Five years ago, he believed his family’s Christian faith would protect them from the temptations of celebrity. Well, it didn’t turn out that way. And so in 2011, he told GQ magazine that he deeply regrets the decision to let his daughter became a child celebrity. He says that the decision “destroyed [his] family,” and if he could, he’d “take it back in a second.” Well sadly, he can’t. But his honesty can serve as a warning to other Christian parents whose children dream of being celebrities. You may think you’re the exception and that somehow being a celebrity will “glorify” God. Don’t fool yourself. It could hardly be otherwise. What Jesus said about the dangers of wealth is just as true about celebrity in our postmodern age, and for most of the same reasons: It distorts our sense of self, both in relationship to others and to God. And that’s before we take into account the hyper-sexualized nature of most of pop culture. So the best advice I can give Christian parents is, to paraphrase Willie Nelson, “mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be pop stars.” Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t encourage their interest in creative endeavors such as music, theater, and the visual arts. Quite the contrary. As Eric Metaxas and I have said many times on BreakPoint, we need more Christians in all these fields, pointing people to Truth and beauty through their work. But there’s a world of difference between being a celebrity and being an artist.
“As he described it later, she walked into his apartment and into his life,” Solomon says. “They were married, and they celebrated their 40th anniversary this year.” Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis (March 4, 1952): Which future American president walked down the aisle with a pregnant bride? “Nancy was three months pregnant when she and Ronnie walked down the aisle,” says Solomon. The MGM movie studio didn’t mention that detail in the staid 1950s, Reagan’s previous divorce was scandal enough. “There’s no way to hide it. (Less than eight) months after they were married, she gave birth and the baby definitely wasn’t premature,” he says. Sarah Roth and Daniel Iles (April 22, 1912): In the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, newspaper headlines offered a rare reprieve from sorrow and suffering: While still recuperating in the hospital, survivor Sarah Roth had married her childhood sweetheart, an immigrant who worked as a department store clerk. The bride wore a donated blue silk gown and guests included many other survivors, some still in wheelchairs. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills (June 11, 2002): When the engagement ring went flying out the window of a posh Miami resort, only a month before their multimillion-dollar Irish wedding, the couple claimed that they’d been engaged in an innocent game of ring toss. The ring was recovered days later; the marriage lasted six years. Brigitte Bardot and Gunther Sachs (July 14, 1966): When the German industrialist was wooing the French actress, he had a helicopter shower her Saint-Tropez estate with hundreds of red roses. Julia McWilliams and Paul Child (Sept.