According to Martha Stewart's daughter Alexis, her childhood was anything but the domestic bliss that Stewart marketed on her TV show and in books.
In 'Whateverland: Learning to Live Here', Alexis writes: "Martha does everything better! You can't win! If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again... I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head."
She writes that her mom had an unromantic approach to holidays: "Martha was not interested in being kid friendly. She used to make me wrap my own presents. She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, 'Now wrap these but don't look inside.'"
Halloween was also a grim affair: "There were no costumes. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home."
She also said that Martha had a bizarre habit of using the bathroom with the door wide open: "Mother always peed with the door open. I remember saying, 'You know, now I have friends over! You can't do that anymore! It’s gotta stop! My friends’ parents don’t do it! Give me a break here! I don’t feel like being embarrassed! It’s exhausting! I’m a kid! Stop!'"
And for a woman who made her name with a recipe book, the refrigerator was always empty: "There was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food ... There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind."
Alexis reveals more secrets that could turn stomachs: "My mother has a sign on all of her doors to take your shoes off. 'For god's sake! My mother's dogs p*** and s*** on her rugs and she's telling people to take their shoes off?"
"My mother will occasionally complain that I don’t invite her over for dinner. But can you blame me? Because, sometimes this is what will happen: whatever I serve, she’ll sip it, taste it, make a face, and push it away."
Alexis recalled when she reached puberty, her mother refused to buy her a bra: "Maybe my mother had bra issues. (She) told me that her mother wouldn’t let her buy a bra when she needed one... so some of her friends gave her some bras. When my grandmother found the bras in the closet, she screamed at my mother and slapped her for having them."
Martha, who has a net worth of $970 million according to Forbes, is also, apparently, a chronic hoarder writes Alexis: "My mother would go to tag sales constantly. She owns hundreds of tablecloths. She won't let go of anything. She takes things from New York City, then puts them in her house in Westchester. Then she takes them back from Westchester to the city again, then she puts (them) in the Hamptons. And then she hires another truck that takes it to Maine... In some weird way she thinks she's saving money because she's not wasting anything."