Julia Roberts may have struggled to come to grips with half-sister Nancy Motes‘ suicide, but that didn’t stop her from delivering a “harsh” eulogy at her memorial.
The Oscar winner, 46, allegedly shocked those in attendance when she
laid into her estranged younger sibling during the May 3 service,
reports The National Enquirer (via Radar).
“She said that after hearing everyone, she felt [ripped off] and pissed!” a source told the tabloid.
“Julia added that Nancy’s … gone and not coming back,” the source
added. “Julia said that, as her sister, she just wanted to ‘wring’ her
neck because she didn’t wait to see the joy that comes with the
As shocked as the crowd may have been at the “Pretty Woman” star’s
condemnation of her sister, what came next was even more bizarre: The
actress reportedly said she was proud of what her sister had done.
According to the tabloid’s source, Roberts said that “her sister took
control and ended her pain when she had no other tools to cope with it …
She said that she admired that she had the strength to do what she did,
to end her pain.”
“It’s just heartbreak,” she told WSJ magazine
in an interview that ran last month. “It’s only been 20 days. There
aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through in these last
20 days. It’s hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.”
Roberts’ half-sister Nancy Motes left five-page suicide letter
detailing her tortured relationship with Oscar-winning actress: source
late half-sister left a suicide note citing her tortured relationship
with the Oscar winner, a source close to the investigation told the
Daily News Tuesday.
"It was definitely a suicide. She left a five-page suicide letter. The EMT found it," the source told The News.
"There were three pages of rantings that her sister drove her to do
this. There was one page to her mom, telling her how much she loved her,
and one page apologizing to (her fiancé John Dilbeck)," the source
Dilbeck found the body of Nancy Motes, 37, about 2 p.m. Sunday in a
bathtub filled with water at a Los Angeles home, the source said.
Motes had been pet-sitting for a client who rented the home. She may
have been dead for about 12 hours before her body was found, the source
“It looks like a pill overdose," the source said.
Motes, a Georgia native, was the daughter of Roberts' mother, Betty Lou, and stepfather, Michael Motes.
She had a falling out with Roberts, 46, after giving a tell-all
interview last summer and accusing the “Pretty Woman” actress of
blocking her access to their sick mother, the source said.
In the days leading up to Motes' death, she sounded emotionally unstable in posts on her Twitter account.
"So my 'sister' said that with all her friends & fans she doesn't
need any more love. Just so you all know 'America's Sweetheart' is a
B----!!'" she tweeted on Jan. 20, referring to Roberts' star turn in the
2001 rom-com “America's Sweethearts.”
“Do you want to be a fan of someone so cruel? She's not even that good
of an actress. Happy you totally F---ed with me?" she added in a
"(M)y own family has abandoned me," Motes tweeted Jan. 22.
The News confirmed the @Dabbs76 Twitter handle belonged to Motes before
her death. The angry tweets were still visible late Monday but had
disappeared by early Tuesday.
Motes long struggled with being overweight and living in her movie star sister's shadow.
In August, Motes gave an interview claiming Roberts criticized her appearance as a teen.
"When I was in high school and she was an adult, she would just let me
know that I was definitely overweight," Motes said at the time.
"It just makes me feel incredibly hurt and very sad," added Motes, who
once weighed nearly 300 pounds before her decision to undergo gastric
bypass surgery in June 2010.
She said she hoped her transformation would help repair their fractured
relationship, but she noted it was still "a work in progress."
"It's not going to be fixed overnight, nor do I think it's going to be
fixed at this point by me just getting skinny," she said.
Craig Harvey, chief of coroner investigations for Los Angeles County,
told The News that Motes "was found in a bathtub that contained water.
There were prescription and nonprescription drugs found at the scene.
The role the drugs may or may not have played is not yet known."
An autopsy was completed as of Tuesday morning, but the cause of death
was deferred pending additional toxicology tests, coroner spokesman Ed
I'm glad she was honest about how she felt, as long as she wasn't being disrespectful. If they didn't have a good relationship, I don't see why she had to act like they did. Going against the grain like that at a funeral is a courageous thing to do ...'cuz most people go there and pretend.
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