The Greatest Momagers and Dadagers in the Business

How the parents of stars like Britney Spears, Usher, The Beach Boys and more micromanaged their kids' careers
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Jessica and Ashlee Simpson and Joe Simpson

For a former psychologist and minister, Joe Simpson appears to be surprisingly clumsy when it comes to maintaining a healthy family dynamic. As manager to daughters Jessica and Ashlee, Joe has gained a reputation for being both overbearing and bungling. (Recent missteps include insulting a group of combat veterans scheduled to perform with Jessica on a PBS Christmas special and killing her chances of an American Idol judgeship), and has been known to meddle in his daughter’s romantic relationships (in the wake of his 2006 divorce from Jessica, Nick Lachey told Rolling Stone, “I don’t pretend to understand Joe. And I can’t speculate about what he did or why he did it or for what purpose.”) And, of course, who can forget his infamous observations about his “sexy” eldest daughter’s “double Ds”?

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