Those old friends we surround ourselves with are some of the most treasured figures in our lives!
Former Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy knows a thing or two about surrounding herself with those important people. The 30-year-old actress and newly minted author released her memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died” earlier this week.
McCurdy’s memoir has been highly-anticipated. The book marks the first time she has ever spoken in detail about her troubled relationship with her mother and the struggles she endured as a former child star. McCurdy speaks in candid detail about her relationships with former co-stars, including ”Sam & Cat’s” Ariana Grande, and “iCarly” bestie Miranda Cosgrove.
McCurdy hasn’t minced words when it comes to the details of her relationship with the future pop star. The Blast has covered the revelations which were revealed shortly before “I’m Glad My Mom Died” was released.
McCurdy alleges multiple times Grande was fond of “whistle-toning” over the advantages and stories she experienced while on the road to superstardom; those career-related advantages were not awarded to McCurdy.
She attributes those restrictions to Nickelodeon.
“They’re giving you $300,000, and the only thing they want you to do is never talk publicly about your experience at Nickelodeon,” McCurdy wrote, “What the f**k? Nickelodeon is offering me $300,000 in hush money to not talk publicly about my experience on the show? This is a network with shows made for children. Shouldn’t they have some sort of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to report to some sort of ethical standard?” she asks in her memoir. (per The Blast)
Other Insights Inside Of ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’
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A large focus of McCurdy’s memoir focuses on the emotional abuse her late mother, Debra McCurdy, inflicted on her throughout her childhood and teen years.
“I’m Glad My Mom Died” features countless stories where McCurdy held back and put aside her wants and needs to appease her mother.
According to our deep-dive report of the book, the late Mrs. McCurdy frequently dismissed her daughter’s requests to leave show business behind.
A particular story included in the book revolves around a car ride where the teenage McCurdy tells her mother, “I don’t want to act anymore.”
She writes she was met with “shock” and “disappointment” from her mother, her reaction leaving her full of regret for bringing her desire up.
Her mother’s reactions were often hysterical and revolved around gaslighting.
“Don’t be silly, you love acting,” Mrs. McCurdy responded to her daughter’s request, “It’s your favorite thing in the world.” McCurdy also added her mother’s words were said “in a way that makes it sound like a threat.”
McCurdy Responds To Her Memoir’s Success
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“I’m Glad My Mom Died”s release week has been filled with interviews and promotion for McCurdy. Earlier this week she sat down for a tell-all interview with Good Morning America.
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McCurdy has also been interacting with her fans on social media. Upon the news the hardback edition of “I’m Glad My Mom Died” had sold out on Amazon, McCurdy wrote an iPhone thank you note!
She thanked fans for their kind words, writing the reactions have been “meaningful and fulfilling in a singular way.”
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“I’m Glad My Mom Died” has not only gained the attention of national news outlets and McCurdy’s fanbase, but it has also landed on the radar of a fellow Nickelodeon alumni.
In a fun six degrees of separation type of connection, former “Drake and Josh” star and current internet personality Josh Peck showered McCurdy with praise on social media.
In his Instagram post, Peck wrote, “My friend Jennette wrote a book, and it’s out today. She’s brave, funny, and thoughtful in ways few are. Get it today!” (via People)