Hollywood actor Ariel Winter who is known to most of us as Alex from Modern Family wished her sister Shanelle Gray on Mother's Day through her Instagram account.
Ariel said that Shanelle was an "unbelievable sister" who had raised her to be the woman that she was. Not many people know this about Ariel Winter - her sister filed for guardianship because their mother, Chrisoula Workman, was allegedly physically and emotionally abusive towards Ariel.
Shanelle is also an actor and is 20 years older to Ariel. She was therefore already an adult when she filed for guardianship. The court battle was ugly with Ariel's lawyers alleging that Chrisoula Workman denied her daughter food and that she was extremely controlling, interfering heavily in her work.
Chrisoula, on her part, denied the charges and claimed that Ariel was rebelling against her because as a mother, she had broken up her inappropriate relationship with a boyfriend and objected to certain other things she wasn't comfortable with Ariel doing at her age.
Ariel was finally "emancipated" by the court in 2015, when she was seventeen years of age. Her sister Shanelle also testified against the mother in the case, alleging that she'd been a victim of abuse, too.
Read Ariel's post here:
Happy Mother's Day to all the incredible mothers. I was lucky enough to have an unbelievable sister who raised me to be the woman I am today. I wouldn't be anywhere without her love and guidance. She's my rock and my best friend in the entire world. There's no one more loving, caring, smart, and beautiful inside and out as Shanelle Gray❤️She's the best mom, wife, sister, friend, and business woman in the world:) Skylar, Parker, David and I are beyond lucky. Thank you for all you are. You are so appreciated and loved.