8 Celebrities With Unconventional Parents

  
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Celebrities aren’t really known for living typical lifestyles, but some stars come from backgrounds that are just that much more unusual than others. Growing up with parents who are a cult leader, a drug baron, and a spy may have contributed to who the stars ended up being as adults, but it certainly hasn’t kept them from overall success. Check out this list of eight celebrities with unconventional parents.

8. Rose McGowan’s Cult Leading Father

Rose McGowan may spend most of her time in the U.S. nowadays, but she was actually born in Florence, Italy. Her family wasn’t there to enjoy the art of the masters or food of the gods, instead it was more of a cult-like-thing that had them living abroad. And they weren’t just members — Rose’s father ran the Italian chapter of the Children of God. The group is known for its seriously questionable beliefs which could be why the McGowan family decided to leave and allow Rose the opportunity to pursue her acting goals.

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7. Drew Barrymore’s Abusive Father and Exploitative Mother

Drew Barrymore’s upbringing is no secret. In fact, it was very public. In the spotlight from the time she was a baby, Drew was raised by her fame-chasing mother Jaid Barrymore who seemed more than willing to use her young child as a ticket into events and parties where drugs and alcohol were rampant (and given to the young actress) instead of having Drew home safely in her bed. And her father wasn’t any better. Descended from an iconic Hollywood family, John Drew Barrymore (1932-2004) was absent most of the time and often became violent when he visited Drew and her mother. Luckily she survived her rocky upbringing and now appears to be an awesome doting mom to her own little ones.

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