Steve Jobs’ daughter tears her “cold” father in new memoirs

File photo – Apple-founder Steve Jobs, seen here in 2007 introducing the Apple Nano in San Francisco.

Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs describes the difficult relationship with her famous father in her new memoir ‘Little fish’, but says that she forgives the tech icon.

The Apple co-founder had rejected Brennan-Jobs during the first years of her life, the denial of paternity. Even after he accepted her as his daughter and the court-ordered support of the child, but Brennan-Jobs says that their relationship is often a tough one. The memoirs of Sept. 4, paint Jobs, such as repeatedly embarrassing his daughter and others around her, according to The New York Times.

In a widely distributed extract, Brennan-Jobs says he told her that she “smelled like a toilet,” when they visited Jobs at his deathbed. However, Brennan-Jobs later said her father was to tell the truth. “I wasn’t aware of it,” she told the New York Times. “Sometimes, it is nice of someone to tell you what you smell.”


The memoir reportedly shows Jobs as the extremely demanding and cold. Brennan-Jobs describes, as a teenager, attending a therapy session with her father and step-mother, Laurene Powell Jobs. Crying, Brennan-Jobs said the therapist that she felt lonely and wanted her parents to say goodnight to her.

In the memoir, Brennan-Jobs is claiming that Powell Jobs told the therapist: “We are just cold people.”

Powell Jobs had three children with the Apple co-founder. A prominent philanthropist, she founded and leads the Emerson Collective, an organization focused on education, immigration reform, the environment, health, and other social justice initiatives.” Powell Jobs has a fortune inherited from $21 billion, according to the New York Times.


Powell Jobs, her children, and Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson issued the following statement in reaction to the announced memoir:

“Lisa is a part of our family, so it is with sadness that we read of her book, which differs greatly from our memories of that time. The portrayal of Steve is not the husband and father we knew. Steve loved Lisa, and he regretted that he was not the father he should have been during her early childhood. It was a great comfort to Steve to have Lisa at home with all of us during the last days of his life, and we are all grateful for the years we spent together as a family.”

Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer in 2011.

Brennan-Jobs told the Times that, despite her difficult childhood and adolescence, she forgives her father. They would also like to emphasize the happy times that they spent together, describing “the preciousness of my father, and the outrageous fun to be with him when he was in good shape.”

“I was afraid of him, and at the same time I felt a horror, electric love,” she writes in her memoirs.

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