Despite Martha Stewart, 81, having a substantial impact on contemporary living, her bumpy relationship with her daughter, Alexis Stewart, 57, proves she is like anybody else.
Martha Stewart is renowned for using her catering business to create her initial empire. She has gained traction thanks to her own television program, cookbooks, and food-related products.
Alexis Stewart was born in 1965 in New York City, to both Martha and Andrew Stewart. Although their relationship appeared stable, in 1987, Martha and Andrew Stewart shockingly divorced due to infidelity. Martha’s childhood experiences, growing up in a middle-class family in New Jersey, may have inspired her to quickly go for somebody more financially well-off. In “Books of the Time (1997), Martha stated to The New York Times that “That’s all my mother does, stand in front of a hot stove cooking … and what does she have to show for it?…I want more out of life, and I’m going to get it.”
Alexis Stewart recounts her childhood in her book, Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, that she wrote with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt. Stewart describes difficult experiences from having insufficient food, to feeling like “she was not enough”, to quipping that she “grew up with a glue gun pointed to my [her] head.” These experiences seeped into the holidays, as she wrapped her Christmas gifts. Considering this, her experiences highlight how the public eye can impact children.
Martha Stewart was fuming with frustration after the book was published. She opposed her daughter’s accounts telling PEOPLE that, “ If you wanted to eat when she was growing up, you had to cook something,’ she said. ‘That was the whole idea. [And today Alexis] is a superb cook.”
But their relationship seems to be on the mend since the biography’s publication, with Stewart even encouraging her fans to buy the book, saying, “I must have instilled in her some good habits. She’s tall, beautiful, gorgeous and mother of baby Jude, and that’s all that counts. The book is out late October wherever books are sold. I encourage you to buy it, read and make it a bestseller.”