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Ariel Winter on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ariel Winter talks estranged mother, emancipation

22 March 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Ariel Winter has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the “Modern Family” actress talked about her estranged mother and her road to being emancipated.

The 18-year-old has suffered for years regarding personal battle and she talked about it on the show. The actress plays the teenage daughter of a nuclear family of the ABC show but she said that behind the cameras, she is not at all the perfect daughter as she has been in a legal battle with her mother for years.

In May 2015, Winter has revealed that she has become emancipated and she elaborated on it with DeGeneres. Winter shared, "Emancipation is basically you become your own entity. Nobody controls you anymore. You handle your own business affairs, your own living arrangements; your own money. Everything is sort of in your own hands."

Winter has been battling her mother legally as she alleged that she has been inflicting emotional and physical pain on her. The mother, identified as Chrisoula Workman, has reportedly not spoken to Winter for three years now. Before being emancipated, Winter has become the responsibility of her older sister and co-actress, Shanelle Workman.

The “Modern Family” star added, "From 14-17 [years old] it was a legal custody battle. My sister was granted temporary custody first and then when I was 17 in the beginning of the year she was granted permanent custody. To kind of just move forward with the process and end it all together, we got me emancipated and I could just handle my own affairs." Winter continued to say that her sister is the best part of her life and she considers her as her best friend.

Winter moved on to talk about her mother saying that she does not want to share publicly the real reason why they have not talked in years as she said that she wants to still give the respect that her mother did not give her. She added, “It just really didn't try to fix anything with me. It just tried to make herself look better and I'm not interested in that. People can make their own judgments. I did what I had to do for myself.”

The 18-year-old is enrolled in school and is currently applying for college. She has hopes of becoming a lawyer.