Jamie Oliver says celebrity kids are “little sh-ts”


Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef and father of four, is taking on celebrity children in a new interview. According to Oliver, celebrity kids are for the most part “little sh-ts” and that “I think few children of famous people succeed.” The newspaper points out that he was mostly directing his comments at people like Peaches Geldof (ha) and Calum Best (who is the son of a famous footballer, I believe). Of course, I want to point out that Jamie Oliver’s kids are not only too young to be included in Jamie’s diatribe, but that Jamie and his wife Jools have given them added headaches by naming them: Poppy Honey Rosie (born 18 March 2002), Daisy Boo Pamela (born 10 April 2003) and Petal Blossom Rainbow (born 3 April 2009); and son Buddy Bear Maurice (born 15 September 2010). I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if my parents named me something like Poppy Petal Bear, I MIGHT have a drug problem.

JAMIE Oliver has branded celebrities’ children “little sh*ts”. The gobby telly chef, 35, claims most of them do not have a clue how to behave.
He admitted his own brood will have to work harder to get around the stigma of having a well-known dad.

And he fumed over celeb sons and daughters such as Calum Best, 29, and Peaches Geldof, 21, who are often accused of doing nothing but leeching off their parents’ fame.

Jamie stormed that “most of them are little sh*ts”, adding: “I think few children of famous people succeed.”

He went on to say he was petrified about how his own kids would deal with his celeb status. Jamie, who is worth £65million, recently became a father for the fourth time after wife Jools, 35, gave birth to son Buddy Bear.

He said: “My kids are always going to be labelled as ‘Jamie’s child’ so they will need to work harder than anyone else. I think my children are very lucky, apart from having me as a dad.”

But he did cite one example of a great celeb kid, Stella McCartney, 39, fashion designer daughter of Beatles legend Sir Paul, 68.

He said: “I think Stella’s an exception. That would be nice if my kids could be independent and creative and happy like that.”

As well as their newborn son, Jamie and Jools have three other daughters, Poppy Honey, eight, Daisy Boo, seven, and 17-month-old Blossom Rainbow.

[From The Daily Star]

Okay, so Stella McCartney is obviously cool in Jamie’s book, but what about the other McCartney kids? Didn’t Paul and Linda have, like, three other kids? I guess they’re all crap. As are all people with famous parents who don’t manage to become famous fashion designers with enough money to eat at one of Jamie’s fancy restaurants. Whatever.

LONDON, MARCH 22 : Celebrity arrivals for the European Premiere of Kick Ass held at the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square on March 22, 2010 in London, England, UK. (Picture by Richard Goldschmidt/EP/What's Up foto) Jamie Oliver

29731, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Tuesday March 31 2009. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on his way to Downing Street as he prepares for two of the biggest events in his life. Oliver will cook for the newly-elected American President Obama and other world leaders at 10 Downing Street Wednesday night as part of the G20 Summit. However, Jamie's wife Jools is booked into a nearby clinic to give birth to the couple's third child. For security reasons , Oliver is not allowed to keep his cell phone on him when he enters Prime Miinster Gordon Brown's official London residence, so he will have to be alerted by British government officials if his wife goes into labour! Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com UK OFFICE: 131 557 7760/7761 US OFFICE:1 310 261 9676

Header: Jamie in May, credit: WENN.

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  1. Eileen says:

    Whoa-Buddy Bear??? Oh my.

  2. Lady Jane says:

    I think most people would agree with this sentiment, about kids born with too much (money, fame) end up being precocious at best (Lourdes, Will Smith’s kids) and downright intolerable at worst (Paris, Peaches, etc). I can’t help but like Jamie Oliver. But his kids will probably turn into the little sh*ts whether he likes it or not.

  3. Sakyiwaa says:

    well…it’s still a pretty judgmental thing to say about Calum and Peaches, Jamie. celeb kids exprerience a lot of pressure breaking out of the mould of who their parents are. it might help if the society didnt expect so much from them

  4. Embee says:

    My work involves managing certain techincal aspects of the lives of the very wealthy, and my experience (9 years worth) conforms with his sentiment. Most of my clients’ children are unhappy and unproductive members of society.

    But, perhaps it’s just more noticeable when they are wealthy…the kids of the middle class are mostly little $hits too…

  5. bizzy says:

    in the case of calum best, you could also argue that the children of alcoholic, spend-thrift, womanizers often turn out a bit wonky.

    ALSO. if jamie’s worried about how his kids turn out, he could have refrained from giving them names that are only fit to appear on tmz. not seeing a future prime minister with any of those names.

