Oscar award-winning actress Julia Roberts and her family experienced the tragic loss of Nancy Motes Sunday afternoon. Nancy Motes (Julia Roberts’ half-sister) was reportedly found dead in the home of a surgeon on Bundy Drive outside of Los Angeles, California where she was pet sitting. Authorities found her body in a water-filled bathtub with prescription drugs as well as non-prescription drugs on the scene. Initially Nancy Motes’ death was reported as a suicide. But according to Fox News, the authorities are now investigating a possible drug overdose. Many fans have been raising the question of Julia Roberts’ love for her sister.
Much of the public was not aware the famed actress Julia Roberts had a sister. Her brother, Eric Roberts, had been in the news in the past for his drug addiction and feud with Julia Roberts. The siblings were estranged for many years over Julia siding with Eric’s ex-wife for custody of their children. People magazine reported it wasn’t until the birth of Julia’s twins that the brother and sister became a family unit again. Ironically, Julia had been allegedly estranged from younger sister, Nancy Motes, 37, as well. Nancy reportedly told the NY Daily News back in 2013 that her older sister Julia made hurtful comments to her when she was growing up because Motes weighed over 300 pounds. Motes had gastric bypass surgery in 2010 to end her battle with weight and possibly to have a relationship with her older sister. Motes went on to say that after losing almost half of her weight, her relationship with Julia Roberts was still a work in progress. LA Times reported Motes saying she loves her sister and she has no doubt she loves her in return.
Nancy Motes (a professional pet sitter and dog walker) was found by her fiancé who was planning to marry her in May of this year. The family reported they are devastated by the sudden loss. Nancy Motes was a daughter, sister and an aunt.
There have been no reports of Julia Roberts making a statement at this time. The actress was scheduled to attend an Oscar luncheon, but notably was not in attendance. The luncheon was to honor past winners and nominees. Roberts won her first academy award for her best supporting role in the acclaimed film Steel Magnolias. She is known for her amazing performances in such films at Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Erin Brockovich, Pelican Brief, Sleeping With the Enemy and the list continues. In 2007, she starred alongside two Oscar award winners, Tom Hanks and the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Charlie Wilson’s War. A day that should have been another possible celebrated milestone for the accomplished actress turned into tragedy as the media searches to find answers behind the relationship between the two sisters.
Much of the public has been speculating Motes’ weight loss was a cry to receive approval from her famed sister. Given the fact that Julia Roberts has been documented as one of the top 50 most beautiful people in the world by People magazine while her sister was allegedly struggling with obesity, many would say this could not have been easy for a young Nancy Motes. Roberts has not made a statement regarding the death of her younger sister, and it is unknown what the relationship was between the two. Drug addiction reportedly was the root to the long-time feud between Julia and her brother Eric, but there are no reports of Nancy Motes’ battling drug addiction as the cause of the estrangement between the sisters. Many who have suffered addiction or have had close family members who have battled addiction understand the possible devastation and strain drugs can have on relationships. Most would say it is very difficult to judge how a loved one should respond to a family member’s addiction. Many celebrities find it very difficult to keep their personal matters private. However, Julia Roberts is one star who has been able to keep a certain mystique around her personal life. The public may never know what transpired between the two sisters before Nancy Motes’ death. Many would say love, whether in romance or family, can’t always be defined or explained for outsiders to understand. And in some cases, it simply doesn’t need to be.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner