HER TEENAGE HELL

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Ariel Win­ter has opened up about the hell she went through as a child star.

The Mod­ern Fam­ily star is still only 19, but she has al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced enough ca­reer drama to last a life­time, win­ning a bat­tle to force her mother to give up cus­tody of her when she was 14.

In a new The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter ex­pose, the teenager re­veals an on-set teacher re­ported the ac­tress’ mother Crys­tal Work­man to of­fi­cials at the Los An­ge­les Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices — and that move started a lengthy fam­ily tug-o-war be­tween Win­ter’s mom and sis­ter Shanelle Gray, who won cus­tody of her si­b­ling.

Claim­ing she was pushed into show­busi­ness by her mom, Win­ter tells the out­let she was placed on a “very, very re­stricted” diet, forced to wear in­ap­pro­pri­ate clothes, and pres­sured to get work as a young ac­tress. “You don’t get to mess up when you have some­body around you who is con­stantly watch­ing,” she says. “I went through a re­ally rough pe­riod, a re­ally bad chap­ter,” she ex­plains, re­veal­ing on­line trolls have al­ways made her life hell. “It was au­to­mat­i­cally ‘You’re a fat slut. You’re a whore’. I was like, ‘Maybe I’m go­ing to lose some weight, dye my hair, change how I dress... Maybe I’m do­ing some­thing wrong ’. I ac­tu­ally got more hate by try­ing to change.”

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