Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs blasts stepdaughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ memoir

“Steve Jobs’ widow and his sister are pushing back against a new blistering memoir written by the Apple cofounder’s daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs,” Jordan Valinsky reports for CNNTech. “Her book Small Fry ignited controversy because it portrays Jobs as a cold and sometimes inappropriate parent. But Laurene Powell Jobs and Mona Simpson, Jobs’ sister, say their memory of the late Apple cofounder ‘differs dramatically’ from Brennan-Jobs’ recollection.”

“They released a joint statement defending Jobs, which was originally published by Business Insider and obtained by CNN,” Valinsky reports. “‘Lisa is part of our family, so it was with sadness that we read her book, which differs dramatically from our memories of those times. The portrayal of Steve is not the husband and father we knew,’ they said. ‘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 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.'”

“During a family therapy session, Brennan-Jobs writes that she told a therapist that she felt lonely and wished her parents would say good night to her,” Valinsky reports. “Powell Jobs reportedly told her stepdaughter that her and Steve are ‘just cold people.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Mere words on a page. Contextless. How did Powell Jobs deliver that line? Our guess? Sarcastically, in response to a petulant child who’s being a PITA and conjuring up “issues” in order to fill a therapists’ hour and/or to hear herself talk. Just a guess.

“It’s not the first time Job’s widow, has spoken out about a negative portrayal of her late husband,” Valinsky reports. “She blasted the 2015 film Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin, as ‘fiction.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Besides being fiction, Sorkin’s Steve Jobs was also half-assed garbage.

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Pixar president: Steve Jobs would be ‘appalled’ by Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ – November 23, 2015
Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ flick unceremoniously dumped out of theaters – November 9, 2015
Aaron Sorkin ‘Steve Jobs’ fantasy flops hard – October 26, 2015
Steve Jobs’ widow continues to speak out against ‘Steve Jobs’ movie – October 22, 2015
Mossberg: The Steve Jobs I knew isn’t in Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ movie – October 21, 2015
Chrisann Brennan: Steve Jobs was a haunted house of brokenness; cold, ruthless, and obsessive – October 4, 2015
Steve Jobs’ ex Chrisann Brennan reveals their explosive relationship in new memoir – October 15, 2013


  1. “Blasts”, like with a ray gun?

    Journalists are a joke. Just report stuff without hype and exaggeration…unless of course you are such a boring read you have to resort to sensational headlines to get noticed.

  2. It is not surprising that different people have different perspectives on Steve. Not only was he likely much different at home versus at work but, as with all people, Steve also evolved throughout his life. He was not the same person in his 50s as he was in his 20s.

    Steve was apparently not a good father to his first child – really not a father at all based on the accounts that I have read. If those accounts are true, he denied paternity for many years and failed to provide child support. I do not condone those actions and I am not trying to excuse them, but I can understand his failures as a human being. Steve appeared to grow into a better human being as he matured and married later in life. As with all human beings, the good is mixed in with the bad — each each day you try to get a little better.

    As an outsider, I will likely never know the full truth about Steve Jobs. Each person has their own perspective, and it is all blended together and filtered through his legend as an Apple founder, then at NeXT and Pixar, then back at Apple starting in the late 1990s where the legend really developed.

  3. Powell-Jobs is just your typical Trump -hating, self-righteous liberal that supports Illegal immigration and bashes the rich for not doing enough to stop the farce that is “climate change.”
    All while she’s steaming along on that fossil-fuel-burning yacht that Steve paid for. Let Lisa have her moment. Her experience wasn’t yours, Lauren.
    Steve was a prick, that’s well documented. As an employee you were to put the Company first and work hard to keep it that way. If you fucked up,well….”You’re Fired!”
    Remind you of any other successful businessman and or President.

    Ok libs, don’t disappoint.

      1. That doesn’t mean she deserved to be treated like crap from her father, who was a willing participant in that one night stand. Jobs’ treatment of this girl is not defensible.

      2. Dan, what? Do you have a clue, Steve and Lisa’s mom were a couple for years and lived together. Where do you get 1 night stand from. As for Lisa, of course she has a different opinion and take on her father that people that he wanted to impress. From what I have heard of the book, she said she loved her father even with the way he treated her.

      3. Danox…did you read the book? Seriously doubt it.. Steve Jobs was a bastard, and treated Lisa badly, to the point of not paying her college tuition despite his enoumous wealth. And BTW if you should have a kid by a one night stand, it’s YOUR KID. Man up.

    1. Laurene would NEVER have married Jobs if he did not have a ton of money (and neighter would Melanie) Rich guys get a pass at acting like jerks…case in point POTUS.

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