There’s little doubt Jennette McCurdy is feeling some relief.
The former Nickelodeon star and child actress will soon release her memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” which heavily focuses on the 30-year-old’s deeply personal struggles with her late mother.
The revelations about the primary subject matter of McCurdy’s memoir will not be the first time the public will hear about the intense struggles that have plagued her personal life for many years.
She has been quite open when it comes to publicly sharing the difficult relationship she had with her mother while growing up. According to one of our reports from earlier this spring chronicling McCurdy’s announcement of her memoir, she had candidly explained to her followers how she felt while processing and writing the book’s material.
McCurdy’s caption read, “I laughed and cried a lot while writing it, and I am proud of what it has become.”
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McCurdy has openly discussed her mother’s preoccupation with her daughter’s fame while McCurdy came of age on TV sets. Last November, we reported McCurdy had told People magazine that her mother had “put pressure on her to pursue a career in theater,” after a young McCurdy had been reluctant to become an actress.
Her mother had initially downplayed McCurdy’s desire to leave the entertainment industry and end her acting career.
McCurdy recalls this memory in her book. ‘I don’t want to act anymore’, I say, before I even realize I’ve said it,” McCurdy writes in her book, “Mom looks at me in the rearview mirror. A mixture of shock and disappointment fills her eyes. I immediately regret saying anything.”
She also adds she had been young enough to still need a booster seat while riding in the car when she had first expressed these feelings. (via The Blast)
McCurdy’s mother would also often perform invasive examinations of her body, including her genitals. These incidents occurred despite a young McCurdy still being “largely uneducated about the changes her body was experiencing” at the time, according to a recent New York Times profile on the actress.
Debra McCurdy also strongly monitored her daughter’s diet, according to the profile. McCurdy would later develop and struggle with an eating disorder.
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McCurdy also recalls specific incidents related to her career, which contributed to her distaste for being an actress.
She was not mum when discussing Nickelodeon’s unjust efforts to restrict any future career plans which would ultimately prevent any potential growth.
The network allegedly did not extend the same harsh restrictions for McCurdy’s “Sam & Cat” co-star Ariana Grande.
The frustration eventually came to a head for McCurdy.
“What finally undid me,” she begins in her reflection of Nickelodeon’s unfair treatment, “was when Ariana came whistle-toning with excitement because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’ house.” (via The Blast)
The news of her personal undoing had been a surprise to another one of McCurdy’s famous co-stars.
It’s no secret McCurdy rose to fame for her role on Nickelodeon’s smash-hit “iCarly” where she starred alongside fellow child actress and now-alumna of various Nickelodeon programming, Miranda Cosgrove.
Cosgrove and McCurdy spent a lot of time together on set, and the aforementioned New York Times profile describes the actresses as being close to one another, Cosgrove really had no idea about the extent of her friend’s personal struggles behind the scenes.
“When you’re young, you’re so in your own head,” Cosgrove, 29, told the New York Times, “You can’t imagine that people around you are having much harder struggles.”
The publication revealed Cosgrove had grown quieter before she finished her statement.
“You don’t expect things like that from the person in the room who’s making everyone laugh,” she shared.
“I’m Glad My Mom Died” will be released on August 9th.