Ariel Winter tells the story of her ongoing legal battles with her mom while growing up in her appearance on The Ellen Show, airing later today.
“Well actually from 14-17 it was a legal custody battle. My sister was granted temporary custody first and then when I was 17 in the beginning of the year she was granted permanent custody. And then to kind of just move forward with the process and end it all together we got me emancipated and I could just handle my own affairs,” the 18-year-old Modern Family star explained.
When Ellen asked why she doesn’t speak with her mother, Ariel responded, “Well, it’s most definitely hard to grow up in the industry, but just grow up in any instance without a mother from a very young age. And it has been very sad for me, but at the same time it’s been much better for me emotionally and physically to be on my own and have a better, safer household and support system. I don’t really talk about the reason that I don’t speak to my mother. It’s kind of been publicized, but the reason I don’t really share that is because I want to give her the same respect that she didn’t give to me publicly.”