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A list of celebrity deadbeat dads, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. The men on this list have succeeded in many areas of their lives: they are rich, famous, and successful, for the most part. But all of these gents have, at some point or another, failed as fathers.

Whether they have refused to pay child support, neglected their children, denied them, abused them, or crossed the line in other ways, these famous fathers let down the very people who were counting on them. While some of these bad dads have redeemed themselves and turned over a new leaf, others have not.

There are lots of famous dads who seem like they are pretty great. Unfortunately, these fathers have chosen a different parenting path. Instead of being loving and coaching that U-8 rec soccer team, they’ve ended up here, on this deadbeat dad list. Maybe your dad shouted at you once – but is he Jude Law? No? Lucky you! Maybe someday these famous deadbeat dads will see the light and turn over a new leaf as fathers, but in the meantime, read about the many ways in which they have neglected their duties as Daddy Dearest.

 

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Bobby Brown — who was famously married to the late Whitney Houston for 15 years — has a history of skipping out on his child support payments. The R&B singer/songwriter served jail time for missed payments on several occasions, including in 2007 when he spent three days in a county jail for owing nearly $20,000 in child support and court fees to his ex, Kim Ward.

He was bailed out by Washington, D.C.-area radio station Hot 99.5 FM in exchange for a week of interviews and appearances. Seems like a fair deal.

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Update: DMX was arrested yet again in October 2015 for failing to pay $10,000 in child support. The arrest came just one month after he served a two-month sentence for failing to pay in June.

Deadbeat dad alert! Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested in NYC for failure to pay more than $400,000 in child support. The 44 year old was taken into custody just before he was set to perform as Master of Ceremony at a Radio City Music Hall concert in June 2015. In addition to his child support issues, DMX also had outstanding warrants for bail jumping and aggravated unlicensed motor vehicle operation. He was later sentenced to six months in jail.

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Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, New York, Mount Vernon

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According to TMZ, Halle Berry has been paying her model baby daddy Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month in child support for their 6-year-old daughter, Nahla. The money has been flowing in since 2011, when they were awarded joint custody of their daughter. Since then, Aubrey has been taking advantage of the situation and living ENTIRELY off child support rather than getting a job or, you know, saving that money for their child. 

In 2014, news broke that Halle has had enough and is requesting that her whopping $16,000 payment be reduced to just $3,000. She argues that the reduction would force him to get a job and do his part in supporting Nahla.

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

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You may know him as one of the greatest NBA players of all time but he’s also (lesser) known for 1) blowing off his 3 children during most of his career 2) telling his own son it was “too late” for a relationship at his High School graduation and 3) not seeing two of his children (twins), at all, until a popular tabloid broke the story of their existence 17-years later.

At 20, he impregnated a 13-year-old and famously fought the $125/week child support payments. Of his three kids, two are professional athletes: WNBA superstar Cheryl Ford and Demetrius Bell.

Source: “Karl Malone is a Pathetic Human Being”

Age: 55

Birthplace: Summerfield, Louisiana, United States of America

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Lindsay Lohan’s alcoholic and cocaine-addicted dad refused to pay child support, pimped his daughter hard in the entertainment industry and blamed everyone else (including his wife) for destroying her. If anyone is responsible for Lilo’s spiral into dysfunction, it’s probably him.

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Syosset, New York, USA

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The former Chicago Bulls star and Kim Jong Un-bestie, Dennis Rodman, was ordered to pay half of a million dollars in back child support to his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, in 2012. Earlier that year, the basketball player was ordered to perform more than 100 hours of community service for missed payments in 2009 and 2010.

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Age: 57

Birthplace: USA, Trenton, New Jersey

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In 2011, Val Kilmer’s ex-wife, Joanne Whalley, claimed that the “Batman Forever” actor had fallen behind on his $27,500 per month child support payments for their two kids.

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Matthew Knowles
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Beyonce’s father and ex-manager Matthew Knowles has been accused of having various affairs–one of which produced a love child whom he has largely ignored. He was also accused of stealing money by his own world-famous daughter and was eventually dropped from her management team.

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The Champ reportedly owes $327,858.36 in child support for his 12 children by 6 women. If the boxing legend doesn’t pay up soon, his driver’s license could be suspended, which explains why he continues to waddle into the ring and get his butt kicked at age 50.

Age: 56

Birthplace: Atmore, Alabama, United States of America

Francois-Henri Pinault
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In 2011, supermodel Linda Evangelista’s attorney accused her ex-husband, billionaire Francois-Henry Pinault, of “sitting back and paying zero” towards child support for their son Augie. Pinault — who is now married to Salma Hayek — denied the claim.

Evangelista was requesting $46,000 a month from Pinault, which is a lot (!), and if granted, would have been one of the highest support orders in the history of family court. But! The guy is heir to a family estate worth an estimated $11.5 billion, and he makes about $5 million a year as CEO of fashion company PPR.

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Over the years, former NFL bad boy Terrell Owens has had trouble keeping up with child support payments to the four women with whom he has kids. In spite of making roughly $80 million during his football career, Owens claimed in 2011 that he was broke and filed legal documents to reduce the cost of the payments.

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Alexander City, Alabama, United States of America

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Tawanna Iverson, Allen Iverson’s ex-wife, claims that he’s a deadbeat dad who emptied their joint account that she used to support their 5 children after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely broke. Iverson, who made around $200 million over the course of his NBA career, has continuously refused to pay and has gone to court multiple times.

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia, United States of America

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By most accounts, Jude Law is a great father to the 3 children he shares with his ex-wife Sadie Frost.

It’s the fourth, illegitimate child that he denied having until a paternity test proved otherwise that has given him his bad dad rep. After the paternity test, Jude Law did take steps to responsibly support his daughter, Sophia, and his baby’s mama, Samantha Burke, a “model” he had a one night stand with. But he still occasionally forgets about her in public.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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A few years ago, rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri missed child support payments to baby mama Sarai Jones, with whom he had a then-seven-month-old baby girl. He was unable to pay the $2,500 per month plus $7,500 fee because of financial hardships and Jones sued him for the money.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Asheville, North Carolina

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Levi Johnston — who had a son with Sarah Palin’s (unmarried) daughter, Bristol in December 2008 — reportedly owes $67k in unpaid child support, but continues to blow his money on guns and other “manly” expenses, rather than on his son, Tripp.

A source told Us Weekly in May 2012, that “Levi made more than $1 million [this year] and squandered it on guns, boats and four-wheelers.”

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Wasilla, Alaska, United States of America

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