13 Celebs Open Up About Their Mom Issues

Distraction from your last-minute panic to order Mother's Day flower delivery.

<p><em>Modern Family</em> star Winter emancipated herself from her emotionally abusive "stage mother," Chrisoula Workman, in 2015, and was placed in the custody of her older sister, Shanelle Gray, in the meantime. "This is what she wanted me to do, and she pushed very hard for that and kind of put that in the forefront of her mind instead of what I wanted and what I needed," she <a href="http://www.people.com/article/ariel-winter-hasnt-spoken-mom-3-years" target="_blank">told <em>People </em>about her mother</a>. "And that was definitely hard, but I don't think that was the only issue." She also addressed the difficulty of growing up under the paparazzi's gaze: "It's really hard to have that kind of drama in your life and to be going through that tough situation and have an open court case and have everyone look at it, because it's already hard enough for abuse victims, but it's harder in the public eye when everybody has an opinion," she explained. </p>
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We'd be lying if we acted like every day was Mother's Day—that we are always just casually brunching and laughing into plates of salad burgers with our moms. Sometimes life gets messy and the relationships we hold dearest get strained the most. These celebs get real about their problems dealing with the women who gave them life.

Mara is a freelance writer and editor specializing in culture, politics, wellness, and the intersection between them, whose print and digital work has appeared in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Airbnb Mag, Prevention, and more. She’s a Fordham University graduate who also has a degree in Italian Studies, so naturally she’s always daydreaming about focaccia.