“For him it wasn't about being with a son that he loved. He was rent-a-dad.”
Shia did go on to say that living with his dad in a motel for three years did bring them close together and actually gave him the father he had lost forever. Now go ahead and wipe away the tears because honestly, most parents are out there to make money off their kids, and to live vicariously through them. From the stage moms on the set of a commercial to Billy Ray Cyrus to Pimpa Joe and Michael Lohan, parents love living off their kids. It's great. They don't do any work, and generally make more money then any other job they have had before. They get free stuff including drugs, and get invited to parties and get attention and basically live a life they never thought possible when they were the kid getting beat up in high school or selling shoes in Sears. Then one day they have a kid and they get to exploit the hell out of that kid, push that kid and that kid becomes their only source of income. You don't think the kid has some kind of pressure? What about if your whole family relies on your income? Hello Lindsay Lohan.
How many teenagers do you know who can handle the combination of fame, money, power, enabling, and supporting a family of 5? I don't really know any either. That is why they end up paying the price and parents are there at the funeral saying how tragic it was, and then dividing up the estate.