Good Lord. Hilary Duff -- the little angel from Houston who audiences adored inLizzie McGuire
-- is setting aterrific
example for kids.
Mostly it's her parents. They're in a Harris County court, in the midst of the type of bitter divorce that tends to occur when you have a kid who's a Hollywood money-printing machine.
Hilary's father was sentenced to 10 days in jail for contempt of court. He and Hilary's mother are fighting over -- believe it or not -- whether or not they should spend $25,000 on Hilary's birthday celebration.
(Pause here to hurl.)
We guess the Duff parents take all their child-rearing tips from those pathetic Sweet 16 spending orgies featured on MTV. Because that's really what's best for kids.
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Hilary's father, Bob, has Robert Piro for his lawyer, one of the biggest divorce sharks in town. So this whole mess is guaranteed to get even uglier. And fun, if you enjoy watching idiotic adults claw tooth-and-nail over their meal-ticket daughter.
Neither Hilary nor her not-as-famous sister Haylie were in court. Maybe she's too embarrassed, but more likely she made herself a guarantee that once she makes it she's never setting foot in this one-horse town again.
Lizzie, Lizzie -- what has happened to our little Houston native? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
-- Richard Connelly