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18 Celebrities Who Divorced Their Parents 

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Updated June 14, 2019 321k views 18 items

This list contains information about celebrities who divorced their parents, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, and musicians have legally emancipated from their parents. Some of these celebrities divorced their parents to avoid child labor laws, while others wanted to have control over their own finances.

Who is the most famous person who divorced their parents? Drew Barrymore tops our list. Drew Barrymore successfully filed for emancipation from her parents when she was 15 years old. Barrymore has been estranged from her mother for most of her life. In 2014 she said, "It's the hardest subject in my life. I've never just been angry with her. I've always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can’t really be in each other's lives at this point." Juliette Lewis legally emancipated from her parents, Geoffrey Lewis and Glenis Duggan Batley, to avoid slowing her career down to accommodate child labor laws. She considers her parents to be "the best."

Macaulay Culkin became legally emancipated from his parents when he was 14 years old. Around the same time, in 1995, his parents got divorced, and Culkin has been estranged from his father, Kit, ever since. With the support of her parents, Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams filed for emancipation when she was 15 years old so that she could avoid adhering to child labor laws.

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Ariel Winter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Divorced Their Parents
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In 2014, Ariel Winter's sister, Shanelle Workman-Gray, took guardianship of Winter due to alleged physical and emotional abuse from their mother. In 2015, the Modern Family star was officially emancipated at the age of 17.

Born: 1998-01-28

Age: 21

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Divorced Their Parents
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Drew Barrymore successfully filed for emancipation from her parents when she was 15 years old. Barrymore has been estranged from her mother for most of her life. In 2014, she said, "It's the hardest subject in my life. I've never just been angry with her. I've always felt guilt and empathy and utter sensitivity. But we can’t really be in each other's lives at this point."

Born: 1975-02-22

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Culver City, California, United States of America

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Juliette Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Divorced Their Parents
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Juliette Lewis legally emancipated from her parents, Geoffrey Lewis and Glenis Duggan Batley, to avoid slowing her career down to accommodate child labor laws. She considers her parents to be "the best."

Born: 1973-06-21

Age: 45

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Michelle Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 18 Celebrities Who Divorced Their Parents
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With the support of her parents, Michelle Williams filed for emancipation when she was 15 years old so that she could avoid adhering to child labor laws.

Born: 1980-09-09

Age: 38

Birthplace: USA, Kalispell, Montana

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