Ariel Winter Wasn’t Allowed to be Friends With Girls Growing Up

Ariel Winter has come a long way since her days on Modern Family. She’s now a successful actor and model, but growing up wasn’t always easy. Her charismatic character and unique personality make her outstanding on the screen, making her unmatched talent.

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One of her most remarkable breakthroughs is when she starred in Sofia the First, where she voiced Sofia, a little girl who becomes a princess overnight. The character is based on her real-life experiences. But did you know that she wasn’t allowed to be friends with girls when growing up? 

Winter’s experience of growing up without friends

In an interview with Glamour, Winter opened up about her growing-up struggles. One of the biggest things she struggled with was not being allowed to be friends with girls.

“I was never allowed to have sleepovers with girls when I was younger,” she said. Winter’s mother limited her ability to have sleepovers and be friends with other girls, as she viewed them as competition in the entertainment industry. Winter has admitted her mother was not her best supporter, and she’s said that their relationship wasn’t always easy.

Winter admits that she felt a bit sexualized by her mom when she was very young. She even commented that her mother dressed her in some provocative dresses at 12, which made her appear 24 years old. 

Winter’s rise to fame has been meteoric, and she’s had to deal with many growing pains in the public eye. While she wasn’t allowed to make friends as a young kid, it hasn’t stopped her from bonding with people like her Modern Family co-star Sarah Hyland. She’s also currently dating actor Levi Meaden, and she seems happy and healthy.

Why would Winter not trade her traumatic childhood?

The Modern Family star says she would not trade her traumatic childhood for anything. According to her, she is a confident and empowered young lady due to her traumatic childhood experience. Winter also debuted in The Hollywood Reporter and openly discussed her childhood.

Winter also explains that food was restricted in her childhood, and she was denied a proper education. She also said that after taking control of her life, she decided to make education a top priority, and eventually enrolled at UCLA.  

Although Winter wishes she had a better childhood, she is keen to note that her turmoil as a child helped to shape the woman she is today. 

Winter’s current relationship with the mother

Winter, who is currently 24 years old, became legally emancipated in 2015. Her decision to get emancipated from her mother was that she could have a better and safer household. Now, Winter and the mother don’t have a relationship. When she was 18 years old, she tried to mend her relationship with her dad. However, Winter and her mom are estranged.

In an interview with Inside Edition, Workman stated that after Winter was emancipated, she was subjected to sell her house and live in the worst condition. Glenn Workman further addressed his daughter and urged her to fix her relationship with her mother. During the interview, she further ridiculed Winter’s fashion sense and claimed that she was craving attention. Winter was not so pleased about the comments. 

Despite having a rocky relationship with her mother, the young and brilliant actor is still gracing our screens with her unmatched talent. She is focused on the future and wants to open a proper shelter for dogs and enroll in online psychology classes. 

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