When news broke that Burna Boy has asked his mother to hands off managing his career, almost everyone went crazy about his decision to let her go…after all, she’s been there from the outset of his career, why sack her now that he’s bigger? Some argued.
Don’t you understand? “it’s been a long road to where I am today and my mother, Bose Ogulu has managed me the best she could up till this point and I am grateful. At this point in my life and career, it is time to let my mother be my mother and let my manager be my manager.
Therefore, Bose Ogulu is no longer my manager, all bookings and enquiries for BURNA BOY should now be referred email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding”, he explained via his Twitter handle, after which the responses he got were simply uncalled for.
As awkward as it may sound, Burna Boy isn’t the only one in the history of entertainment to have had to take such a hard decision.
Selena Gomez fired her mother and stepfather, who’ve been managing her career since her Disney days. Now that Selena’s 21 and grown she reportedly wants to take her career in a new direction that (considering their disapproval of her dating Justin Bieber) we have a feeling her parents definitely wouldn’t approve of.
After Matthew Knowles’ affair came to light, Beyoncé booted her father from his long held position as her manager. Although we all assumed the firing had everything to do with his indiscretion (and still kind of do), Bey claims it was never personal. She told Oprah in 2013:
“…we had our issues. I’d say ‘No’ to something, and he’d book it anyway. Then I’d have to do it because I’d look bad if I didn’t. We would fight sometimes, and it took about two years, to when I was 20, for him to realize, ‘Oh, she is an adult now, and if she doesn’t wanna do something, I can’t make her do it.”
Usher fired his mother in 2007 around the time he married Tameka Foster, rehired her in 2008 when he and Tameka were on the rocks, and fired her again about one year later when he started dating his current boo (and manager) Grace Miguel. Are we seeing a pattern here?
Scarlett Johansson gave her mother, Melanie Sloan, her walking papers in 2009 after she married Ryan Reynolds. Sloan had managed her daughter’s career from the age of nine.
Aaron Carter axed his momager after accusing her of stealing $100,000 and preventing his father from attending most of his concerts.
Michael fired his father Joe in 1979, resulting in the breakup of the Jackson 5 in the mid-eighties.
The Other Jackson Sons
By the mid-eighties, all of the Jackson boys had dropped their father as their manager and ceased working under his management company Joseph Jackson Productions.
After a nasty custody battle between his parents, Macauley Culkin was happily released from his father’s management by court ruling. Although Macauley’s father was hospitalized in January after a massive stroke the two have yet to rekindle their relationship.
In 2010 Chef Gordon Ramsay fired his father-in-law/manager after a private investigation revealed he had stolen $2 million from him to fund an extra-marital affair. Ramsay’s wife Tana has taken her husband’s side on the issue and severed ties with her father.
In 1989 Gary Coleman booted his parents from their role as trustees after accusing the pair of mismanaging his funds. Coleman filed for bankrupty ten years later as a result of that mismanagement.
In the late 90’s LeAnn Rimes sued her father, who served as both her manager and producer, for an unspecified amount claiming he and her former co-manager wrongfully spent millions of her dollars. To this day LeAnn and her father still haven’t reconciled.
Brooke Shields’ momager Teri stirred up controversy in 1976 when she arranged for a photographer to take nude pictures of Brooke. In 1978 she also allowed a 12-year old Brooke to be cast as a prostitute in Pretty Baby, and in 1980 allowed her to star in the R-rated film Blue Lagoon. After years of tumult, Brooke fired her mother in 1995.
Actress Leighton Meester’s relationship with her mother came to a head in 2011 when she fired her as her manager and sued her for custody of her younger brother on the grounds that her mother misused funds meant for his medical bills.
Bottom line is, it’s either there was a misunderstanding between Burna Boy and his mom which led to him dropping her or he simply just grew out of her and needed his career to be handled by a younger and more vibrant management.
Since Burna didn’t say there was any disagreement between himself and his mom, we just have to accept the explanation he gave us- “I want my mummy back!”…eeyah, poor boy.