Alexis Stewart, daughter of domestic goddess Martha Stewart, says life growing up with mom was far from idyllic. In a new book, Stewart’s daughter details alleged privations and how she was affected by her mother’s neuroses for perfection.
“Whateverland: Learning to Live Here,” co-written with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, makes Stewart out as an eccentric career-driven absentee parent. This isn’t the first time Alexis and Jennifer have attempted to build a brand on the elder Stewart’s shoulders. They regularly bash her on their Fine Living Network show, “Whatever Martha.”
In the book, due out Oct 18, Alexis says she “grew up with a glue gun pointed at [her] head.” And that’s not all. Here are some more excerpts, originally posted by the U.K.’s Daily Mail:
- “Martha was not interested in being kid friendly. She used to make me wrap my own presents. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, ‘Now wrap these but don’t look inside.'”
- “There were no costumes [at Halloween]. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home.”
- “Mother always peed with the door open. I remember saying, ‘You know, now I have friends over! You can’t do that anymore! It’s gotta stop! My friends’ parents don’t do it! Give me a break here! I don’t feel like being embarrassed! It’s exhausting! I’m a kid! Stop!”
- “There was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food … There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.”
Alexis also writes about this unusual advice supposedly given by her mother:
- “A woman lived near us when I was little had married someone very wealthy and very unattractive, and my mother actually told me when I was a small child, ‘Now Alexis, if this ever happens, you make sure you have sex with somebody else to have their baby. Don’t have his baby.'”
At the beginning of the book, Alexis thanks her mother for “not getting angry” about anything within.