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Roseanne Barr’s daughter Jenny Pentland reveals she has PTSD from being ‘locked up’ in facilities


Roseanne Barr’s daughter Jenny Pentland has opened up about her traumatizing teen years where she spent time in and out mental health facilities and reform school for ‘acting out’ and said she felt ‘locked up.’  

The 45-year-old 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 was sent away in response to ‘acting out’ which she has attributed partially to the pressures that came with her mother’s sudden success and fame from 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)

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

Big shoes to fill: Roseanne is pictured in Beverly Hills back in March 2018

Pentland has detailed the experience of being sent to a series of facilities by Barr and her father Pill Pentland, saying in her soon-to-be released memoir This Will Be Funny Later it was recommended by education and behavioral experts.

She said: ‘I was getting bad grades, and I was mouthy, cutting my arms and smoking cigarettes. Just depressed.’

Pentland also claims that her older sister had also been sent to a psychiatric hospital in Los Angeles for stealing Barr’s car for a joyride.

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'

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’

'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

‘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

She explained: ‘I think there was a fear of us spiraling out of control.’ 

Pentland said that she witnessed and experienced emotional or physical abuse at several of the facilities she was sent to and struggled with PTSD later.

Though all those facilities had 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.’

Love: Things have definitely improved in her life as she is married to a man named Jeff

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

Family first: They have five sons together: Eitan, 21, Cosmo, 16, Otis, 14, Buster, 12, and Ezra, 18 months

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 her life as she is married to a man named Jeff as 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. 

'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

‘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

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 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. 

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.

Pentland’s memoir This Will Be Funny Later is set for release on Tuesday, January 18.

Sweet: Pentland's memoir This Will Be Funny Later is set for release on Tuesday, January 18

Sweet: Pentland’s memoir This Will Be Funny Later is set for release on Tuesday, January 18



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