Steve Jobs' Daughter Lisa Reveals Painful Memories: “You Smell Like A Toilet,” He Said To Her When She Came To Visit Her Sick Father Shortly Before His Demise

Date April 8, 2019

The co-founder of Apple and business magnate Steve Jobs was a role model for many entrepreneurs. He was recognized widely as a pioneer in the microcomputer revolution. However, the successful leader, businessman, and engineer failed in the most important role – that of a father.

It seems hard for many celebrities to maintain two fields of life: parenting and career. Thus, famous actor Jackie Chan admitted what a bad dad he was to his daughter. 

Such stories make our hearts sink. Children expect nothing more from their parents than giving them the love and care they deserve. 

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The first daughter of Steve Jobs, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, shared a piece of her memoir with Vanity Fair, revealing some sad details about her complicated relationship with her father. The memoir called “Small Fry” was published in September 2018 by Grove Press.

These two didn’t have the best beginning, as Jobs denied that Lisa was his biological child for the first two years of her life. Only after a DNA test to prove fatherhood was carried out did he accept her existence and paid child support until she turned 18. His monthly payment was firstly at only $385, then it increased to $500.

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Lisa remembers:

The case was finalized on December 8, 1980, with my father’s lawyers insistent to close. Four days later Apple went public and overnight my father was worth more than $200 million.


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The girl was three when she first saw her dad, and she was looking at him with eyes wide open having no idea who was in front of her. Jobs asked her whether she knew who he was. But instead of the heartwarming words “I am your dad”, Lisa heard: “I’m one of the most important people you will ever know.”

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They saw each other randomly and never established a warm relationship. Regardless, his daughter visited him every other month during the last year of his life, as Jobs died of complications due to pancreatic cancer.

He was propped up in bed, wearing shorts. His legs were bare and thin as arms, bent up like a grasshopper’s.

One day she sprayed the rose mist on herself, the one found in his bathroom. The smell was light and natural and it winded out pretty soon. She came back to his room to say her final goodbye, but after they shared a hug, she heard him saying: “You smell like a toilet.”


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One time he yelled at her angrily after Lisa had asked a simple question. Her daddy was a wealthy man and he could easily replace one luxury car with another one.

She asked if she could have his old car since he would not need it anymore. But she seemed to irritate Jobs with the request: “You’re not getting anything. You understand? Nothing. You’re getting nothing.”

Throughout her life, Lisa has been struggling with father’s indifference and coldness. He was aloof and careless, and even angry with her for no reason at all. And even though Jobs’ treatment didn’t change over time, hope smouldered in her heart for a long time.

The father's love can't be replaced with expensive presents, status or financial success. All children ever need is to feel loved with no conditions. 

Family is the biggest treasure of all! That is why it is so important to appreciate each other. Here is one more powerful story to prove that.


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