Here’s some super sad news for the day that I’m really bummed I have to report: Ariel Winter, the 14-year-old star of Modern Family, was removed from her home because of some pretty serious parental abuse allegations. TMZ reports that her mother has been physically and emotionally abusing Ariel, and on October 3, Ariel was put in the custody of her 34-year-old sister. Her mom was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ariel.
TMZ is also reporting that Ariel’s sister, Shanelle, suffered the same alleged abuse from her mother and was also removed from the home about two decades ago based on similar allegations. According to E! News, Shanelle claims that their mother hit and pushed Ariel, and also abused her with “vile name calling, personal insults about [her and her weight], attempts to ‘sexualize’ minor, deprivation of food, etc. for an extended period of time.” While the abuse allegations seem legit (why else would Ariel get removed from her own home and mother by a judge?), Ariel’s brother and mother insist they aren’t true.
Ariel’s mother Crystal Workman told People magazine, “It’s all untrue, it’s all untrue. I have my doctor’s letter that my daughter’s never been abused… I have stylists’ letters that she’s never been abused.” Entertainment Tonight reports that Ariel’s brother, Jimmy Workman, also claims that the reports are all false.
Ariel plays such a smart, funny and awesome role on Modern Family that it’s hard to believe her real-life situation could be so terrible. It’s an unfortunate example that a person’s life isn’t always great as it seems. While I know it comes hand in hand with being a celebrity, I feel horrible that Ariel’s personal family life is splashed all over the Internet and newspapers. It’s so sad that this is happening to her, and it’s really none of our business – I hope she gets at least some of the privacy she deserves.
At the same time, Ariel’s situation is something that, unfortunately, a lot of young girls may relate to. Bad situations like this at home are far too common. If you’ve ever been physically and/or emotionally abused by your parents, there is help for you. Don’t feel like you need to ignore the situation and please don’t feel embarrassed by it -it’s not your fault and you should reach out to people who can help you. No one ever deserves to be hurt, physically or emotionally, in their own homes. If you can relate to Ariel’s situation, get in touch with this child help hotline right here.
What do you think about Ariel’s situation? Do you feel like you can relate to her? Do you think the media should stay out of her business? Tell us in the comments.