Kristen Bell says telling her kids about doing mushrooms ‘backfired’

Kristen Bell is “very honest” with her kids — but telling them about doing hallucinogenic mushrooms recently “backfired” on the actress.

The “Frozen” star told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday that one of her little ones spilled the beans to her “more conservative” mom, Lorelei Bell, when she came into town.

“I overheard my daughter talking to my mom, to [her] grandma, going, ‘I’m actually really glad they share all this stuff with me. Anyway, mom really wanted to try mushrooms,’” the “Veronica Mars” alum, 42, recalled.

Kristen joked that she was “more worried” about her mother finding out about her drug use than daughters Lincoln, 9, and Delta, 7.

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Kristen Bell told her children about doing mushrooms, and her honesty “backfired.”
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The “Good Place” alum clarified during the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” appearance that her and Dax Shepard’s children “fully know” what mushrooms are because the actor, 46, is in recovery.

“He’s really honest about what alcohol does to your body. How it makes you feel funny and impairs things, and what drugs do to your body and why most drugs are illegal and all that stuff,” Kristen explained.


Although the “Bad Moms” star didn’t want Lorelei to find out, Kristen had no problem sharing the story with “Hypochondriactor” podcast host Dr. Priyanka Wali in May 2021.

Shepard “babysat” his wife during the experience and took her for a walk around the block.

“I am very lucky to be married to an ex-drug addict,” Kristen joked at the time. “Not only did he know where to get the mushrooms … he got that really nice, quality, organic, set and setting, beautiful mushroom.”


She and the “Armchair Expert” podcast co-host often make headlines for their honest parenting style, including telling their kids that Santa Claus is fake.

Kristen shared the “controversial” decision with Us Weekly in December 2018.

“I have a fundamental rule that I will never lie to them, which is challenging at times,” the “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” star told the outlet at the time. “[We told them], ‘This is just a fun thing we pretend while it’s Christmas.’”

Shepard chimed in, “They don’t think he exists, but they’re super happy and everything’s fine.”