Julia Roberts' Mother Hospitalized After Other Daughter's Suicide

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 09:24 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Julia Roberts' mother Betty Lou Motes has been hospitalized following the suicide of her other daughter, Nancy Motes. Motes is the half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress and her brother Eric Roberts.

Conflicting reports as to the reason for Betty Lou's hospitalization have since surfaced, with Britain's Daily Mail attributing it to "an apparent drug overdose," while the celebrity gossip site RadarOnline.com reported she was diagnosed with lung cancer.

There have been no confirmations released by the Roberts' family.

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The half-sister Nancy Motes was found dead in her Los Angeles home of an apparent drug overdose on Feb. 9. According to a friend of Motes, the 37-year-old had previously been cut off from the family by Roberts, the New York Daily News.

In an interview with the New York tabloid last Thursday, 30-year-old Jerem Hutcheson, a close friend of Motes, told the newspaper that last summer the Hollywood began isolating her half-sister from their mother by changing Betty Lou's locks and cell phone number.

"Nancy was very close with her mom, and when they changed the locks and (later) relocated her, it was devastating to Nancy," Hutcheson told the Daily News. "She couldn’t reach her mom when she needed her most."

As to why the star would allegedly do such a thing, the friend added, "I think (Roberts) was resentful of the relationship Nancy shared with their mom and also did it out of spite."

Hutcheson also disputed reports that Motes had been a drug addict.

"Nancy didn’t have a drug problem," Hutcheson said. "She had an overly emotional moment and acted on it."

Roberts has yet to address the allegations leveled against her by friends of her deceased half-sister.

Following Motes' death, the Roberts family released a statement saying: "It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes. . . Confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose. . . The family is both shocked and devastated."

Last August, Motes told the New York Daily News that Roberts had teased her mercilessly about her weight for years and bullied her into undergoing bypass surgery.

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In the weeks leading up to her overdose, Motes posted a series of disparaging tweets about Roberts.

"So my 'sister' said that with all her friends & fans she doesn’t need any more love. Just so you all know 'America's Sweetheart' is a B----!!" Motes tweeted Jan. 20 adding later in the day "Do you want to be a fan of someone so cruel? She’s not even that good of an actress."

Two days later Motes tweeted, "(M)y own family has abandoned me."

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