Ariel Winter Speaks Out After Her Mother’s ‘Cry for Help’ Comment: ‘Very Sad’

“Modern Family” star’s estranged mother told “Inside Edition” that her daughter is “starving for attention”

Last Updated: September 20, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Ariel Winter is speaking out, after her estranged mother Crystal Workman claimed that the “Modern Family” star’s provocative wardrobe choices are a “cry for help.”

Winter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to share her thoughts, and while the actress didn’t specifically call out Workman by name, the target of her tweet seemed pretty clear.

“Very sad when someone chooses a public forum to reach out to someone,” Winter wrote. “Also sad when that reach out comes in the form of criticizing.”

Winter’s tweet came a day after Workman gave an interview to Inside Edition. Discussing her estranged daughter’s wardrobe choices, Workman said, “I feel that Ariel is starving for attention … I feel this is a cry for help from my child.”

The actress’ tweet was also published shortly after she retweeted a tweet about Workman’s interview.

Workman, who was taken to court and accused of abuse by Winter, also said that she wants to reunite with her estranged daughter — a reunion that seems very unlikely, particularly in light of this most recent development.

“It’s time to fix your relationship with your mom,” Workman said.

The interview aired hours after Winter posted a Twitter “rant” that declared, in part, “Screw always having to look appropriate.”

Winter, 19, has often been criticized by her choice of clothing. Notably, the actress was savaged on social media on Labor Day, after she posted a photo of herself in a bikini in celebration of the holiday.

“Respect the memorial day,” cautioned one commenter, who punctuated the comment with an eye-rolling emoji.

“bc nothing says happy Memorial Day like sneak peak at her pubes,” offered another.

Workman has also criticized her daughter’s wardrobe choices in the past. In June, Workman told In Touch, “She needs to grow up. I would tell her to dress properly, be the beautiful person she is. I feel sad that she feels the need to expose herself when it’s not necessary … Ariel is smart, beautiful and talented. She is a legitimate actress. She does not need to do this. She is beautiful with her clothes on.”

TheWrap has reached out to Winter’s publicist for comment on Wednesday’s tweet.

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