“He was as cheap as he could be. He under-provided for everything. It was always like pulling teeth to get him to step up,” Chrisann Brennan said of the late tech titan Steve Jobs. Brennan was Jobs’ first girlfriend and the mother of his first daughter, Lisa.
In a newly released chapter of history, Brennan, now 60, describes how the late Apple co-founder repeatedly didn’t respond to her requests for money for years after having to raise Lisa by herself through poverty while Jobs, the then-CEO of both Apple and Pixar, was a billionaire, according to Fortune.
Brennan accused Jobs of “dishonorable behavior” in the way he initially denied paternity of Lisa for more than two years when she asked for a sum of $30 million ($25 million for herself and $5 million for Lisa) in compensation via a letter sent to him in December of 2005. Brennan explained:
“I have raised our daughter under the circumstances that were all together too tough.
“Obviously it was all the more confusing and difficult because you had so much money … I believe that decency and closure can be achieved through money. It is very simple.”
Steve Jobs refused to respond, according to Brennan. In September 2009, Brennan asked Jobs again to set up a trust for her and Lisa, this time claiming she had fallen on hard times having become ill, but also mentioning the release of an unflattering tell-all book Brennan had written.
“I do not want to cause conflict with you … no one is going to be impressed with either of us in the book and it will hurt Lisa who never deserved any of this … the choice is yours.
This time Jobs did respond, saying, “I don’t react well to blackmail. I will have no part in any of this,” Brennan told Fortune.
Lisa, who was born in 1978, legally changed her name to Lisa Brennan-Jobs at the age of 9. Her relationship with her father growing up was tumultuous, to say the least. For years, Jobs claimed he was “sterile and infertile” and lacked “the physical capacity to procreate a child.” He only began paying $500-a-month child support for Lisa after a paternity test and court order — a month before Apple went public, which immediately increased his net worth to $225 million.
Through the years Brennan raised Lisa, Jobs had bought her two cars, a $400,000 house and paid for Lisa’s private school tuition. Jobs also named one of Apple’s earliest personal computers after Lisa. However, part of her way through Harvard University, a fight between Lisa and Jobs ended his financial support and tuition payments, and Lisa, who was at the time living with Jobs and his new family with Laurene Powell, moved out to live with a couple down the street who ended up helping her pay tuition.
In 2013, Brennan finally released her memoir, “The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs.” In the book, Brennan claimed that Jobs’ success had turned him into a “demon” and that she became the “object of his cruelty.”
Three years after Jobs died, Brennan wrote to Laurene Powell, Jobs’ widow, and asked her for help, saying, “I simply never deserved the years of poverty and justifications he built up against me … You are in a position to help me without harm to your own life situation and children.”
Powell never responded.
Jobs did leave Lisa a multimillion-dollar inheritance and Lisa was at Jobs’ bedside when he passed.