How These Kids Of Celebs Realized Their Parents Were Famous
Marc Gordon - July 16, 2021


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Sometimes certain celebs are so familiar to us that they almost feel like family. Having grown up seeing their faces every day on magazine covers and TV screens, it feels like we know pretty much everything about them. But apparently, the kids of A-Listers themselves often know much less than we do about their parents’ glamorous lives. In fact, a lot of them didn’t even realize their moms and dads were famous at all! Here are just a couple of ways these children found out their parents were stars.


Georgia-May Jagger (Daughter of Mick Jagger)


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REALIZED:  Only realized when her dad took her on tour


For the youngest daughter of Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, and model Jerry Hall, Georgia-May Jagger was raised in a shockingly normal atmosphere. Her childhood was so normal that she didn’t even know who her father was – until he asked her to go on tour with him. It was only at that point that she began to comprehend the level of her dad’s fame. Of her mom, Jagger says, “I still think of my mum as being kind of a dork – a cooler one, but still a dork.”



Blake Lively (Daughter Of Ernie Lively)


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REALIZED: Her real-life dad played her on-screen dad in a movie


Many of us have gone to the office with our dads at some point in our childhoods. But unlike Blake Lively, it wasn’t to a Hollywood film set. Blake has a great relationship with her dad, actor Ernie Lively, and definitely inherited her serious acting chops from him. But as magical a childhood as that might sound, perhaps the most surreal moment for her was when her real dad played her on-screen dad in a movie.


Lily-Rose Depp (Daughter Of Johnny Depp)


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REALIZED: People pretended to be her on Instagram


The daughter of actor Johnny Depp and French model Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose was no stranger to the bright lights of Hollywood. But as her parents kept her totally hidden from the media, she didn’t realize the extent to which they were famous. The realization hit her when people started stealing her photos and creating fake accounts on Instagram, pretending to be her. Today, the 20-year-old model is still very private, choosing to stay home and watching cooking shows rather than going to the clubs.



Alexa Ray Joel (Daughter Of Christie Brinkley & Billy Joel)


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REALIZED: She just thought her parents were popular


As the only child of musician Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, Alexa Ray Joel lived a glamorous childhood and was used to publicity. But in fact, she never realized that her parents were actual celebrities. People would shout her parents’ names when they were on family outings, but as the now 34-year-old singer says, “I just thought they were popular.” Further, she reveals, “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.”


Jennifer Aniston (Daughter Of John Aniston)


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REALIZED: One day she saw her father on TV


Despite growing up as the daughter of actor John Aniston, Jennifer didn’t get to watch a lot of TV or movies. She went to a Waldorf school, which didn’t allow their students to watch television, a rule which her parents strictly enforced. The only time she was able to get away with it was when she was at home sick. One day, she decided to sneak it anyways and she saw her dad on screen in the sitcom ‘That Girl’.



Gigi Hadid (Daughter Of Yolanda Hadid)


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REALIZED: She was a baby gap model by the age of 2


Gigi Hadid has a lot going for her. She has a crazy successful modeling career, an amazing family, and her best friend is Kendall Jenner. It would be totally understandable if she was out of touch with the average joe. But in fact, Gigi has always stayed grounded due to her mom’s great parenting skills and realizes that she is incredibly blessed. Says Hadid, “I think the biggest thing that my mom did for my career was make me wait until I was 17 to sign to an agency.”


Angelina Jolie (Daughter Of Jon Voight)


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REALIZED: “I didn’t ­really have a father around.”


The stunning actress Angelina Jolie looks nothing like her famous dad Jon Voight, and that’s not the only difference they have. The two actors have quite a difficult relationship, and apparently, a lot of that stems from Voight’s absence in his daughter’s childhood. Jolie has called herself “her mother’s daughter,” adding, “I try to raise my children the way that my mother raised me. I didn’t ­really have a father around.”



Paris & Nicky Hilton (Daughters Of Rick Hilton)


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REALIZED: There were antiques and forbidden zones in the house


One might think that growing up as heiresses of a hotel empire would mean instant access to anything your heart desires. But apparently, this was not the case for the Hilton girls. Growing up,  Paris and Nicky had forbidden zones in their own home.  “I grew up in a house full of antiques and fancy fabrics and certain rooms you weren’t allowed to go in,” Nicki told Architectural Digest. And as a child, I always told myself that I will never have that when I’m grown up; I would have a house where no room is off-limits.”


Kendall & Kylie Jenner (Daughters Of Kris and Bruce Jenner)


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REALIZED: There were always men with cameras around the house


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Kardashian-Jenner clan. But unlike the three older Kardashian sisters, who became world-famous during their teenage years, model Kendall Jenner and makeup creator Kylie Jenner were basically born into it. And in their case, that meant a house full of camera people who filmed pretty much every second of their not-so-private lives. Of her older sisters, Kendall has said, “They got to live their teen years in a very different way than we did.”



Brandon & Dylan Lee Anderson (Sons of Pamela Anderson)


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REALIZED: Kids at summer camp were talking about their mom


While most teenage American boys grew up with posters of Pamela Anderson in their bedrooms, her two sons, Brandon and Dylan didn’t even realize that the blonde bombshell was right in their midst. They knew their mom’s name but didn’t understand that she was THE Pamela Anderson until they found out from the other boys at camp. As Anderson recalls, “They were like… ‘Are you Pamela Anderson for real? Like, what is going on?” Prior to the revelation, they just thought their mother rescued animals.


Miley Cyrus (Daughter Of Billy Ray Cyrus)


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REALIZED: It was weird having her real-life dad as her television dad


Miley Cyrus is as well known for her Disney channel stint as Hannah Montana as she is for her controversial twerking moves. But before all of that, she was just the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.  “We have always had money and we have always had fame,” Miley has said. “I’ve always had people trying to be my friend for the wrong reasons. I’m used to it. I can smell bullshit a mile away.”  As much as she’s used to her dad’s stardom, she admits it was quite weird having him play her on-screen dad on ‘Hannah Montana‘.



Moses Paltrow (Son Of Gwyneth Paltrow)


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REALIZED: He found out his mom knows Justin Bieber


Gwyneth Paltrow is known for a lot of things. The award-winning actress is also the founder of a luxury line of wellness products called Goop, and the mother of two children with some very unique names – Apple and Moses. But to her son Moses, Paltrow was just his regular old mommy. That is until he discovered that famous people know who she is. According to Paltrow, they were going to see Justin Bieber and “my son put together that Justin Bieber or someone else might know who I am — like someone that he thinks is great, that might know who I am from Iron Man.”