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‘It's Just Heartbreak’: Julia Roberts Breaks Silence About Late Sister’s Suicide

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Apr. 22 2014, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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Julia Roberts expressed only grief and sadness in finally opening up about the suicide of half-sister Nancy Motes two months ago, not addressing any of the bad blood the two reportedly had leading up to the tragic death, or details about her loved one’s despair.

“It's just heartbreak,” the 46-year-old Oscar-winner told WSJ magazine of Motes. “It's hour-by-hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead.

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The Dying Young star said, “You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world. But any situation of challenge and despair, we must find a way, as a family.

The Notting Hill star, who missed a series of award season events in mourning her late relative, conceded that it’s been difficult for her “to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family.”


“There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through,” the Steel Magnolias star, 46, said of the immediate aftermath of the death.

As we previously reported, Motes was found dead at 37 Feb. 9 in what officials indicated was a suicide via overdose, with Los Angeles County Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter confirming that notes were found at the scene, as well as "both prescription and nonprescription pills."

Roberts’ upcoming film, The Normal Heart, debuts May 25 on HBO at 9/8c.

If anyone you know, is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please immediately seek help. You can speak with a skilled, trained counselor at a national Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7 — call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).



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