Not every child of a famous parent grows up realizing they are the offspring of a bona fide celebrity. In fact, some had no idea whatsoever until they were made aware of their mom or dad's fame in some truly memorable ways. Both angelic and troublesome celebrity kids react the same way when they fnd out their parents are famous: with shock and awe. It's something of a testament to how they were raised.
The ignorance of a parent's celebrity status implies some sense of normalcy and stability cloaked a child's upbringing. If you are a parent of a child who does not realize you are famous, it is a considerable achievement given the constant glare of the paparazzi's lens. Raising a child in such an environment requires constant vigilance, but these famous parents were able to pull it off. Below, celebrity children tell how they discovered their parent's fame - vote up the accounts that are sweetest to you!
Audrey Hepburn's Son Only Realized Who She Was When He Learned Her Last Name Was Different Than His
Luca Dotti always knew his mother as Audrey Dotti. He didn't realize that when she worked, she used her stage name: Hepburn. Whenever she would be interviewed, Luca was baffled why people were calling her this name that clearly wasn't hers. "I never realized she was Audrey Hepburn. I didn't know she was a movie star. She always looked at my father like he was the center of attention," Luca told People. "She was a simple country girl. [...] I didn't know she was Audrey Hepburn until I was 6 or so."
Alexa Ray Joel Just Thought Her Parents Were Popular
The only child of musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel grew up amid a whirlwind of publicity. But it took a while for her to realize the wattage of her parents' stars. Whenever the family would go out and the paparazzi would shout Billy and Christie's names, "I just thought they were popular," Alexa Ray said. "I thought I was the star. We were always putting on plays, and dad would do the accompaniment and mom would dress me up like a Disney princess and be filming everything."
Hilary Duff's Son Learned She Was Famous When A Classmate Told Him Who She Was
Hilary Duff has said that her son, Luca, would see her on the covers of magazines and just assume that that was something all moms did. But it wasn't until someone at school told him his mother's name that he started putting two and two together. One day, after picking him up from school, Duff said, "[Luca] said to me, 'I know your name.' And I said, 'I know.' And he said, 'I know your name.' And I was like, 'Okay.' And he was like, 'Hilary Duff.'" Well, at least he didn't say Lizzie McGuire.
Prince Jackson Knew Who His Dad Was When He Saw The King Of Pop Make Grown Men Faint
There is perhaps no more iconic celebrity of the 20th century than Michael Jackson. His kids had to know just who their dad was, right? Not so, insists Prince Jackson. He didn't get who Michael was until he watched him perform and took in the audience's reaction. "Even today, I don't think it holds the same weight to us [...] because he was our father," Prince Jackson explained to Good Morning America.
When he was younger, he saw videos of his father performing before the celebrity status hit him. "What blew my mind was when I saw these big, muscle-bound dudes fainting and having to be dragged out, so I was like, 'OK, there's something else going on here.'"