  6. mln says:

    Peaches is horrible especially when you consider her dad is an active humanitarian meanwhile she is a drug addled, vacuous “journalist”. I agree with Jamie although I don’t know who the other person he mentioned is.

  7. Kitten says:

    I really enjoyed Food Revolution. I like Jamie but “Buddy Bear”?? Really?

  8. k says:

    Stella’s not exactly a class act. Remember her jewelry line that featured a prosthetic leg or something like that? Regardless of what you think of Paul’s ex, that was a really low road to take.

  9. Eileen says:

    @Embee-I’d categorize myself as middle-class but I live in a very wealthy area, my kids go to the same schools as Ushers, IKON and other famous athletes and celebrities and I totally agree with you. Those kids have been raised with no accountability, responsibility or respect to anyone. How can you be a happy and productive person when there’s no expectations put on you? I have a 5 and 7 yr old and they come home and do chores like emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming and even cleaning the toilets. They get money for it but its not much and its required that they make their bed and pick after themselves without money. If my kids tear something up-they have to pay me money. And if they are disrespectful to adults or friends they are grounded and toys are taken. Those parents aren’t doing their kids any favors not teaching their kids to take care of themselves and be productive members of society! I have stories from famous kids on my sons soccer team that would blow your mind! We all just roll our eyes and grit our teeth while a 4 yr old argues with you that their juice box is bent or the straw is different than someone else’s. Its a joke!

  10. Kristin says:

    Are they kids or dogs?

  11. Melanie says:

    @ Kristin-lol

  12. Tess says:

    The trend of bringing celebs’ kids into the family act—and also branding them…think the “princess” (Suri), the “cute tomboy” (Shiloh) and so on —may increase the buzz for the celebrity-parent and create a sort of traveling circus act mentality that the paps eat up…but I think not much good will come of it for the kids.

  13. Stephie says:

    Love Jamie, all the way back to The Naked Chef days (miss those) and I love that he did the Food Revolution (more please). He’s great with food. Apparently great w/relationships (he and his wife have been together a while, congrats on that!) He and Jools though are terrible at names. His poor kids. They wont BE poor, but those names. Have the giggles right now. Silly silly names. Do they hand out doobies in the birthing room these days?

  14. devilgirl says:

    Wonder how his kids will be?

  15. Marjalane says:

    Back when I worked for a major food manufacturer and they would participate in big charity, breakfast events, alot of celebs would bring their kids and they were HIDEOUS! The worst one I remember was Teri Hatchers daughter- she was probably 4 or 5, and just nasty! Teri was oblivious as precious kept stomping on juice bags and watching them explode! (alot of expensive shoes were covered in mountain cooler that morning!) I think most celebs are so ego-centered that it stands to reason their kids will be too.

  16. OXA says:

    I agree with Jamie Oliver, Eileen & Marjalane. I worked with wealthy offspring & have seen the behaviours of cele-bratty parents and their kids that would make “The Namny Diaries” look like a fairy tale. It is not the kids fault it is the negelect and lack of involvemement of parents who are more concerned with status and ego to actually parent them.

  17. Courtney says:

    not all celebrity kids a snobby little brats. Jamie should do his research before he opens his big mouth and sticks his foot in it. Tessa Dahl for example isn’t a snotty little brat just because her dad was a litterary giant and her mother was an academy award winning actress right her father was Roald Dahl {Charlie & The Chocolate Factory The BFG The Twits amongst others}. and her mother was Patricia Neal who won the 1963 best actress oscar for Hud opposite Paul Newman.

  18. Just a Poster says:

    Ooh spill on the bratty offspring please!

    And I agree with Jamie, but there are a few celb kiddos that might actually have a fighting chance.

  19. H says:

    He didn’t say ALL he said MOST.

  20. California Surfer says:

    This is excellent – a juicy title and juicy comments – and I , like just a poster, want some more stories on the bratty offspring 🙂

  21. Eileen says:

    I was “friends” with a Playboy Playmate and her famous (underground band) drummer husband who lived right around the corner and she used to bring her son over to my house and he would take his clothes off and run around my house and pee on my floor. She thought it was hilarious! He screamed for everything he wanted and I’m pretty sure that to this day doesn’t talk.
    I ended the friendship when I found out she was cheating on her husband with her trainer, got pregnant and stole tons of money from him. Plus she treated her step daughter horribly. Me and a friend of mine went over there to take her to her grandmas and there was dog crap folded up in her clothing and she was sleeping on a mattress in the middle of the floor. Not a good situation. But her son could do no wrong!

  22. Just a Poster says:

    Oh Eileen how sad!!

