Roseanne Barr’s daughter has opened up about her traumatizing teen years being raised by foul-mouthed comedian and blue-collar TV queen, who shipped her off to mental health facilities and reform schools for ‘acting out.’
Jenny Pentland, 45, revealed she was sent to multiple reform schools, psychiatric institutions and even a wilderness boot camp between the ages of 13 and 18 in an interview with People that was released on Wednesday.
‘I was locked up,’ she told the magazine.
Pentland, who has since patched up her relationship with her mom and dad Bill Pentland, goes into greater detail in her soon-to-be released memoir, This Will Be Funny Later.
Barr’s daughter said she was sent away in response to ‘acting out,’ which she attributed partially to the pressures that came with her mother’s sudden success and fame from the iconic self-titled sitcom Roseanne.
‘I was locked up’: Roseanne Barr’s daughter Jenny Pentland has opened up about her troubled teens where she was traumatized as she spent time in and out of various facilities as she opened up about the experience in her upcoming memoir This Will Be Funny Later
Mother’s success: Pentland (third from left) said she ‘acted out’ due her mother’s sudden success on sitcom Roseanne (middle)
Big shoes to fill: Roseanne is pictured in Beverly Hills back in March 2018
Between the ages of 13 and 18 she was sent to multiple reform schools, psychiatric institutions, and even a wilderness boot camp as she said: ‘I was locked up’
She says her parents sent her to a series of facilities because it was recommended by educational and behavioral experts in the book, which will be released January 18.
She said: ‘I was getting bad grades, and I was mouthy, cutting my arms and smoking cigarettes. Just depressed.’
Barr, 69, had three children with Pentland – Jenny, Jessica and Jake – and they were married from 1974 to 1990. She married Tom Arnold four days later and divorced the comedian in 1994.
She then was married to Ben Thomas from 1995 to 2000 and they had a son, Jake. She also has a daughter, Brandi Brown, who was born before her first marriage.
‘Just depressed’: Pentland has detailed the experience in her soon-to-be released memoir – titled This Will Be Funny Later – of being sent to a series of facilities by Barr and her father Pill Pentland which was recommended by education and behavioral experts
Jenny Pentland also claims in the book that her older sister was sent to a psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles for stealing Barr’s car for a joyride.
She explained: ‘I think there was a fear of us spiraling out of control.’
Pentland said that she witnessed and experienced emotional and physical abuse at several of the facilities she was sent to and struggled with PTSD later.
Though all those facilities have since been closed or are under new ownership, she said ‘the worst abuse I feel I suffered was having my free will removed — the lack of freedom.’
She is hoping that her openness regarding her teen experiences will help raise awareness about such problematic programs.
Pentland explained: ‘These places are still out there and I want it to stop. I don’t think about what I’ve lost anymore. I think about what other people are losing right now or what they’re going to lose if it doesn’t change.’
Things have definitely improved in Pentland’s life. She is married to a man named Jeff and they have five sons together: Eitan, 21, Cosmo, 16, Otis, 14, Buster, 12, and Ezra, 18 months.
She also said that she now has a good relationship with both of her parents.
Love: Things have definitely improved in her life as she is married to a man named Jeff
Family first: They have five sons together: Eitan, 21, Cosmo, 16, Otis, 14, Buster, 12, and Ezra, 18 months
‘These places are still out there and I want it to stop’: She is hoping that her openness regarding her teen experiences will help raise awareness about such problematic programs
Gone: Meanwhile her mother Barr has kept a relatively-low profile over the past three years in the wake of her ABC show’s reboot being canceled in May 2018, after the comic sent a tweet with a racial slur against Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor for ex-President Barack Obama
Meanwhile, her mother has kept a relatively-low profile over the past three years in the wake of her ABC show’s reboot being canceled in May 2018, after the comic sent a tweet with a racial slur against Valerie Jarrett, a former advisor for ex-President Barack Obama.
Barr subsequently said that she was under the influence of Ambien – an sedative used to treat insomnia – and was unaware that Jarrett is Black.
The show was later replaced as The Conners, with Barr’s character killed off from an overdose.
Sweet: Pentland’s memoir This Will Be Funny Later is set for release on Tuesday, January 18