Martha Stewart's daughter dishes dirt on mom in book
October 3rd, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Martha Stewart's daughter dishes dirt on mom in book

A new tell-all book by Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis has been excerpted by U.K. paper the Daily Mail, People reports, and it sounds like it's a doozy.

"Martha does everything better! You can't win!" Alexis, 46, writes of mom Martha, 70, in “Whateverland: Learning to Live Here.”

The scathing tome comes as no surprise, considering Alexis has made a career of mocking her mother on the show “Whatever, Martha.”

"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 laments in the book.

Among other claims, Alexis says holidays in the Stewart home were less than picture-perfect. There was no Halloween in their household (“We turned off all the lights and pretended we weren't home"), and Martha would make her wrap her own Christmas gifts.She would hand me things right before Christmas and say, 'Now wrap these but don't look inside.'”

She also divulges that Martha was a hoarder who “always” went to the bathroom 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!”

If you’re not scandalized yet, you might be when you hear that according to Alexis, Martha refused to buy her pubescent daughter a bra.

Even after all the accusations, Alexis, now a mother herself, dedicated the book to her mom. She writes in the foreword: "Thanks in advance to my mother for not getting angry about anything written in this book."

The domestic diva has issued a statement of support, saying of her daughter, "She's her own person. She makes up her own mind."

If you want all the gritty details on Alexis’ New York City childhood, you can pick up her book on October 18.

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  1. bill

    all girls have problems with their mothers. It probably wasn't as bad as she says.

    October 5, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. jzaks

    Ex Con and Spoiled Brat of a daughter. They belong together.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard S

    Martha S rocks! She admitted her wrong & served her time. Who else does that? Martha, Martha forever....

    October 4, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jurmama

    Alexis: "Hello, hand that feeds." NOM NOM NOM.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sammy

    What a middle aged brat! No one has a perfect life, most people go through worse and don't have the future her mother has prepared for her! She is a spoiled, self centered and greedy person! I hope her mother surprises her upon her death and leaves her with NOTHING!

    October 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhaat

    Its sad that some children makes a living demonizing their mothers. I too had a mother whose many flaws could save the recession in the US. But those flaws had thought me a lot of lesson and made me who I am right now. Being a mother makes me realized that examples are a great thing you can bequeath your child. No matter how much i was traumatized I will not disrespect my mother in front of my child. Paybacks and healing will be shared with a therapist and only a therapist

    October 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david mccall


    October 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. amystery

    Really–it's tough to judge a book by a few outtakes. Sure, wrapping one's own gifts sounds petty (what about the poor tykes who have no gifts?). My kids could accuse me of peeing with the door open, and hopefully there are no pictures. But, Alexis is all about satire (if you've seen her show), so don't judge until you read the book. I've heard it's funny. (no I'm not related or employed by anyone involved).

    October 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cheri

    Does anyone really care about this book and what Martha did or did not do? I think the daughter is trying to make a "Mommie Dearest" and it's already been done. The book will soon be on the sale table at the book store.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. toni wood

    sounds like a spoiled brat to me. tired of all this whining by this kids on how 'unjust' their lives were. at least she had a roof over her head, she wasn't neglected, she was fed, educated, not molested, not beaten. give me a break. blah, blah, blah!!!! the only thing martha did wrong is not insist that her daughter go off to third world country and donate her time to help the poor starving, childless children. i get more and more annoyed as I think about this.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sas

    Had a college friend who worked for Martha in early 90's – the gist of what she told us-an impossible to please, mean, hard woman. I imagine that is what got her to were she is, but who wants to sleep with that?

    October 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. V. P.

    Are we really surprised to find out for sure that Martha is a nut and a perfectionist among other things? As much as I like to read, I will not be buying this book.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cuso

    I go to the bathroom all the time with the door open.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. From CT

    When I was much younger I kept my horse at a stable very near Martha's house in Connecticut. Let me tell you, she was a class a "B with an ITCH". All of her neighbors couldn't stand her, she complained about anything anyone did within two miles of their house and she treated her then husband and kid like crap. I believe every word of the daughter's tales and think there is likely even more, worse stuff that she did not reveal. Martha's pretend personallity on TV sickens me knowing how she is IRL.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Md

    Another "Mommie Dearest" in the making. These celebs will do or say anything for a quick buck and some publicity. Time to take the trash out..........

    October 4, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  16. San

    Turned the lights off on Halloween...didn't latch the bathroom door...that's some HARD HITTING journalism there. The real story will be to see if ANYONE is stupid enough to buy this book.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  17. WL30309

    I miss "Whatever, Martha". I got many a laugh from that show.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  18. pprty

    Martha, here's an idea. Change your will. Alexis is an ungrateful daughter who hasn't done a thing with her life but bash you. Give your money to someone who will appreciate it. Many parents are not including these brats in their will, so it's ok if you don't.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  19. Amnda

    Sounds like a fake book to be honest...sounds like Alexis is ungrateful and jealous that her mom is a big star and she is not. It's hard to bash your mom and make it sound credible when she allows you on her network, paid for you to have a baby, and doesn't get made when you try to paint a picture of her that makes her look like a neglectful parent...girl..wake up! You should be grateful not sour, must be nice to just sit around and bash mommie all day instead of work the daily grind like us normal people!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Amnda

      PS...Alexis looks Stoned in this pic! Mom must buy you the high grade too huh!

      October 4, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  20. joyce b

    Harry, you are too Funny

    October 4, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  21. Teddi

    Never liked Martha Stewart , always thought her to be a pompous phony hiding her true mean spirited self. I caught her a few times on some afternoon talk show and did not like her demeanor. She didn't fool me with her holiday decorations and her cupcakes....

    October 4, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Teddy

      I actually thought she had some nice "cupcakes". The rest of her "decorations" ain't so bad either!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. @mandy

    u sound fat

    October 4, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. EddyL

    AH SHUT UP, you spoiled brat.

    October 4, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. mandy

    Really? Oh poor thing, sounds like real child abuse here – you had to wrap your own Christmas presents! Oh the sheer inhumanity of it.

    Call the Whaaaambulance. What an ungrateful spoiled little person.

    Get some perspective honey

    October 4, 2011 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. Hmm

    Maybe the author will be happy with money she may make from the book – publishing it tells much, perhaps too much, about herself. And who knows, maybe both the author and her mother planned this as another smart business deal.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  26. Sokman

    Martha Stewart and Jackie O in the same catagory??? Really??? Maybe Martha Stewart and Hillary, they're both crooks... But Jackie O??? REALLY??? Martha couldn't toss Jackie's salad.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Virago

      Actually, she COULD...and it'd probably be with a delectable lemon-poppy seed vinaigrette, served in a vintage cruet.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      Do you mean analingus or actual salad, Virago has me confused I was sure you were reffering to her time in the slammer till I read his post.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. CMS

    My mother handed me gifts to wrap, also. She was a single mother, working hard with more important things to do than wrap gifts. And that is also the same for Martha, especially. Alexis has hung her mother out to dry, but Martha will always turn the other cheek for the child she loves, and for the sake of her grandchild. What is to be gained by any other response. Martha is a classy lady, and will always conduct herself as such. I have heard many people talk trash about Martha, some who barely knew her, but when I asked for details, it was obvious they were extremely jealous of her intellect and her success, just as many of YOU are. I believe many of you critical responders could barely walk a mile in Martha's shoes, and I would bet none of you could fill her shoes. I put Martha in a special category of women, right up there with Jackie Kennedy and other memorable first ladies.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  28. lio

    What a winer the daughter is. So her mother wasn't perfect. Who is? Having to wrap her own presents...well boo hoo...her mother atleast got her gifts. This is nothing compared to what some kids go through.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. @MoonDancer is gone

    Your're scary. I have to remind myself not to get on your bad side.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  30. madhater

    Is she a whure? I'll read it if she is.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  31. izoeone

    Another Martha money maker. One more strategically maneuvered financial opportunity for the WHATEVERLAND occupants. Not hard to deduce WHO will sweep in the bucks of this dirt dishing venture. This apple certainly didn't fall far from the tree, or perhaps is still attached!

