Ariel Winter Has Opened Up About Her Abusive Childhood
Ariel Winter has opened up about her abusive childhood for the first time in an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
The Modern Family actor became emancipated from her mother, Crystal Workman, in 2015 but is only now revealing how harrowing her formative years were.
According to the teen actor, she wasn't allowed to have other female friends because they were "competition", she was forced to follow a "very, very restricted" diet and she was dressed in "the smallest miniskirts" and "low-cut things" from the age of seven.
"People thought I was 24 when I was 12," Ariel said. "If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand per cent said yes."
When Ariel joined the cast of Modern Family in 2009, she confided in her on-set tutor Sharon Sacks, who reported Workman to the Los Angeles Child Protective Services.
"She was very scared," Sacks said. "She knew the consequences."
In fact, Ariel says she was preparing to go into foster care - until her older sister Shanelle Grey, who she barely knew, agreed to take her in.
Ariel added: "I went through a really rough period, a really bad chapter."
Eventually Grey became the now-19-year-old's legal guardian and Ariel hasn't spoken to her mother since.
"Even though I wish I had a better childhood, I wouldn't trade it because it made me who I am today," Ariel said. "I still respect the people that hurt me."