Julia Roberts' half sister Nancy Motes was found dead of an apparent drug overdose. She was 37. Motes was discovered by her fiance John Dilbeck on Sunday in a bathtub. Reportedly there were prescription and non-prescription drugs found at the scene. There will be an autopsy, but results could take weeks.
Julia and Nancy have the same mother -- Betty Lou Motes. Nancy was in the planning stages of her May wedding and also appeared to have been having issues with her famous sister as evidenced in several tweets over the last couple of months. The sibling feud was something mentioned many times over the years and anyone with sisters or brothers knows that these things happen. Family is family but sometimes not everyone gets along all the time. These issues the sisters appear to have had are probably going to be something that is going to deeply affect Julia for the rest of her life. Some of the last tweets Nancy sent out were apparent attacks at America's Sweetheart.
On January 19, Nancy wrote on her Twitter: "So my 'sister' said that with all her friends & fans she doesn’t need anymore love. Just so you all know 'America’s Sweetheart' is a B***H!!"
That tweet followed with, "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?" and "I must admit I maybe going to far ... But I never been so angry in my life. I’m actually a pretty easygoing, peaceful person."
Back in October she had written: "Feeling blessed, even though I’m sick as a dog! I’m very grateful that I have my loves family, since my own family has abandoned me."
But there were moments of love as well. On December 19, Nancy wrote: "I must remember how blessed I am even in this very low point in my life. I want ALL of my family to have an awesome magical Christmas!"
Last year, Nancy was quoted by the Daily News that her relationship with Julia was a work in progress. "It's not going to be fixed overnight," she shared. It was also said that Julia didn't want to attend her sister's wedding because she had issues with the groom. And the sisters have had other public debates -- most notably on Nancy's weight, which Julia reportedly criticized her about.
This is all just terribly sad. I hope the Motes and Roberts family are able to help each other through this very difficult time. From this, maybe we can all learn that we should continue to love each other even when someone seems unlovable. We all need support, the more successful sister, too -- everyone -- especially at our hardest times, even at the times it seems others are pushing us away.
Have you ever had a feud with members of your family? How do you resolve them?
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