    October 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Rosie

    Perhaps people should just keep their family business to themselves. It is what is and she going to cash in like everyone else does. We are all human not perfect so get over and get on with your life.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. hushupp

    Mother-daughter publicity hounds. As real as pro wrestling! lol

    October 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  34. A

    Break out the wire hangers! Gasp!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  35. harry

    She's lucky. some kids have worse mothers. Mine would not breast feed me (she said she liked me as a friend) and when she did I used a straw.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |

    Alexis' show, 'Whatever, Martha' was Executive Produced by: (drumroll, please) Martha Stewart. Nothing scathing about that show, or this book that MArtha hasn't ok'd herself. Just promoting the Brand. Bah.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. bailoutsos

    Didn't Martha Stewart dump her husband because he got sick and her career was more important?

    October 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufustfirefly

      You bet she did! Shows you what she is really worth, doesn't it?

      October 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jeepers

    "She MAKES UP her own mind..." I think that was intended as a not-so-subtle subliminal message.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • visitooooor

      I really don't get this. Please explain (and this is not sarcasm).

      October 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Emphasis on the "makes up" implying that Martha's implying Alexis made up a lot of the book.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  39. BBK


    October 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. MoonDancer is gone

    Alexis didn't fall far from the b!tch tree! I'd love to have them up to Alaska for fresh salmon, the let the grizzlies have 'em for dessert.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  41. You Don't Know Me

    Alexis is a spoiled brat. I have good friends who are friends of Martha's. They once hosted Martha and Alexis for dinner small, casual dinner (yes, Martha can do casual). Alexis got in a snit with her mother over something minor (this was only about 5 years ago). She proceeded to load her plate with food and went to the car to eat it by herself–she stayed there the rest of the evening (like, 3 hours).

    October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • visitooooor

      That's kinda sad. Get a life of your own.

      October 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Yeah, well my cousin's uncle's college roomate's daughter was at that dinner too and she said Martha started it.

      October 4, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • retphxfire

      I'm thinking there was a loooong history of Martha demands and aggravation. It takes its toll, so perhaps Alexis was just a leeeetle bit defensive and leery of mom?

      October 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      Uh yeah sure you know Martha. Give us a break. If you really know Martha and have been to her parties I doubt you're out on some random CNN blog posting comments. Paaaaaaaaaaaaalease.

      October 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Professor turdcrapper

    You mean go doo doo

    October 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  43. rtbrno65

    I guess Martha wasn't bothered by the lack of bathroom privacy in jail since she is used to going pooey with a bunch of people watching.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rufustfirefly

      MS should still be in prison!! C'mon folks – if Bernie got life MS should have gotten 5-10. I guess it's not who you know but who you ****

      October 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. jillmarie

    Whoa! She seems to have had it rough. I've always been a fan Of Martha's, though she seems like she'd be a tough mom. The glue gun comment- genius! I may have to read this.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Anomic Office Drone

    Oh, Martha. You need coat tails that are harder to grab on to.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Siobhan

    The Daily Mail isn't so much a newspaper as a scaremongering right wing propaganda machine....

    October 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jake

    Martha's a has been and way over done. She needs to go away.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • she went away

      to prison, remember? she did her time, and... she's baaaaaaaaaaack

      October 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Observer

    No future insurance package there!

    October 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. LBW

    Daughter should have waited on that book. Mommy paid twenty five thousand a month for daughter to get pregnant. When she couldn't get pregnant she found a surrogate and now she has a baby daughter compliments of her mother. I'm sure it was tough being raised by Martha, but she will inherit millions of dollars. Spoiled brat.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Paid for her daughter to get pregnant or paid to be a grandmother?

      October 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kasey

      I'm sure Martha couldn't care less what she has to say. She did, afterall, allow her to have Whatever, Martha on her network, and if it weren't for her, the daughter wouldn't have a career at all. I think Martha takes the criticism in stride. I figure her own mother was the same way.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      Um, daughter didn't really care to get pregnant. But mummy WANT'S A GRANDCHILD DAMNIT!!! So she talked her into it by paying for everything and bribing every which way. Still not smart, but Granny's a scary biatch.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      Martha sounds like the nutbag we always thought she was. Most, if not all, of these multimillionaires are just goofy people.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |

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