‘It’s an ongoing issue’: Top psychologist reveals a surge in celebrity offspring seeking mental health advice due bullying and the pressures of fame
A leading adolescent psychologist has issued a warning about how the celebrity status of a parent can negatively impact their children.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg said there has been a surge in the number of celebrity parents seeking mental health advice for their children- many of whom struggle to cope with living in the spotlight.
According to Dr Carr-Gregg, celebrity children being bullied in the schoolyard, online or in the media is an ‘ongoing issue’.
‘It’s an ongoing issue’: Leading adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (pictured) says there said there has been a surge in the number of celebrity parents seeking mental health advice for their children
Indeed, a number of celebrities have spoken about the toll fame has taken upon their children- the latest being former Big Brother winner Reggie Sorensen.
Speaking to Woman’s Day on Monday, the former reality star revealed her 12-year-old daughter Mia recently became the target of schoolyard bullying due to her family’s well-publicised financial struggles.
‘She loves school but started to say she didn’t want to go’, Reggie said of Mia, who started high school this year.
Bullied: Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald in January, glamorous PR mogul Roxy Jacenko (left) revealed that her daughter Pixie, seven, (right) endured a ‘challenging’ time at school when her father was serving time for insider trading
‘The bully had said to Mia she’s ‘poor and has to shop at the dollar shop’ and tells her she’s stupid and can’t have an iPhone 7 and MacBook like her-it’s just horrible’.
Similarly, PR maven Roxy Jacenko spoke of her own daughter Pixie’s hardships after the seven-year-old was bullied over her father Oliver Curtis’ jailing in 2016.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald in January, the glamorous socialite revealed that Pixie endured a ‘challenging’ time at school when her father was serving time for insider trading.
The 38-year-old said: ‘Parents were clearly speaking about our situation and doing so in front of their children, Pixie’s fellow students, which made her time in school very challenging for her.’
Another celebrity parent whose child has been subjected to bullying is Shane Warne’s ex-wife Simone Callahan, who in 2017 publicly urged the media not to label her daughter Brooke a ‘wild child’ who needs to stop partying.
‘It’s upsetting and frustrating because there’s no truth in it and I just really don’t know why they’re attacking Brooke like they are,’ Simone told KIIS FM’s Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek.
‘They’re not in the spotlight, they don’t choose to be, they don’t like and it’s very unfair what they’re saying about Brooke and it couldn’t be further from the truth.’