Being the child of a rock star isn’t always plain sailing. After all, while you may possess both popularity and wealth, you can also experience a whole lot of media intrusion. And, accordingly, many of these 40 people grew up in the spotlight – whether they wanted to or not. Now, however, these kids of well-known musicians are forging their own paths in life, with some even having decided to follow in their parents’ footsteps.
40. Zak Starkey
The Beatles’ Ringo Starr didn’t want his son, Zak, to become a drummer like him. Fate had other plans, though, as Zak was gifted his first kit by The Who’s Keith Moon. Then the youngster joined a garage band. And the rest is history; now, he tours with The Who.
39. Pixie Geldof
Pixie is one of the daughters of Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof, and throughout her career she’s seen success in both modeling and music. However, Pixie’s life hasn’t been immune from tragedy. In 2000 her mother Paula Yates died of a drug overdose, while her sister Peaches sadly suffered the same fate 14 years later.
38. Kimberley Stewart
Some may be unaware that the daughter of Rod Stewart is now a parent herself. In 2011 she and actor Benicio del Toro welcomed daughter Delilah Genoveva Stewart – the first grandchild of Rod. And as well as being busy raising her child, Kimberly has had stints on reality TV; she even stripped off during an episode of her show Stewarts and Hamiltons.
37. Otis Ferry
Otis Ferry may be the son of Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, but he hit the headlines for a very different reason in 2004. That year, the activist for fox hunting disrupted a British Parliament debate on the matter. In 2014, meanwhile, he was found guilty of assaulting two anti-hunt protesters and subsequently fined over the incident.
36. Nona Gaye
It’s fair to say that Marvin Gaye’s daughter, Nona, has had rather a fascinating life. For starters, she once recorded several songs with her former boyfriend Prince. Nona has been the face of Armani, too, as well as having played Zee in two Matrix films and fortunately overcoming a drug addiction.
35. Jesse Blaze Snider
Thanks in part to his time as a host on Haunted Live and his career as a musician, Jesse Blaze – son of Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider – is somewhat of a Renaissance man. But perhaps most interesting of all is his comic-book work, which runs the gamut from violent horror series Dead Romeo to a considerably tamer Toy Story spin-off.
34. Moon Unit Zappa
Frank Zappa gave his kids some very odd names: Dweezil, Ahmet, Diva and Moon Unit. “I knew that they were going to be unique anyway because of certain other attributes, so why not have a name that goes with it?” the legendary musician told Circus Raves in 1975. Moon Unit herself is now simply known as Moon, and she works as both an actress and an author.
33. Wolfgang Van Halen
Although Wolfgang Van Halen is the son of famous guitarist Eddie, he didn’t know for years that his father was a famous rock star. Indeed, as Wolfgang told Guitar World in 2012, he singularly failed to realize Eddie’s accomplishments “until [he] started picking up CDs and saw [his dad’s] picture on them.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, though, as now Wolfgang plays bass for Van Halen.
32. Zoë Kravitz
Zoë is the daughter of Grammy-winning singer Lenny Kravitz and his actress wife, Lisa Bonet. And given this background, the world was arguably at her feet when she was born. Zoë’s certainly followed in her dad’s musical footsteps, too, through the band Lolawolf – although she’s perhaps best known now for acting.
31. Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain is the child of not just one rocker but two: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. And she was the subject of media attention while still a baby as child welfare services investigated her parents’ drug use – leading to the infant Frances being briefly removed from the care of the Nirvana and Hole stars. However, her difficult past is behind her, and she’s now a model.
30. Theodora Richards
Given that Theodora is the daughter of Rolling Stones legend Keith, it’s perhaps not surprising that she seems to have had a wild streak. It’s even said that in 2011 she vandalized a convent while carrying illegal drugs. Now, however, Theodora seems to have found her way as a model and as host of her own show on SiriusXM. She’s even interviewed her famous father on air.
29. Diggy Simmons
Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, or Diggy, is the son of Joseph Simmons, a.k.a. Run-DMC’s Reverend Run. And he’s tried his hand at both music and acting, seeing success in the latter pursuit through his role as Doug on Freeform’s Grown-ish. Unfortunately, though, Diggy also experienced loss as a child when his younger sister Victoria died in infancy of the birth defect omphalocele.
