Jennette McCurdy, a former Nickelodeon star, is getting ready to release her groundbreaking memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, which will examine the complex bond she had with her mother as well as her horrific experiences of being forced to become a child celebrity.

The actress described in her book how her mother had complete control over her life and profession from an early age, which left her feeling “continuous dread, guilt, and self-loathing.”

In her biography, Jennette McCurdy, who is best known for portraying Sam Puckett in the teen comedy iCarly, also discusses her battles with weight disorders, drugs, and toxic relationships.

The actress added that shortly before she starred in the 2013 iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat, her mother passed away, which made her problems worse. McCurdy began treatment, which improved her ability to deal with the circumstance.

Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy

A look into excerpts from Jennette McCurdy’s upcoming memoir

Jennette McCurdy discussed a childhood audition that left her feeling incredibly uneasy in an exclusive extract of I’m Glad My Mom Died acquired by Entertainment Weekly:

Then Jennette McCurdy described how she kept acting and performing against her own wishes in order to carry out her mother’s instructions:

The actress remembered how she tried to tell her mother she didn’t like acting after failing miserably at the audition, but instead just disappointed her:

She also related how her mother instantly broke down in tears, made her feel bad, and forced her to continue acting:

A second passage from the book focused on the occasion when McCurdy was offered Sam’s part on iCarly. She stated that she was “elated,” but not because of her personal happiness, but rather because her mother’s wishes had come true:

I’m Glad My Mom Died, a candid memoir by Jennette McCurdy, is expected to be released this month on August 9.

Jennette McCurdy on her experiences as a child artist

I’m Glad My Mom Died was the title of a one-woman dark comedy act performed by Jennette McCurdy in 2020 before to the publication of her memoir. The former actress confessed how her mother Debbie McCurdy assaulted her when she was a child in an interview with People about her show last year:

McCurdy informed the publication that she began “calorie counting” at the age of 11 and that her mother first bleached her teeth and hair when she was just 10 years old. She said that she eventually developed eating difficulties as a result of the procedure.

The actress revealed that she had anorexia when she applied for the role of iCarly and afterwards went on to develop binge eating disorder and bulimia. She went on to say that if her mother had been living, she would still have eating disorders:

a peek at some passages from the upcoming memoir by Jennette McCurdy

On her podcast Empty Inside, Jennette McCurdy further discussed her traumatic experiences as a child actor and said she felt “ashamed” and “embarrassed” of the roles she had previously played:

The actress then revealed that she had decided to stop acting after realising she had never wanted to be an actor and had been coerced into doing so by her mother, who was the family’s main provider of income:

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Between 2007 and 2012, Jennette McCurdy made appearances on all six seasons of iCarly. She also returned to play Sam Puckett in the spinoff Sam & Cat. She did not, however, appear in the Paramount+ revival of iCarly and in 2017, she formally announced her retirement from acting.