Attendees at the memorial of Julia Roberts’ half-sister Nancy Motes have revealed that the Hollywood actress apparently delivered “harsh” and “bizarre” words in her eulogy.
Roberts and Motes, who died of a drug overdose in February, had reportedly always had a strained relationship, but friends and family were “stunned” and “shocked” by Roberts’ strange speech.
“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,” a source told The National Enquirer.
According to the source, Roberts also said that her half-sister was “dead and not coming back” and admitted that she felt “pissed” after hearing others speak about her estranged sibling.
In a strange twist, the 46-year-old then applauded her sister, whose death is being treated as a suicide, for having the strength to end her own life.
“[Roberts said] her sister took control and ended her pain when she had no other tools to cope with it…She said that she admired that she had the strength to do what she did, to end her pain,” the source said.
Motes’ fiance John Dilbeck has also spoken out about the actress’ strange behaviour, alleging that she banned him from attending the memorial service.
“It really hurts,” Dilbeck told Radar Online. “I was very frustrated and hurt by it. I needed to voice being hurt, because Nancy’s voice is being silenced.”
Motes, who shares the same mother as Roberts, had abused the actress on Twitter in the weeks leading up to her death.
“So my ‘sister’ said that with all her friends & fans she doesn’t need anymore love,” Motes wrote. “Just so you all know ‘America’s Sweetheart” is a B***H!!””
Despite their difficult relationship, Roberts is said to be heartbroken after her half-sister’s death.
“It’s just heartbreak,” she told WSJ magazine in an interview that ran last month. “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.”