28. Alexa Ray Joel
In 1993 Billy Joel released “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel),” a song he had penned for his daughter Alexa. Now, Alexa is grown up and writing songs herself – although not without a little advice from her father. “He always says to treat your songs like they’re your babies and to not let anyone mess with them,” she told American Songwriter in 2007. “I think that’s a huge part of why he’s the legend that he is.”
27. Georgia May Jagger
Mick Jagger has a lot of children – eight, in fact, with five different women. Perhaps among the most famous of his brood, though, is Georgia May, who seemingly inherited her good looks from both her father and her mother, Jerry Hall. She’s followed in her mom’s footsteps, too, to become a successful model.
26. Eve Hewson
Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson, a.k.a. Eve Hewson, is the child of U2’s Bono and Ali Hewson. And while her parents weren’t keen on the idea of their daughter also becoming a celebrity, she has nevertheless risen to fame as an actress. Eve has appeared in The Knick, Bridge of Spies and a 2018 version of Robin Hood, among other productions.
25. Jessica Rae Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica Rae, opted not to pursue a music career; instead, she became a showjumper. And of her choice, she told Women’s Health in 2018, “My dad always reminded me that it’s so rare in life to find something you’re so passionate about, that brings you so much joy. And when you find that, you have to really respect it and pursue it.”
24. Dan Padavona
As Ronnie James Dio’s brand of heavy metal was often dark in tone, it’s somewhat fitting that his son, Dan Padavona, grew up to become a horror author. And after his father died of cancer in 2010, Dan had some words to share with fans at Dio’s memorial service. There, he told the crowd to not ignore any warning signs of the disease and thus let it grow into “a monster.”
23. Leah Weller
The daughter of British rock star Paul Weller has now made her own name for herself in the modeling world. Leah Weller, whose mother is The Style Council’s Dee C. Lee, has worked for the likes of U.K. chain Next and label PPQ. And, interestingly, she’s married to a fellow model in Tomo Kurata.
22. Lily Collins
Lily Collins – the daughter of Phil – may one day be as famous as her father. After all, she’s managed to establish herself as a promising young actress to watch through her performances as Snow White in Mirror Mirror and Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. In 2019 she also shone in the role of Fantine in a BBC production of Les Misérables.
21. Jakob Dylan
Legendary singer and songwriter Bob Dylan’s son Jakob decided to take his dad’s lead by becoming a musician. The lead singer of the Wallflowers wrote one of the band’s most famous hits in “One Headlight,” and his father has told the media how proud he is of his offspring, too.
20. Sophie Simmons
Sophie Simmons has been in the spotlight from a very young age. She was just 11, in fact, when she made her debut on reality TV show Gene Simmons Family Jewels alongside her mom, actress Shannon Tweed, and her Kiss bassist father. Sophie has since grown up, however, and now she’s a model who also speaks out about body positivity.
19. Dhani Harrison
Dhani Harrison was seemingly always destined to become a musician. You see, not only was he born to Beatles legend George Harrison, but he was also named after two of the notes on the Indian music scale. And Dhani certainly bears a distinct resemblance to George physically. So much so, in fact, that while Dhani was performing at a tribute concert to his dad, Paul McCartney quipped, “It looks like George stayed young and we all got old.”
18. Rosanne Cash
As the daughter of Johnny Cash, Rosanne had some very big shoes to fill when she decided to become a musician. Nevertheless, she succeeded, and in 2015 she was duly welcomed into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. What’s more, during her speech she commented on how she and Johnny are the first father and daughter to have each received such a prestigious honor.
17. Tracee Ellis Ross
Even fans of the hit show Black-ish may not know that Tracee Ellis, who plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson in the series, is the daughter of Motown star Diana Ross. Tracee took her mother’s last name before embarking on her acting career and has since won three NAACP Image Awards and a Golden Globe.
16. Anaïs Gallagher
Anaïs Gallagher is the daughter of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher, but she seems determined to not be as much of a hellraiser as her father was during his Britpop years. She’s accomplished, too; still just a teenager, she’s already a model and a contributing fashion editor for Tatler’s website.
15. Daisy Lowe
Daisy Lowe’s dad is Bush singer Gavin Rossdale – a fact even Daisy didn’t know while she was growing up. Her mother, Pearl Lowe, had had an affair with Rossdale and never spilled the beans to her daughter about her parentage until Daisy was 15 years old. And although Daisy and Rossdale may share DNA, it nevertheless took them a while to settle into a real father-daughter relationship.
