Jennette McCurdy says her abusive late mom forced her to shower with older brother at age 11
McCurdy says they have she and her brother have bonded since they went through the alleged abuse together
CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA: 'I'm Glad My Mom Died' author Jennette McCurdy recently claimed she was 11 when her abusive late mother forced her to shower with his older brother. At Red Table Talk on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the iCarly star read aloud one of the most heartless emails she received from her mother.
The 30-year-old former Nickelodeon star talks to co-hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, and Adrienne Banfield Norris about "decades of torment, exploitation, and manipulation inflicted by her very own mother" after "years of suffering in silence" in the new episode of the Facebook Watch original series. Her mother, Debbie McCurdy, died of cancer in 2013. In her new memoir, 'I Glad My Mom Died,' the former Nickelodeon star recalls her early fame and early struggles.
McCurdy reads aloud an email she once got from her mother informing her that she had come across a TMZ photo of her daughter with a male friend. While reading, she specifically mentioned the occasions when she and her brother Scott were allegedly asked by their mother to take showers together. "Mom showers me with Scotty sometimes. “He’s almost 16 at this point. I get really embarrassed when she showers us together. I can tell he does too."
The 30-year-old former 'iCarly' star also explained that they would both "look away from each other" and seek ways to distract themselves. She continued reading "When she showers us together, mom says it’s because she’s got too much to do." Jennette also has brothers Dustin and Marcus. She further read, "Scotty asked if he could shower himself own once. Mom sobbed and said she didn’t want him to grow up so he never asked again after that."
Even when she took a shower by herself, Jennette continued, her mother allegedly still performed a "breast" and "front butt exam" to look for cancerous lumps. "I say OK, because I definitely don’t want cancer, and since mom’s had it and all, she would know if I do."
In addition to other terrifying tales, Jennette claimed that her mother put her on a restricted diet that ultimately caused her to need a booster seat in the car at the age of 14, called her a "slut" when she started dating, and lied about who her biological father was.
McCurdy assured Pinkett Smith that she still has a "beautiful bond" with her brothers when she was questioned by the actress about how that experience affected her "dynamic" with Scott, who is now 35. "I’m so close with all three of my brothers, and they have been a source of love and consistency in my life when there really wasn’t much anywhere else," the child star said in the show.