Julia Roberts breaks her silence on sister’s suicide

Julia Roberts says her family is devastated over the death of her sister, despite the feud that divided them.

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Julia Roberts has broken her silence over the suicide of her sister Nancy Motes.

In an interview with WSJ Magazine, the Normal Heart actress says her family is “shocked and devastated” over the unexpected demise of Motes but explains they are getting through it by looking ahead to the future.

“It’s just heartbreak,” she told the mag. “It’s only been 20 days. There aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It’s hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead. You don’t want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world.

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“But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family. It’s so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family.”

The Oscar-winning actress had a contentious relationship with Motes, and the troubled woman named and shamed Roberts both on Twitter and in her suicide note as the cause of her problems — a family feud the tabloids ate up. While she did not address Motes’ accusations directly, she did say that kind of tabloid attention is one reason the star tries to fly under the radar whenever possible.

“I think there is a dehumanization that goes with fame, especially in the present culture of it, which isn’t the culture I started off in,” Roberts said. “There wasn’t this analysis of every iota of every moment of every day. Nobody cared about what you wore, nobody cared what haircut you had, if you had on makeup or didn’t — it’s become this sort of sport.”

Motes was found dead February 9 of a drug overdose. A long suicide note was found with her body.