Mod­ern Fam­ily is back but its stars are in tur­moil

It’s one of the most suc­cess­ful sit­coms of all time but as they re­turn to our screens this week, the cast are at break­ing point

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ARIEL WIN­TER

Ariel is well-known for her racy out­fits, but be­hind-the-scenes the 20-year-old has faced in­tense fam­ily is­sues. Ariel’s sis­ter Shanelle Work­man filed to be her guardian in 2012, claim­ing their mum Chrisoula Work­man had been “phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally abu­sive”. Chrisoula de­nied the claims, but the star con­firmed in May 2015 she was of­fi­cially eman­ci­pated. One month later, Ariel re­vealed she had un­der­gone breast re­duc­tion surgery af­ter strug­gling to deal with un­wanted at­ten­tion.

ED O’NEILL

View­ers have watched his char­ac­ter, grumpy yet lov­able pa­tri­arch Jay Pritch­ett, come to terms with his son Mitchell’s ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, but in real life Ed, 72, has come un­der fire for com­ments about his former Mar­ried… With Chil­dren co-star Amanda Bearse. “When she started out, she was gay. She’s been gay a long time,” he said. “She was very, very fem­i­nine and cute, and then as the show pro­gressed, that change took place where she then was the more mas­cu­line of the two. As she be­came more mas­cu­line she be­came more snarky.”

SOFIA VER­GARA

While Sofia is hap­pily mar­ried to Spi­der-man stun­ner Joe Man­ganiello, her love-life hasn’t al­ways been so rosy. When the 46-yearold split from ex-fiance Nick Lobe in 2014, they be­came em­broiled in a bit­ter le­gal bat­tle over two frozen em­bryos. The right-to-life law­suit claimed the em­bryos should be born via a sur­ro­gate and that Sofia had “aban­doned” them by leaving them in a tank and there­fore had no parental rights. The com­pli­cated le­gal bat­tle is yet to be re­solved.

TY BUR­RELL

Ty has grown to be one of the most well-re­spected com­edy ac­tors around de­spite not find­ing suc­cess un­til he was in his 40s. Be­fore then, the 51-year-old re­vealed he lived in his van on and off for a year when he was in his late 20s, and strug­gled to get a date. “When my date fig­ured out I was liv­ing in my van, I didn’t hear from her again,” says Ty, who friends say still fears go­ing back to his old life. “I didn’t re­alise I was the creepy guy in a van... the van pretty much elim­i­nated my dat­ing life.”

JULIE BOWEN

Although the pop­u­lar­ity of the show has seen Julie’s ca­reer sky­rocket, it has taken its toll on her per­sonal life. The 48-year-old sep­a­rated from hus­band of 13 years Scott Phillips in Fe­bru­ary af­ter re­veal­ing she was in ther­apy. The cou­ple have three sons, 10-year-old Oliver and twins John and Gus­tav, eight. It seems the pres­sure of her fame was too much for the real es­tate in­vestor, who is now seek­ing spousal sup­port. Julie con­fessed that it’s “tough to be a purse holder” on the red car­pet.

SARAH HYLAND

In light of the #Metoo move­ment, Sarah re­vealed she has been a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault, re­cently tweet­ing she was sub­jected to a hor­rific or­deal by a friend in high school. Sarah also had to file a re­strain­ing or­der against her former boyfriend, ac­tor Matt Prokop, claim­ing he choked her with “a grip so tight that [she] could not breathe or speak”. Over the years, the 27-year-old has also strug­gled with health is­sues, hav­ing suf­fered kid­ney dys­pla­sia as a child and re­ceiv­ing a kid­ney trans­plant from her fa­ther in 2012.

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