Drew Barrymore, Macaulay Culkin among child stars emancipated from their parents

Drew Barrymore and Macaulay Culkin are among the child stars who chose to strike out on their own as teenagers.

Barrymore was just 14 when she claimed her mother “lost credibility” as her caregiver. Meanwhile, Culkin has called his split from his parents at the age of 14 “one of the best things” that ever happened to him. 

Drew Barrymore

Barrymore won emancipation from her parents at the age of 14, a move the actress has said she made in order to bypass some child labor laws. “That’s a big consideration when people are casting you,” she told People magazine in 1991.

At the time, Barrymore was living with her mother, Jaid Barrymore, and was estranged from her father, John Barrymore.

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