I say “former,” because the Crazy Rhubarb Lady is currently America’s Sweetheart, obviously.
Julia Roberts half-sister, Nancy Motes, tells The New York Daily News that part of her decision to have gastric bypass surgery 3 years ago had a lot to do with her sister making fun of her fatness for most of her life. Nancy and Julia both could knock corn out of a cob just by flaring their ten tons of TEEFS at it, but their physical similarities pretty much end there. Nancy says that Julia was always tall and skinny and she was always the opposite of that. Just like a lot of abuelitas and bitchy skinny siblings, Julia always let Nancy know she was chunkilicious and needed to replace the “eat” and “love” in Eat, Pray, Love with “diet” and “exercise.”
“When I was in high school and she was an adult, she would just let me know that I was definitely overweight. She would make it quite clear to me and in a not-so-nice a manner. It just makes me feel incredibly hurt and very sad.”
Nancy, who is 8 years younger than Julia, says that after high school she moved to Los Angeles to become an actress like her half-sister and her other siblings Eric Roberts and Lisa Roberts. But Julia told her that she was too overweight to be an actress. Nancy took her ass back to Georgia and moved into her mom’s basement. Nancy later moved back to L.A. and Julia helped her get a job as a production assistant on Glee. Nancy says that she got the sads in a major way while in L.A. and her weight hit 289 pounds. Around that time, Julia made a joke about her weight and Nancy told her to fuck off.
Nancy got gastric bypass three years ago and now she weighs 155 pounds. Nancy hopes that her relationship with Julia will be a little bit better now that she’s skinnier. (In other words, Nancy hopes that they can have a better relationship now that Julia can’t call her a fat ho anymore.)
“I think we’re both trying to change our opinions of each other. It’s a work in progress. It’s not going to be fixed overnight, nor do I think it’s going to be fixed at this point by me just getting skinny. My family, we love each other absolutely. I love Julia absolutely, and I have no doubt she loves me.”
And I have no doubt that Julia is going to have Nancy blacklisted from Hollywood FOREVER for spilling the not-at-all-secret fact that she’s an asshole. But what I’ve really learned from this is that America’s Sweethearts was a biopic and Julia played Nancy and Catherine Zeta-Jones played Julia. America’s Sweethearts IS real life.