America's Next Top Model just wrapped Cycle 23 — but the drama is far from over! Click through these slides to find out why Courtney Nelson's mom claims she lied about her upbringing to gain sympathy at the expense of her family!
Sandra Nelson told RadarOnline.com exclusively that Courtney, 25, was never homeless, despite what she said on the show. "From 1996 till 2006 we lived in San Bruno," California, she told Radar, adding that they moved seven miles away to San Mateo.
Sandra told Radar that Courtney's lies began in elementary school, when she wrote a fake story about her upbringing for a $500 contest prize. Then, Courtney stuck with the story for the rest of her life to garner sympathy, she claims.
"She's had Nintendo, Xbox, Guitar Hero — she was always a very spoiled child," Courtney's mom claimed.
"She had four Princess outfits," she said. "She went to Disneyland four to six times a year!"
Courtney's good fortune carried into her adult life, and she even wore a $1,200 dress from Bloomingdales to her junior prom, according to her mom.
"My daughter has always been my life," Sandra affirmed. "I love her always. But, I don't like her right now. I expected her to be a caring, honest, respectable person."
"She said she had no parents and was homeless," Sandra recalled. "After that I didn't sleep."
But, Courtney insisted in a recent interview that her heartbreaking story was true.
"I wanted to bring a voice and be able to have people relate to me because of the things I've been through," Courtney told Entertainment Weekly. "I wanted to open up, and I feel like I did… The other girls had a completely different idea of me, because nobody knew about my past. Once I opened up, they got a clearer picture of who I am and it completely shut down any preconceived ideas about who I might've been."
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