Mum’s the word when dif­fer­ences set in

Central and North Burnett Times - - WEEKEND - — James MacSmith and Shan­non Mol­loy, News Corp Aus­tralia Net­work

WHEN in trou­ble, blame mum. Re­sources Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van has just joined a se­lect list of peo­ple who have got into dif­fi­cul­ties be­cause of their moth­ers.

Here are some other fa­mous cases of high-fliers who landed in trou­ble, al­legedly be­cause of ma­ter­nal med­dling.

★ SIR EL­TON JOHN AND SHEILA FAIRBROTHER: Sir El­ton fell out with his 92-year-old mother in 2008 after a dis­agree­ment over her friend­ships with his for­mer staff mem­bers.

The 70-year-old El­ton then failed to show up to his step­fa­ther’s fu­neral in 2010.

Sheila fur­thered the feud by hir­ing an El­ton John trib­ute act for her 90th birth­day party.

But the pair have since rec­on­ciled after El­ton spent time in in­ten­sive care with a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion in April after falling “vi­o­lently ill” on a flight to the UK from Chile.

★ TORI AND CANDY SPELL­ING: Famed tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Aaron Spell­ing adored his daugh­ter Tori and the two re­mained in­sep­a­ra­ble un­til his death in 2006.

How­ever Tori and her mum Candy have al­ways had a testy re­la­tion­ship. Fol­low­ing the Spell­ing pa­tri­arch’s pass­ing, they barely spoke and a bit­ter, public feud waged for sev­eral years.

A bat­tle over the Spell­ing for­tune en­sued and it was widely re­ported that Tori was strug­gling fi­nan­cially while Candy lived it up in a 102-room man­sion.

★ MATT CANA­VAN: The 36-year-old MP Matt Cana­van stepped down from his role as Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment Re­sources Min­is­ter this week after dis­cov­er­ing his mum had signed him up for Ital­ian cit­i­zen­ship.

“In 2006, my mother lodged doc­u­ments with the Ital­ian con­sulate in Bris­bane to be­come an Ital­ian cit­i­zen. In do­ing so, it would ap­pear that she made an ap­pli­ca­tion for me to be­come an Ital­ian cit­i­zen as well. I was 25 years old at the time,’’ he said.

“While I knew that my mother had be­come an Ital­ian cit­i­zen I had no knowl­edge that I my­self had be­come an Ital­ian cit­i­zen.”

PHOTO: MICHAEL TWEED/AP

◗ Aaron Spell­ing holds a Soap Opera Di­gest Award in 1997 as his fam­ily joins him, from left, Randy, Candy and daugh­ter Tori.

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