In the world of Hollywood, where rumors can often overshadow reality, actor Eric Roberts is taking a moment to dispel longstanding speculations about a supposed feud with his sister, Julia Roberts. The A-list siblings have faced years of rumors surrounding their relationship, and now Eric is revealing the truth behind the misconceptions, pointing to one pivotal interview that sparked the entire narrative.
The Awkward Interview That Started It All
During a recent episode of the “Behind The Velvet Rope With David Yontef” podcast on June 1, Eric Roberts, known for his roles in “The Dark Knight” and “Star 80,” clarified the root cause of the rumored feud. He recounted an incident from years ago during a press tour for one of his movies, coinciding with the release of Julia’s breakout film, “Pretty Woman.” Playfully, Eric diverted attention away from his sister by humorously requesting, “Hey, excuse me. Can we talk about me?” Little did he know, this innocent jest would set the stage for years of misguided speculation.
The Unintended Fallout
While Eric intended his quip to be taken in good humor, the reporters present failed to catch the sarcasm, leading to the mistaken belief that there was tension between the siblings. The actor admitted to inadvertently fueling the rumors by refusing to comment on the reports in the following years, unintentionally contributing to the misconception that there was a rift between him and the Academy Award-winning Julia Roberts.
The Reality of Sibling Dynamics
In truth, Eric Roberts revealed that the relationship with his younger sister Julia is nothing out of the ordinary. He emphasized that they share the typical sibling banter, discussing their lives, sharing complaints, and having fun together. Eric wanted to set the record straight, asserting, “My sister and I, though, we’ve always talked, we’ve always bitched. I’ve always had fun, [we’ve always] known each other. Simple as that.”
Addressing Past Struggles
In a moment of transparency in January 2018, Eric had opened up about the impact of his past substance abuse on family dynamics, including his relationship with Julia. While he dismissed the notion of a falling-out, he acknowledged the toll his addictions took on their closeness. He shared with Vanity Fair, “I was exhausting to be around: complainy, blamey, unable to enjoy enjoyment. Everyone in my world needed a break sometimes, and that must have included Julia.”