Steve Jobs’ daughter details strained relationship with the father, claims he told her that she ‘smells like a toilet”

Apple founder Steve Jobs, seen here in 2007 introducing the Apple Nano in San Francisco. (AP)

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs told his daughter that she “smelled like a toilet” when she visited him on his deathbed, she writes in a new memoir about their difficult relationship.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, visited her father about every other month of the year before his death, of complications from pancreatic cancer in 2011, she said in her memoir ‘Small fish’ Vanity Fair’s September issue.

On one such visit, when her father was so ill that he could barely get out of bed, she sprayed herself with expensive rose facial mist had found them in his bathroom to go to say goodbye.

“As we embraced, I could feel his vertebrae, his ribs. He smelled musty, like medicine and sweat,” she wrote.

Brennan-Jobs, now 40, turned to go away and that is when her father called out, “Lis?”

“Yes?” she asked.

“You smell like a toilet”, she tells him to say.

By that point Brennan-Jobs, she writes, had “the possibility of a great atonement, of the kind in the movies” with her famous father, who died at 56.

Lisa Brennan Jobs is the daughter of Steve Jobs and Chrisann Brennan.


Her mother, Chrisann Brennan, had Lisa when they were both Jobs were 23 in 1978 — but he publicly denied he was her father until 1980, when the San Mateo district attorney forced him to take a paternity test and provide child support.

The court requires Jobs to cover child support of $385, – per month, which was subsequently increased to $500 per month, plus back payments and medical insurance to Brennan-Jobs turned 18. Four days after the case was completed, Apple went public and Jobs became a value of $200 million, his daughter wrote.

Even after the case, Brennan-Jobs says her father was always stingy, distant and curt with her — even to deny that he is named as one of the first computers he worked on, “Lisa,” after her.

That is until a rare holiday, when the Brennan-Jobs was 27, and was invited to join a hunting trip with her step-mother, three half-brothers and sisters and a babysitter.

The family made a stop off the coast of the south of France to Bono’s villa and the rockstar asked, “So was the Lisa computer named after her?” Brennan-Jobs writes.

“My father hesitated, looked down at his plate for a long moment, and then back to Bono. “Yes, it was,” he said.

“I studied the face of my father. What was changed? Why had he admitted that now, after all these years? Of course, it was named after me, I thought. His lie seemed ridiculous now. I felt a new strength, that pulled on my breast,” she wrote.

She thanked Bono for the questions.

“‘That is the first time that he said,” yes,”‘I said to Bono,” she recalled. “”Thank you for asking.’ If famous people need other famous people to reveal their secrets.”

In another heartbreaking memory, Brennan-Jobs recalls hearing of a rumor as a child that her father would buy a new Porsche every time he scratched his.

On a night when she was in the luxury car with him, she asked if she could have when he was finished with it.

“I wondered where he got the extras,” she wrote.

But he responded with anger.

“‘Absolutely not,’ he said in an such acid, caustic way that I knew I made a mistake,” she wrote. “I wanted to, I could take it back. We went to the house and he turned off the engine. Before I made a move to get out he turned to me.

“You’re not getting anything,” he said. ‘Do you understand? Nothing. You get nothing.’ He wanted to say about the car, something else, something bigger? I did not know. His voice was pain—sharp, in my chest.”

Brennan-Jobs’ memoirs will be published in September. 4 by Grove Press.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post.

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