    Can you make it up to us with another story? 😉 LOL

  23. lrm says:

    honestly, these behaviors are the proverbial ‘cry for help’-kids want parents or adults to tow the line. it’s their job to push the envelope, and they want someone to set some boundaries. they get attention [negative, yes], but being wild nightmares at these functions. so lame and sad-it’s all they know.
    and their parents are often the equivalent of high school aged, emotionally. have you noticed this about celebrity-whether sport or hollywood-? emotionally immaturity is bred in these environments-of course they are too busy being popular to parent their children.

    but, can we just talk about etiquette in general, anymore?
    sure, all kids [who ARE people, after all, not perfect robots], have their days and moments….and do emote sometimes…but overall, many adults are not polite themselves these days…and certainly are not teaching their children manners and responsibility. weather wealthy, middle class or poor.

  24. jc126 says:

    I have no problem with what he said.

  25. OXA says:

    OK it was a summer job I had about 20 years ago working for another family and a mind boggling educations for me. This celeb/industry couple 2 kids,with 8 yes eight full time nannies, plus weekend & extra travel nannies,(each kid had its own nanny 24/7.)So cut to summer afteroon I am @ the house (more like hotel/resort) with the my charge for a playdate with their buddy. The older kid 8 or 9 yrs old is upstairs in the kids wing throwing a hissy fit, screaming & calling his nanny names that would make Mel Gibson blush. I am outside when a computer comes flying out of this kids window, crashing inches from my head on the imported patio tile. Staff come running from all corners & after a while the mom appears an yells up at the window “Oh honey why did u do that to yr new computer? I don’t want u to feel bad honey, but now I have to get u a new one” No punishement or reprimand, it could have landed on someones head. The younger kid’s nanny told me later that they got paid really well because it was like getting combat pay and working in a war zone. Parents spent no time with the kids who were raised by a revolving door of nannies and staff.

  26. Marjalane says:

    Another kid that I saw a few different times was Heather Lockler’s daughter, and she comes to mind not because she was obnoxious, but because her mother always looked high- really high. Pretty, but high. Queen Latifa was at one with a whole bunch of kids; Not sure whose kids, but she was very nice.

    I guess the biggest thing I took from those events was how rude and greedy the people were. I mean, we had signs up the said that everything left over from these events would be donated to a local shelter, and yet the wastefulness of the guests was pitiful- tons of stuff opened and then tossed away, AND the fact that most of the guests helped themselves to tons of product to take home! Ria Pearlman took home free cereal!

  27. Jo says:

    He’d know, night terror-inducing naming skills, or not.

  28. Eileen says:

    OXA-any word on how that kid turned out? I’d love to find out!

  29. wunderkindt says:

    Were they on drugs when they named the kids???

    These are more like jokes than names.

  30. TeeTee says:

    oh, I thought he was talking about my arch enemy SURI CRUISE and her stilettos…LOL

  31. Jenna says:

    annnnd giving your kids retarded hippy names won’t harm them even more?

    Buddy Bear?!?! Those are the stupidest, most classess names I’ve ever heard for children. I feel sorry for them

  32. hairball says:

    “it might help if the society didnt expect so much from them”

    So we’re making excuses for these wastes of space now?? Yet again not holding them accountable for their own actions. It might help if someone HAD expectations on them in the first place.

    My mother-in-law was/is completely drained emotionally and financially, manipulated and guilted by my brother-in-law. If I saw it in a movie, I wouldn’t believe it, it is so dysfunctional.

    Excuse after excuse was made for ‘poor ****’ his whole life. He is now 43 years old and lives with his parents, no job. Gets up at 3:00 in the afternoon. Has never held a job more then 5 months and has not worked in the last FOUR years. Did whatever he wanted because ‘mommy’ always cleaned up his messes.

    Makes me want to VOMIT these waste of space celebrity kids. Will Smith’s kids in particular.

  33. Penguen says:

    I love hearing all these stories about celebrities and their kids!

    I remember I once babysat for a very wealthy (not famous, sorry) family. The daughter must have been about six years old.

    I was watching her at the country club pool, and we went in for a bathroom break. The kid yelled from the stall, “ok, I’m ready for you to come wipe my bum!” I staunchly refused, and she had to do it herself. I coached her from outside the door.

    Six years old and she literally. Could. Not. Wipe. Her. Own. Ass.

    This was 12 years ago. I’m still flummoxed.

  34. hairball says:

    Penguen, I believe it. If my brother-in-law had not ever wanted to wipe his own ass, you can guarantee mommy would still be making excuses today for why he couldn’t and everything would stop for her to go wipe his ass.

