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Jennette McCurdy is opening up about her childhood trauma.

McCurdy revealed she was “exploited” when she was a child actor on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat.”

The article goes on to state the following:

She says her overbearing mother and the television industry were both to blame, as they “failed to protect her,” according to the New York Times.


McCurdy said, “My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited. There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing.”

According to the New York Times, McCurdy wrote in her new memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” that she experienced many embarrassing moments while working at the network. She said once she was asked to be “photographed in a bikini during a wardrobe fitting and being encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure she simply calls the Creator.”

She said that even with her mom around she never tried to stop this behavior and told McCurdy that this “was the price of showbiz success.”

Allegedly she told her daughter, “Everyone wants what you have.”

Journalist Dave Itzkoff tweeted Wednesday, “My profile of Jennette McCurdy, who writes about her time as a child actor and her harrowing behind-the-scenes life almost no one knew about in a new memoir, ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died.’ When Jennette McCurdy was 16, she was a star of the Nickelodeon teen sitcom ‘iCarly.’ She also lived under the strict control of her mother, Debra, who managed her diet, administered her showers and inspected her body.

“Debra McCurdy died in 2013, leaving Jennette to reclaim her life while still reckoning with all that she had experienced. As Jennette told me, it is an era that, even now, she has difficulty reflecting on. Miranda Cosgrove, the star of ‘iCarly,’ told me that she and McCurdy have remained close friends. But it took many years before Cosgrove learned of what McCurdy was contending with behind the scenes.”

“David Archuleta, the pop singer and American Idol alum, and a friend of McCurdy’s, also had an early career that was closely controlled by a parent. He explained how these relationships can often become destructive. Though it has taken time and a lot of reflection, McCurdy says she is in a better place today.”

McCurdy tweeted, “I’m genuinely thrilled to announce my memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died will be out 8 / 9 / 22. I laughed and cried a lot while writing it and I’m proud of what it’s become. huge thank you to @simonandschuster – especially my editor sean manning.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I am glad that she speaks out. Remember Corey Haim and many others even including Shirley Temple went through the same thing. I am surprised Hollywood didn’t report the child abuse. Smh. Of course not.

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