Ariel's sister became her guardian when the actor was a young teen because their mother allegedly abused her.

On Mothers Day Modern Family actor Ariel Winter thanks sister for bringing her up Screengrab
Social Mother's Day Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 16:13

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:

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