Reese Witherspoon’s ‘estranged step-mom’ has harsh words for Reese

Are you ready to feel sorry for Reese Witherspoon? Not yet? Well, it’s possible to think that Reese is a privileged, entitled, lying a—hole AND think that her family situation kind of sucks. Reese’s father, John Witherspoon, maybe-probably has dementia and because of that, he might be a bigamist who married some golddigging hustler named Tricianne Taylor while he was still married to Reese’s mother. There was lots of legal shenanigans about the situation a few years ago, and long story short, this Tricianne Taylor person still refers to herself as “Reese’s stepmother” and she’s selling her story to the National Enquirer:

REESE WITHERSPOON’s estranged stepmom is trying to cash in on the Oscar-winner’s embarrassing disorderly conduct arrest.

The ENQUIRER has learned that 61-year-old Tricianne Taylor- Witherspoon, who is married to Reese’s dad, John, but admits she has never actually met the “Walk The Line” star, is trying to sell a shocking tell-all about how Reese “destroyed” their family – and she’s holding out for a $100,000 payday to expose the actress’ secrets.

“Based on Reese’s behavior in those police videos following her recent arrest, I believe she has a serious drinking problem and needs to get professional help,” Tricianne told The ENQUIRER.

“I think Reese’s father is living in denial about the severity of her drinking, because he insists that the entire arrest was a set-up by police.”

Tricianne, who married John Witherspoon in January 2012, says she believes Reese “was so awful and disrespectful to her father” at the beauty’s March 2011 wedding to talent agent Jim Toth that Reese’s father “almost bailed on her and refused to walk her down the aisle.”

“Reese shows very little respect for her father, and he’s been ostracized by her because she’s so angry that he married me.”

Tricianne is more than eager to tell “her side” for price.

[From The National Enquirer]

Tricianne Taylor also says Reese is “not the sweet, innocent girl next door that her fans think she is.” Yeah. Which you can totally believe while simultaneously believing that Tricianne is con artist and hustler. The reason that Tricianne is “estranged” from the family is because Reese’s mom Betty got a restraining order against her and Reese’s dad admitted in court that he has early-onset dementia. All this shows is that Reese’s image of a Southern good-girl who goes to church and chides other actresses for taking nudie pics is just that – an image. A carefully constructed, obsessively maintained image that has not a lot to do with the real Reese, who has a much seedier and less wholesome life.

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  1. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Step-moms always have bad things to talk about their step-daughters.

    • LeeLoo says:

      Not always. I love my step-parents. Especially my step-mom. There have been times I have been closer to her than my own mother. She’s a good lady with a kind heart.

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      Aw, not true at all. I think there are many loving step-parents out there. I know my daughter’s step-mom loves the heck out of her, and doesn’t say a bad word about her. About me now, that is a different story. :/

      • LeeLoo says:

        Sorry you have to deal with new spouse drama Lulu. I would say be kind to her to show everyone you are the more mature person. It’ll be hard at times but don’t stoop to her level.

        I never understood step-parents that need to be nasty to the ex-spouse and kids. One of my mom’s ex-husbands (Marriage score: Mom: 5 Dad: 2) was always nasty to my dad and he didn’t care for me much. My mom divorced him after I decided to live with my dad and step-mom but I never understood the reason to be nasty unless their spouse made it clear that they were still in love with their ex-spouse but the I would question why the new spouse would choose to marry them.

        But my step-mom has always been respectful of my mom and even worked hard to reconcile my mom and myself after we had a falling out in my late teen years. The majority of mom’s husbands (I only ever called one step-dad, they tend to be rather temporary) have been cool too. If you can’t handle being a step-parent or accept that your soon to be spouse has children with another person then please don’t marry that person.

    • Jenny says:

      That’s a messed up thing to say. I love my mom step-mom and I love my step-son and they love me. Real life is not a Disney movie, we aren’t all wicked ;)

    • Jayna says:

      I wouldn’t really call her a stepmother. They never met. Her father has dementia and is still married to her mom. The woman was just a lowlife taking advantage of an ill man.

