It’s not that surprising to find out that celebrities act differently on television than they do in real life. Even reality shows often depict a highly edited version of the real world that’s only slightly similar to the truth.
Take Martha Stewart, for example. The so-called domestic goddess and hostess with the most-est is also a convicted felon. She may have been projecting a perfect, sunny exterior, but behind closed doors, the 78-year-old media mogul was committing acts of fraud.
But it turns out insider trading isn’t the worst crime Stewart has been accused of. The beloved homemaker’s daughter Alexis Stewart wrote a tell-all book about her home life and some of the claims she made about childhood show a very different side of Martha.
Alexis Stewart admitted that her childhood was far from picture-perfect
Martha can set a table and whip up a gourmet meal like no one else. But when it came to raising her daughter, Alexis, it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
“If I didn’t do something perfectly, I had to do it again,” Alexis wrote. “I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head.”
Those feelings of inadequacy persisted throughout her childhood and made Alexis question why so many people were obsessed with Martha. It also made her feel like she could never measure up.
“Martha does everything better. You can’t win!” she wrote in her book.
Martha Stewart didn’t take a traditional approach to parenting
Stewart is naturally talented at a lot of things, but participating in traditional childhood activities wasn’t one of them, at least according to her daughter. Alexis said, “Martha was not interested in being kid-friendly. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.”
Alexis claimed Halloween was no better. “Halloween was also a grim affair: There were no costumes,” she said. “There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home.”
Martha later refuted the claims, insisting she used to make Alexis costumes on the sewing machine. “Oh ok. I left out the years when my mother made me costumes on the sewing machine,” Alexis admitted.
“Or let me wear all of my grandmother’s fabulous costume jewelry when I was very young and was a gypsy for Halloween. It was kind of fun pretending no one was home. No one else did that or would admit that they did it. And I still do it til’ this day.”
Alexis Stewart made one bizarre claim about never having food in the house
You’d think that someone as talented in the kitchen as Martha would be serving gourmet meals every night. But instead, Alexis wrote that the opposite was true during childhood.
“There was never anything to eat at my house,” she wrote. “Other people had food. I had no food. … There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.”
She said Martha had one gross habit
She was also appalled by Martha leaving the bathroom door open when she did her business. “Mother always peed with the door open,” she wrote. “I remember saying, ‘You know, now I have friends over! You can’t do that anymore! It’s gotta stop! My friends’ parents don’t do it! Give me a break here! I don’t feel like being embarrassed! It’s exhausting! I’m a kid! Stop!”‘
Alexis is the only child of Martha and her ex-husband, Andrew Stewart. She was estranged from her mother for a long time, but did dedicate her memoir Whateverland: Learning to Live Here to Martha.
Rumor has it the two women reconciled while Martha was serving time in prison and their relationship is much stronger now than it was years ago.