The term “nepo kids” has gained popularity on social media over the past few months, and the hashtag #nepotismbaby has amassed millions of views on TikTok as people become aware of how many celebrities have well-known parents.
Children of famous people who are following in the (well-trodden) footsteps of their parents and pursuing careers in the spotlight are referred to as “nepotism babies” or its abbreviation “nepo babies.”
Famous families and having a leg up in Hollywood are nothing new, in fact, they are the foundation of celebrity. A large number of actors, models, and musicians “make it” thanks to the advantages and possibilities that come with having a connection to influential people.
It’s sometimes overlooked that big figures in the creative sector like George Clooney, the Gyllenhaals, Liza Minelli, Drew Barrymore, Carrie Fisher, and Gwyneth Paltrow first gained notoriety as the offspring of Hollywood aristocracy. They have since eclipsed their parents’ notoriety.
One “nepo baby” has responded to the term’s detractors by asserting that many are “starved of stability and love” as a result of their “narcissistic” parents.
The daughter of filmmaker Alison Owen and actor Keith Allen, Lily Allen, wrote: “The nepo babies you all should be concerned about are those who work for law companies, banks, and the political establishment.
“BUT that’s none of my concern if we’re talking about actual repercussions and depriving people of opportunities.
And before you accuse me of being a nepo baby as well, let me be the first to admit that I genuinely have nothing to apologise for.
After a Twitter user questioned her, “Why are your parents blue links on Wikipedia,” Lily continued to participate in the discussion.
Then the 37-year-old replied: “because my parents are both incredibly skilled and because I am a nepo baby. In our formative years, we yearn for security, love, and nurturing; we are not yet concerned with wealth or proximity to authority.
“As a result of their likely narcissistic parents, many nepo newborns are deprived of these necessities during their formative years. Additionally, the entertainment industry is not suited to parents, as seen by months-long filming and tours.
“When one is still processing childhood trauma, it might be difficult to realise one’s own privilege, and many of these kids haven’t found that out yet.”
The singer, whose brother is the actor Alfie Allen, has previously opened up about how she used to spend her weekends as a little girl in the hotel room above the Groucho club, with a Toblerone to keep her going.
Whatever your opinion about “nepo kids,” it’s intriguing to hear about Lily’s personal experience.