    • Noodles says:

      Woah- speak for yourself. My stepmom has been in my life for 23 years and she is awesome. Sure…I didn’t think so when I was 12…but I know better now.

      This woman is hardly a “step-mom.” While she may speak some truth (Reese’s wedding? Who knows), she also married someone with dementia. As someone who has watched my loved ones die of dementia….I think it is total trash.

    • Jane says:

      What kind of free spirit would say something like that FreeSpiritGirl?

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I don’t have a negative thing to say about my three beautiful, smart, and talented step-daughters to be. And I never will. I love those young women.

    • Emily says:

      My stepmom is awesome and is my biggest advocate, next to my husband. She’s just a wonderful person all around, and we get along beautifully.

      My stepFATHER is another story entirely. I prefer to call him “my mother’s husband”, not “stepfather”, because ugh. Actually, though I’ve known a few great stepmothers, I have never known a stepfather who treated his stepkids as anything but a nuisance at best. I’ve seen the occasional person talk about their great stepfather online though, so I know it’s possible, just never seen it myself.

    • Lucinda says:

      I’ve had three stepmoms (yup, 3). One was not good, one was okay, one is great. Your statement is a gross generalization.

  2. DreamyK says:

    “I think Reese’s father is living in denial…” Yes. Yes he is. He has dementia. Dementia is kinda funny like that. This woman is gross. Reese’s dad said that “he didn’t recall marrying Taylor..” so dementia also causes bigamy, memory loss and gold diggers to flock to you apparently.

  3. LeeLoo says:

    Oh yeah, I’m going to think a woman who tricked a man with dementia in marrying him so she could get her grubby paws on his cash somehow has credibility in this matter. *Scoffs.*

    I get why people would say Reese is fake but I fail to see why anyone cares or is offended by this fact. This is what Hollywood does, it creates these images that these stars have to work to uphold. If it gets shattered, it is game over. What Reese did was wrong and she deserves to pay for her crimes according to the law. Other than the fact there have been whispers of her being bitchy since her Cruel Intentions days and the media have maybe been waiting for her to make one wrong move, I don’t get why we are wasting so much energy vilifying her.

    This is probably going to kill Reese’s career which is stupid. I say stupid because Reese is getting close to 40 and Hollywood just wanted an excuse to toss her aside. That’s how it works in that town women get close to 40 and you don’t see them in movies until they are 55 and that’s only if Hollywood really liked you. The misogyny in Hollywood and the media just angers me sometime. If this were Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor (they are still married, right?) with Ben being the egotistical drunk, no one would have batted an eyelash.

    • c'est la vie says:

      Think again – Mel Gibson could do no wrong until he was caught drinking and driving. His career still hasn’t and I don’t think ever will recover.

    • Emily says:

      They’re all fake. They don’t all take the stage to slut-shame women whose private nude photos were released without their permission. I seriously despise Reese Witherspoon. There are a lot of men in Hollywood whom I also want to go down in flames, and who have done worse, but I want her to go down in flames too. Well, maybe not flames for her, but I want her gone. She can cry every night into her piles of money.

      Reese insulted a lot of women when she insulted Blake Lively et al, and I think that’s one reason many of us are rubbing our hands with glee over this. And slut-shaming isn’t a tiny offense; she helped rape culture and the whole misogynistic Hollywood system along by doing that. In a just world, she and Seth MacFarlane would end up in the same bar together griping about how they used to be somebody until they were publicly misogynistic jerks. Sadly, the world is not just.

      Also, the fact that Reese is almost 37 makes what she did much worse. This was not a “youthful indiscretion” or something. I’m not going to give her a pass because Hollywood also sucks. There are plenty of actresses of her age who can take her place.

  4. Lurker says:

    Don’t know whether she is lying or not but Reese is a bitch and I hope more stories come out.

