Months of feuding between Julia Roberts and her estranged sister Nancy Motes came to an end with Motes’ tragic death by drug overdose in February at the age of 37. And at a May 3 memorial in their hometown of Smyrna, Georgia, Roberts got the last word. Instead of peacefully burying the hatchet with her dead sibling, however, RadarOnline.com has learned that Roberts instead launched a “harsh” and “bizarre” eulogy that left mourners “stunned,” “shocked,” and asking just what they had witnessed.
According to a new report in the National ENQUIRER, Roberts’ remarks went over like a lead balloon from the start. After rising to her feet, choking back the tears, a source told the mag, “She said that after hearing everyone, she felt [ripped off] and pissed!”
“Julia added that Nancy’s … Gone and not coming back,” the source continued. “Julia said that, as her sister, she just wanted to ‘wring’ her neck because she didn’t wait to see the joy that comes with the morning.”
Guests at the memorial “were stunned by Julia’s harsh words,” the source told the ENQUIRER. “But they were even more stunned when she said that she actually admired Nancy for what she did!”
Roberts, 46, insisted that “her sister took control and ended her pain when she had no other tolls to cope with it … She said that she admired that she had the strength to do what she did, to end her pain.”
“When Julia said that, people were really shocked,” the source said. “The whole scene was really bizarre.”
As Radar has reported, Motes’ own fiancé, John Dilbeck, did not attend the service, and other close friends of the deceased were missing as well.
For more on the memorial, including why Roberts’ husband, Danny Moder skipped the funeral, pick up the latest issue of the National ENQUIRER, on stands Thursday!