The actress has never spoken about him publicly, but she is said to have "feared and despised" her alcoholic stepfather Michael Motes.
Pretty Woman Julia Roberts has one of the most charming smiles in Hollywood, but little did we know that the same smile that has enchanted millions of people in real life also hides the shadows of a horrible past.
An old picture of the Oscar-winning actress surfaced online, but it created quite a buzz when the truth behind it also came up. According to Daily Mail, Roberts suffered through a horrific childhood at the hands of her abusive stepfather.
In the photograph, the talented actor is posing with her family and she's wearing a big smile on her face. This is proof that the woman is not just a talented actor but also a really brave woman.
The actress has never spoken about her abusive step-father in public, but she is said to have "feared and despised" her alcoholic stepfather Michael Motes who made her family's lives --- including Julia, her mother, and her siblings - miserable with violence and abuse.
Motes and Roberts' mother Betty were married for 11 years from 1972 to 1983. Betty parted ways from Motes citing "cruel treatment" in her divorce petition and she has also gone on to confess that her marriage was "the biggest mistake I ever made."
While Roberts has never gone on record to speak ill against Motes, her brother and Runaway Train actor Eric Roberts have gone on record to call their stepfather "abusive" several times, reports Mirror.
"It was common knowledge where we grew up that Motes was a freak," Eric said once in an interview, according to The Hollyweird Times. Also, it seems that Motes lives a mere 13 miles away from the family home he abandoned over three decades ago.
The world has forgotten the man who raised one of the biggest superstars of our time. It has also been revealed that Motes, a retired antique dealer, now lives with his partner Timothy Raasch and is a volunteer minister at his local church.
However, when he was confronted about his accusations, he refused to open up to any of the allegations that have been put on him, he instead revealed, that he is writing a book that will clear off "misconceptions" and tell his "side of the story."
"I do not give interviews. I don’t have to justify my answer, the answer is no. I won't talk at this time," he said to the Mail. "I didn’t then (when the allegations first came out) and I do not now. There are a lot of misconceptions. I’m writing a book about my life that will tell my side of the story," he added.
As happy as the photo seems, it hides a lot of pain and suffering. Roberts lost her biological father, Walter Grady Roberts when she was just five years old. Eight months after his demise, Betty exchanged vows with Motes and thereafter, he was the only father figure in Julia's life.
However, until Motes and Betty finally decided to part ways, he found ways to continuously haunt their entire family with various forms of abuse. Julia Roberts has always been known as a strong woman. However, with this piece of information as well, it's safe to say she's got some nerves of steel.