14. Annabelle Dexter-Jones
Socialite Ann Dexter-Jones and rocker Mick Jones insisted that their daughter Annabelle work for a living, despite the couple being worth millions. So, she did – and she now makes short films. Mark, Samantha and Charlotte Ronson are also Annabelle’s half-siblings through her mother.
13. Tigerlily Taylor
Tigerlily Taylor – daughter of Queen drummer Roger – has started to make waves in the world of fashion. Her mother is model Debbie Leng, however, so that may not come as a surprise. “My parents are very liberal and have always made sure not to put too much pressure on any of us,” Tigerlily told the Evening Standard in 2016, referring to herself and her siblings, Rufus and Lola.
12. Amber Le Bon
Amber is the oldest daughter of Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and his supermodel wife, Yasmin; needless to say, then, she inherited some incredibly good genes. And Amber herself is now a popular model who has worked for the likes of Pantene and Moschino.
11. Tali Lennox
British singer Annie Lennox has a model daughter, Tali, who has worked with many big-name brands. Unfortunately, tragedy hit the family in 2015 when Tali’s long-term boyfriend, model Ian Jones, died in a kayaking accident on the Hudson River. Annie subsequently appeared on TV after the incident to reassure people that her daughter was doing okay.
10. Rashida Jones
Although Rashida Jones is notable for being producer Quincy’s daughter, most people will know her best as Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation. She’s had great success on the big screen too, starring in movies such as The Social Network and The Muppets. But it appears that she hasn’t forgotten her roots, as in 2018 she made a Netflix documentary about her father titled simply Quincy.
9. Charles Berry Jr.
Charles Berry Jr. certainly hasn’t shied away from being associated with his father: rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry. Indeed, Charles actually toured with Chuck’s band and assisted his dad in answering interview questions in the years before he died; he also contributed to the famous singer’s last album. “It was just a privilege to see him at work,” Charles said of his parent in a 2017 interview with Music Week.
8. Pearl Aday
When Meat Loaf married Leslie G. Edmonds Aday, he also took on the daughter Aday had with Clark Pierson of the Full Tilt Boogie Band. The rock star later adopted Pearl, and she in turn went on to be a backing singer in his band before embarking on her own musical projects.
7. Eliot Sumner
As Eliot Sumner is the daughter of Sting, it’s possibly not surprising that she had a record deal by the age of 17. She’s also had some success in acting, appearing in the films Me Without You in 2001 and Stardust six years later. And in 2015 she made an announcement to the Evening Standard: she didn’t identify as either gender, defining herself solely as “a musician.”
6. Sean Lennon
As many know, Sean Lennon was born to Beatles icon John and artist Yoko Ono. Perhaps less recognized, though, is the fact that Elton John is Sean’s godfather. So it was almost inevitable that he’d be a famous musician once he grew up. He’s an activist too – just like his parents.
5. Duncan Jones
David Bowie’s son was born Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, but for a long time he was known as Zowie Bowie. Now, however, he’s simply Duncan Jones. And the film director has subsequently had a lot of success with his movies Moon and Source Code. Interestingly, he now also has a daughter named Zowie.
4. Lisa Marie Presley
As the only daughter of Elvis, Lisa Marie Presley was never going to be able to be ordinary. Perhaps inevitably, then, she’s had an eventful life – one, moreover, that includes having had Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage as husbands. And the singer-songwriter has revealed that, even now, she can still feel her father’s presence in her life.
3. Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne is of course the daughter of Ozzy, the lead singer of heavy metal band Black Sabbath. And she spent an awful lot of her adolescence on reality TV, as cameras chronicled her day-to-day life for The Osbournes. The small screen isn’t something that Kelly has given up, either, as she’s since progressed to being a TV host and talent show judge.
2. Liv Tyler
Actress Liv Tyler didn’t know that she was the daughter of a rock star until she was almost a teenager. After the identity of her dad emerged, though, she gradually developed a close relationship with Aerosmith frontman Steven. She’s appeared alongside her father, too, in the video for Aerosmith track “Crazy.”
1. Stella McCartney
After seeing the stage costumes that her parents Paul and Linda wore for performances, Stella McCartney decided that she wanted to be a fashion designer. She succeeded in that dream, too, as she’s now one of the leading lights in fashion – with name recognition almost on par with that of her Beatles star dad.