing and are almost penniless just a few years after they retire.

  • Kelly

    drugs cost a LOT of money. A LOT.

  • brebay

    I don’t think anyone goes into porn because they are happy, healthy, or proud. I know they say that, but that’s part of the job. I do agree it’s entirely their business. Jenna is a troubled creature and I think we can all guess where a lot of that money has gone. Still, I hope her kids do get some time with her, I’m sure their dad is no prince either. I don’t think porn is inherently wrong, I just can’t ignore the fact that the OVERWHELMING majority of porn actors are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. I just can’t get past that, it’s sad, and it’s the case with Jenna, as she’s spoken of publicly, as well as a majority of her colleagues. That being said, it should not impact custody. If we took kids away from parents for “deviant” behavior, bankers’ and congressmen’s kids would all be in foster care! Hope she gets help, her kids don’t care what she’s done, they need her.

    • Samantha_Escobar

      I think plenty of people go into porn because they want to; not necessarily BECAUSE they are happy, healthy and proud, but they are also those things. Some people really love sex, are exhibitionists, and enjoy having sex with other people on camera. I’m sure there are lots of people who aren’t happy, but I’ve been friends with more than 5 people who have done porn who came from happy homes, most of whom didn’t even need the money, and none of them regret it.

    • A-nony-mous

      They didn’t take custody away because she did (or is still doing) porn, they gave custody to Tito because she didn’t show up for three court dates, is on drugs (and it’s in the documents that she’s on drugs, this isn’t just rumors. The courts of California stated this as fact) and is an alcoholic who refuses to stop drinking, has a DUI after having her licensed removed, assaulted her own assistant Brittany Markham and is quite clearly a dangerous trainwreck who is not safe to be around children at the moment. Nor did she actually even ask or want custody (this was posted in the court documents).

    • A-nony-mous

      They didn’t take custody away because she did (or is still doing) porn, they gave custody to Tito because she didn’t show up for three court dates, is on drugs (and it’s in the documents that she’s on drugs, this isn’t just rumors. The courts of California stated this as fact) and is an alcoholic who refuses to stop drinking, has a DUI after having her licensed removed, assaulted her own assistant Brittany Markham and is quite clearly a dangerous trainwreck who is not safe to be around children at the moment. Nor did she actually even ask or want custody (this was posted in the court documents).

    • brebay

      Yeah, I didn’t say it was so in her case. I live, unfortunately, in a red state and the mother’s screwed in court if she ever even took a nude pic! I’m glad that wasn’t the reason here, and I think it’s apparent she has substance use and/or mental health issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if Tito does too, some people are just better at hiding it or smarter about going to court clean. Hope she gets some help, her kids need her.

    • A-nony-mous

      I do as well. I think a lot of us want to see her succeed because at times she seems like a nice person and most of us have bleeding hearts for lost souls, especially those with children. Right now it feels like she’s surrounded herself by too many flunkies only out to kiss her butt and has no one to tell her she needs to stop, not go to the club tonight and get off MyFreeCams and put on some damn clothes and dress like the 40 year old woman she is.

  • A-nony-mous

    Jenna’s problem doesn’t seem to be money, she seems to have plenty to fly around and be in a different state every few days and to hire personal photographers just for fun, to go shoe shopping every few days for $1500+ shoes and so forth. Her problem seems to be letting go of the limelight. She was a huge star for a long time and now she can’t seem to accept the quiet life no matter how much she says she wants it. Just as a for instance she threw herself no less than eight nightclub birthdays, each in a different state. She was celebrating her April birthday still well into July and even August. She constantly hangs around and parties with people half her age who are so starstruck and young and immature anyway that they encourage and enable her. Her instagram and twitter are, likewise, full of people who insist that she can do no wrong even after she beat up her own assistant and lost complete custody of her children.

    It reminds me of Anna Nicole Smith in a lot of ways and I really hope Jenna gets it together but she’s surrounded herself by ‘Yes’ people who want to sleep with her or want her money. Tito’s not perfect but he was the only one even attempting to get her healthy. :(

  • Kelly

    She’s not very bright. That’s how she blew through all that money.

  • An

    Tito, the woman beater – took everything from her. Now there is a whore living in HER house taking care of HER children.

  • http://twitter.com/TyrannoThunder Tyrannosaurus Thunder

    Jenna Jameson was my very first porn star that I …..you know……when I was younger, so she holds a special spot in my heart and I will definitely be spending some of my money on her in anyway possible, mainly cuz the secreted fluids that exit my body are in fact due to her

  • Dude

    I am just in the middle of reading her 2004 book, and I can understand how things like that happen, how somebody blows through that much money. There were some extraordinary events in her past life that were strikingly similar. For example, when she was about 18, she saved tons of money and gave it to her boyfriend to open a tattoo parlor. In the last day of renovations, it was blown up by a gang. It was apparently not insured, and all the money was gone. She doesn’t say a word about it in the book, but just returns to her normal life again. A year forward, the same boyfriend steals her savings, tens of thousands of dollars in cash. She didn’t even notice that until it was too late. Later in life, she makes a fortune in porn, but doesn’t save a penny. When she’s sick, she lives on cheap ramen noodles. All along the book it seems that she doesn’t have even a basic understanding of how to save money, value it, keep it, or made something worth of it. The gift of beauty and the motivation to succeed as a porn star gave her the ability to make a lot of money, but she never knows how to make the most of it.

    So when an angry ex comes along, with a better understanding of how to manage money than she has, she finds herself back in this situation. I’m really sorry for her.

  • Kingsley

    Big deal! Webcam shows are better than acting in hardcore porn scenes!