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AN­GELINA JOLIE has had a rocky re­la­tion­ship with her father Jon Voight, who left when she was just two. In 2002, af­ter he said she had ‘se­ri­ous men­tal prob­lems’, she cut all con­tact with him, ex­plain­ing that, as a new mother, it wasn’t healthy to as­so­ciate with him. ‘My father and I don’t speak,’ she said, adding that be­ing a fam­ily isn’t about be­ing re­lated by blood: ‘Fam­i­lies are earned.’ They rec­on­ciled in 2010. Ac­tress BRIE LAR­SON has not spo­ken to her father Syl­vain De­saulniers for over ten years. ‘When legally I didn’t have to visit him any more, I jumped on it. As a kid I tried to un­der­stand him. But he didn’t do him­self any favours. I don’t think he ever re­ally wanted to be a par­ent.’ KATE HUDSON, who is es­tranged from her father Bill Hudson, says: ‘He was around when we were young, but it sort of pe­tered out.’ When asked what ef­fect this had on her she said: ‘Any­body who has had an ex­pe­ri­ence with a par­ent who is ab­sent, it’s go­ing to man­i­fest,’ cit­ing is­sues with ‘self-worth’ as a part of that. CHRISTINA AGUIL­ERA’s par­ents split when she was seven and she has a ‘nonex­is­tent’ re­la­tion­ship with her father Fausto. ‘I grew up in a house­hold where do­mes­tic vi­o­lence oc­curred and the greatest gift for me, as a child, was the day my par­ents got di­vorced,’ she said. Her father has de­nied abus­ing any of his chil­dren. Singer KELLY ROW­LAND has not spo­ken to her father Christo­pher Lovett since her par­ents di­vorced in 1988. ‘I do have a de­sire to speak to him. But I have to be ready when I make that de­ci­sion.’ In 2013 her father said: ‘I’m get­ting old. I just pray she comes back into my life before it’s too late.’

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