Ariel Winter's Mom Voices Concern Over Daughter's Racy Photos: 'I Feel This Is a Cry for Help'
Crystal Workman spoke to Inside Edition exclusively.
Crystal Workman is saying she wants her daughter to have some respect for herself after the 19-year-old wore a dress with two thigh-high slits Sunday, which has followed other revealing photos she has posted to Instagram.
“I just want to see her have respect for herself and have some class,” Workman said.
The mother added that there was one photo in particular that bothered her most.
“That one in particular where her leg is raised and she is holding a martini glass, all I could do was cry and feel sorry for her,” she admitted.
The Modern Family star fired back in a social media rant Tuesday.
“Screw always having to look appropriate and fashionable,” she said. “I wear what I like and no one should fault me for that.”
Earlier this year, Winter was criticized for wearing a cutout gold minidress at an event with her co-stars, who were all casually dressed.
“I feel that Ariel is starving for attention," the distraught mom said. "I feel this is a cry help from my child."
Workman’s relationship with her daughter has been strained for many years. When Winter was 14, she took her mom to court, claiming physical and emotional abuse.
In court papers, Winter accused her mom of slapping, hitting and pushing her. Her sister was given legal guardianship. Workman denies the allegations.
“When you are that rich and you're in Hollywood and you have attorneys, you don't have to listen to your parents. You can take them down,” Workman said.
She says her daughter will not speak to her.
Financial problems recently forced Workman to sell the three-bedroom home in Los Angeles where Winter grew up.
“She used to go in the backyard with her friends and swing,” she recalled. “Other times she'd be riding her bike up and down here like a little daredevil.”
While her daughter was making a reported $100,000 per episode on Modern Family, the mother found herself homeless. She has now moved into a storage facility.
“I lived in a storage space. There was no heat, no air for over a year-and-a-half,” she said.
Her bathroom was a 4-by-6-foot space but she admitted that the hardest part was that her daughters knew where she was.
“What was difficult was that my daughters knew I was living there,” she said.
The cluttered room is filled with boxes that contain memories from the life she once shared with her famous daughter.
She wants to make amends with Winter and fix what has been broken for many years.
“It's time to fix your relationship with your mom,” she said. “Every girl needs her mom and every mom needs her daughter.”
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