Martha Stewart is Mommie Dearest in Daughter’s New Boook, ‘Whateverland’

By: Brodie Scott
10.3.2011

Martha Stewart may be the perfect hostess, but her daughter Alexis says she “grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head."

Alexis has never shied away from poking fun at her domestic goddess Mom, with her series “Whatever, Martha,” but her new tell-all, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, says home life with Martha as mom was far from perfect.

Co-authored with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, U.K.'s Daily Mail quoted an excerpt about how mom, "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."

The only daughter of mogul Stewart also says the happy holidays held little warmth for her as a child.

"Martha was not interested in being kid friendly," she writes. "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 no fun, either: "There were no costumes. There was no anything. We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren’t home.”

Among other revelations, including that her mother kept no prepared foods in her house, had "a very hands-off approach to child rearing;" and that Martha refused to buy her a bra when she hit puberty, don’t seem to have caused any love loss between Alexis and her famous Mom.

Stewart dedicates her new book to her mother, who offered some odd praise for Alexis in the book:

"She's her own person. She makes up her own mind. I sometimes try to offer advice, but if it's not taken, so be it. She really did pay attention. She really does know how to do everything. And still she chooses not to follow in my footsteps."

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