  35. Kitten says:

    Wow, I am so glad I revisited this post! Some good gossip going on over here 🙂
    Love the mental picture of a super-high Locklear strolling in with her little tot.

  36. Embee says:

    My work experience is not with famous people, but with the wealthy. I would estimate that approximately 1 in 100 offspring are successful, and 20% aren’t complete idiots.

    My own background is middle class but my parents prioritized education, and so I went to an elite boarding school with lots of rich kids, but plenty of middle class/smart kids. I would say that 30-45% of the graduates are NOT completely f-ed up and about 4% are successful.

    Most of them are not calamitous but just go on being quietly supported by Mommy and Daddy (or in the case of some, Hubby)…

  37. velcrodots says:

    Hello, my middle name is Rainbow. What does this mean? It’s so intense!

    (1+ internets if you get it)

  38. Mistral says:

    I think he has a point. I hope his kids grow up healthy and happy and hard-working.

  39. Courtney says:

    the way he said it pissed me off that’s all. his oldest twos middle names are actually his and his wifes sweet names for eachother so it’s kind of cute. saying they should’ve named their kids differently is like saying a girl shouldn’t have a boys name anywhere in her name. As for example Melissa Newman’s middle name is Stewart after a family friend screenwritter Stewart Stern and she eventually passed it to her oldest son Peter when he was born in May 1996

  40. truthzbetta says:



    That says it all about why the overpampered are so useless and think the rest of us exist to do their will.

  41. Lita says:

    @Eileen – off topic, but did you ever meet that Tameka (sp?) chick? Usher’s wife? When she was in the media she was just so gross seeming in her manner – yeesh. Do you know if she was really that awful? Random question I know :o)

  42. LindaR says:

    I just want to point out even though I can’t stand her and there is a time when the parents can no longer be blamed, but Paris Hilton was raised like that, with Nannies, absent and indifferent parents, the whole nine yards. Of this, you can be sure, no matter how much her mother pretends she cares. And we all know how PH turned out. I am waiting for the book she will write about what her childhood was really like, once she is older and the attention is off her and she wants to get it back.

  43. Obvious says:

    Ummm Courtney, that’s not what anyone is saying. We are saying that these kids will be picked on for odd names (boys names for girls are quite common these days, and visa versa) but not even having a middle name that’s usable isn’t good. if these kids don’t change their name when they hit 18, do you think anyone in the real world will take them seriously?

    if a resume was given to me with ANY of those names, they’d be in the garbage so fast because i’d think they were a joke.

    I swear, someone needs to be in the room with the parents when naming a child and just say no (i’m looking at you Goop-i mean Apple??? really?!?)

  44. Eileen says:

    @Lita Oh yes-she is a piece of work. No one around here likes her. She lives across the street to a friend of mine and they share the same cleaning lady and my friend got all kinds of dirt on her from her cleaning lady!

  45. Liana says:

    When I was ten, I moved to LA to live with my dad, who is in the entertainment industry. My dad always raised us to be polite, respectful, and to behave with class and dignity. Too bad so few Hollywood kids are. Some of the kids I grew up with were evil little snotrags. When they’re young, you can look to the parents for leaving them with nannies and giving them whatever they want in lieu of real parental attention, but when they got to be adults, no. As an adult, you make your own choices and if you still choose to be a spoiled little shit (Paris and Nicky Hilton spring to mind), then it’s all on you.

  46. He does have a point. Aside from Paris, Lawrence Fishburne’s daughter immediately comes to mind.

  47. OXA says:

    Poor Cameron Douglas is the perfect example, look at what became of him.

  48. Lita says:

    Ooooh Eileen brilliant confirmation, cheers. She really did seem a trashy, abrasive and nasty type. I wish you would elaborate on the dirt – in lieu I shall make it my in my head though, hehe. The cleaning lady grapevine rocks – cleaning lady grapevine was how we first heard that the financial controller at my work purchased a wife from Ukraine (he’s only 30, average looking and financially secure, so go figure).

  49. Mika says:

    I don’t really think this needs to be analysed too much. I have been a Jamie Oliver fan for a long time, his work taught me how to cook, no question, even when I didn’t really care to learn and he made my life better for it. One thing I’ve learned about Jamie, however, is that he just kind of talks. He doesn’t really think about what he’s saying, shit just comes out. He’s a cook, not a sociologist. I think he gave his kids absolutely horrible names (and lets remember to blame is wife as well for that one) but how many celebrities can you think of that are actively making the world a better place? Not just by throwing money around, but working hard and teaching people to live better. He can say whatever crap he likes and name his kids whatever he wants, he’s still one of the good ones.

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