Steve Jobs daughter describes the former Apple CEO as not the most pleasant person in new memoir.
Jobs has frequently been described as mean, odd and anal in several films and books. But in a new memoir entitled “Small Fry,” written by his daughter Lisa Brennan Jobs, the 40-year-old confirms his cruel ways and how the late Apple founder apologized for mistreating her while on his deathbed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The emotional abuse started when Lisa was just a child. Lisa’s mother, Chrisann Brennan, was Jobs’ girlfriend during the 1970s and eventually became pregnant with Lisa. At first, Jobs denied Lisa was his child, but after paternity DNA tests and lawsuits, the court ordered Jobs to pay child support. Jobs payments initially were $385 – which he increased to $500 with medical insurance until she turned 18. Lisa wrote that “four days later Apple went public and overnight my father was worth more than two hundred million dollars.”
Some of the memories Lisa recalls in her memoir are being called fat by her father, being denied college tuition and Jobs leaving Lisa out of family photos after he married his wife, Laurene Powell.
One of her more well-known stories was how for years Jobs refused to tell Lisa that the “Apple Lisa” computer was named after her. Jobs finally admitted it while visiting #U2 star #Bono with Lisa. While there was a lot of bad, Lisa highlights Jobs had good moments as well. Jobs would often take Lisa skating, for walks and spent time with her playing the piano.
Lisa and Jobs weren’t always on the best terms, but they shared an intimate moment when Jobs was on his deathbed in 2011. “I didn’t spend enough time with you when you were little,” he told Lisa, during their last visit. “I owe you one.” He told Lisa the reason he stopped speaking to her a decade prior was because he was upset that he wasn’t invited to her parents’ weekend when she was attending Harvard. “Why didn’t you tell me?” she asked. He replied, “I’m not too good at communication.”
Jobs died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.