In this week’s PEOPLE, Kevin McEnroe, the son of Tatum O’Neal and tennis great John McEnroe, opens up about what it was like to grow up in his troubled family – but it’s his new novel he really wants to talk about.
Griffin O’Neal, the son of actor Ryan O’Neal and brother of Tatum O’Neal has struggled for years to break free from one of the most famously dysfunctional families in Hollywood.
“My whole family has been absolutely destroyed to smithereens from drug addiction and alcoholism,” says Griffin, 50. “The common denominator is drugs and alcohol and depression and it’s a never-ending cycle. I had to walk away from all of it. I’m done.”
Redmond O’Neal, the only son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett, has struggled with a serious drug addiction for many years. Now that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has revoked his probation and issued a no-bail bench warrant for his arrest in April, his half sister, Tatum O’Neal, admits she is extremely worried for his safety – and his life.
It’s been a long road for the three children of Tatum O’Neal and John McEnroe, whose explosive marriage was marred by her addiction battles, his famous temper and their long, drawn-out custody battle. Today, their three children, Kevin, 29, Sean, 28, and Emily, 24, say they have found a new understanding of their experiences growing up in one of Hollywood’s most famously troubled families.
After Tatum O’Neal split from tennis ace husband John McEnroe in 1992, years of turmoil followed. Amid claims and counterclaims of drug use, violent tempers and escalating fights, their custody battle over their three children became an all-out war.
Redmond O’Neal – the son of actors Ryan O’Neal and the late Farrah Fawcett – is in trouble again.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz revoked O’Neal’s probation and also issued a no bail bench warrant for his arrest in April after Redmond’s probation officer notified him about the violation, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.