When it comes to poaching publicity from your offspring, we thought Lynn Spears was hard to beat. But since the credit crunch we’ve noticed a new tribe of fame-hungry fathers, reaping the benefits of their child’s fame and fortune. Take Michael Lohan, for example. This week he ‘released’ (ie, sold) a three-minute tape recording of a distraught phone call between himself and daughter Lindsay. ‘No one cares about me,’ sobbed Lindsay. 'It’s about how they feel, not how I feel. It’s not about me. It’s never been, unless I fight for it.’
Lindsay, who’s seeking a restraining order against her father, posted a response on Twitter (who needs a lawyer when you have the twitterverse as mediator?). ‘My father is a lunatic & doesn't even deserve such a title since he's never been around in my life other than when he'd threaten me & my family.’ A later tweet read, ‘It's so sad to get a phone call from my baby sister just now asking, "why is daddy doing this?" Through tears. He's crossed the lines & hurt me & my family 4 the last time.’
Of course, Dina Lohan is also infamously driven (she secured Lindsay her first Hollywood role at 11 and her sister Ali a modelling contract aged two), but the difference between pushy parents is that while these mothers want to get their children to the top, the fathers are all me, me, me.
Look at Mitch Winehouse’s quest for stardom. The first episode of his ‘chat-show’ aired this week (special guest The Hoff, whom he interviewed from the back of his minicab) and today he revealed he’s recording an album – featuring six covers of Sinatra. According to Mitch, the Back To Black singer inherited her vocal talents from him. ‘We were always singing in our house,’ he said. Well, Amy’s god-daughter Dionne Bromfield has proved to be quite the star… but we have our doubts about black cabbie Mitch. Still, watch this space – he may have the x-factor. Can’t be any worse then Jedward anyway!
- Amy Molloy