Ariel Winter is opening up about her contentious relationship with her mother.
The 19-year-old “Modern Family” actress covers the Fall 2017 issue of LaPalme Magazine, premiering today exclusively on AOL Entertainment, and she didn’t hold back when discussing her childhood in the accompanying cover story.
“I definitely had an interesting family dynamic when I was growing up,” she told LaPalme. “It was mostly my mom and I, and we didn’t have a fantastic relationship.”
While living with her mother — who she eventually became emancipated from amid abuse allegations — Winter was homeschooled. When she went to live with her sister, she started going to a normal high school.
“Once I moved in with my sister when I was 14 and lived with her till I was 18, I did all the real high school things,” she remembered. “That was amazing, that was so much fun. I kind of caught up on the childhood I didn’t have because I was focusing on acting and work and everything that was leading up to this point. I missed out on a lot of the normal kid things.”
Though her mother’s behavior split her family apart, Winter revealed to LaPalme that her family has slowly but surely come back together. She’s especially grateful for her close relationship with her father.
“When I was younger, we all suffered from the negative effects of my mother. We all kind of separated a little, and everyone was trying to deal with it in their own way,” she explained. “My dad and I were around each other when I was younger, but once I turned 14 and everything that happened with me moving in with my sister, I reconnected with my dad, and we became extremely close. We hang out around four times week, and talk and text all the time. He’s a great friend and good person, and I’m very lucky to have him in my life.”
For the accompanying cover shoot at Hollywood Castle in Los Angeles, Winter posed for photographer Mike Rosenthal in styles inspired by Bettie Page. The sexy, Old Hollywood-esque shoot sees Winter donning a variety of glamorous ensembles featuring fur, plunging necklines and sheer paneling.