  5. don't kill me i'm french says:

    Reese’s brother was convicted for rape if i remmember well,,624808,00.html

    • Lulu.T.O. says:

      Sexual assault it seems, not rape. Still, he sounds like a real winner. 0_o

      • George of the jungle says:

        Sexual assault IS rape. It’s a term that is used instead of rape by the authorities and the media. How many times have you watched the news and an actual rape was talked about? It’s not. It’s a dirty word for too many. So the term sexual assault is used instead.

      • ataylor says:

        @GeorgeOfTheJungle: Wrong. Groping and unwanted fondling of sexual organs/body parts is also considered sexual assault and/or sexual battery (depending on the State). So is unwanted kissing.

        None of which is, at any point, considered the same as rape. Rape is rape. Period and has been referred to as such by the media as well.

        Witherspoon’s brother did not rape that woman. He committed an act of sexual assault that did not happen to be rape. He’s complete jackass…yes, he is, but a rapist? No.

        Sexual assault is used for privacy reasons by the media, especially if it involves a child or adult rape victim who already has had her identity and/or privacy violated. But not always.

        Those Cleveland women, Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard have all been publicly declared rape victims by the media. Too late for anonymity there.

    • sala says:

      I’m no Reese apologist or fan but I don’t understand why her brother’s issues have any bearing on her image or character. Her arrest videos speak for themselves – what her parents or siblings do should not reflect on her.

  6. Lake Mom says:

    Reese can’t be blamed for her parents actions. If she’s not the good girl her image suggests, that’s due to her own behavior, not her parents.

  7. Dawn says:

    There is always a kernal of truth within the layers of lies. But I am going to say this, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones…and this step-monster is throwing stones.

  8. Zorbitor says:

    Wholesome or Seedy? You decide.

  9. Talie says:

    Reese’s mom may be a little Trudy Campbell, because I’ve read that her and Reese’s father had been separated since the 90s.

  10. lem says:

    i get that her good-girl image is profitable for her but honestly if she was more honest about who she is, her background, etc., i’d be a hell of a lot more likely to think highly of her. i’ve always been annoyed with her whole “southern charm good-girl” image.

  11. fabgrrl says:

    Jeez, Dog-pile on Reese Week, much?

    Leaving the other Reese-stuff aside, I think one could still be sweet and all that, but still fight back against a gold digger preying on a sick loved one. There is “nice” and then there is “doormat”.

    • karmasabiatch! says:

      ITA, fabgrrl.

      Here’s what I feel bad about- the release of the squad car tape where Reese’s conversation with her husband was released. Yeah, she acted like a privileged, Hollywood a$$ (big shocker there, many stars at that level do).

      She had already been outed and thoroughly humiliated by the 3-4 arrest tapes that had previously been leaked. But the tape of Reese and Jim speaking in what they *thought* was the privacy of the squad car, kind of made me queasy to listen to. I definitely think that tape should never have been released to the public. Really ugly and I think it was overkill.

      Wonder who in the hell Harvey Levin had to bribe to get that tape?!

      • Merritt says:

        I really find the fact that so much was released sick. Levin disgusts me. Some things just don’t need to be released to the public.

      • c'est la vie says:

        Why not, after all she is an “American citizen” and deserves to be heard.

        She made a complete ass of herself. That’s her doing all the talking.

        Maybe the cops thought they needed to do a little damage control. So they didn’t look like they were arresting America’s sweetheart.
        Sort of like the Mel Gibson thing.

      • ataylor says:

        TMZ didn’t have to bribe anyone. It all public access/information in the name of public safety. You just have to know where to look and who to ask. You can, literally, walk into any police station and ask to see their crime blotter. You can find out names, addresses, crimes committed, actions taken…when committing a crime…privacy goes out the window. Even for rape/sexual assault victims. It is, however, a COURTESY that the media SOMETIMES extends by refusing to name or identify a rape or other type of sexual assault victim.

    • Lucinda says:

      Yes. I guess I don’t get all the hate on Reese. I’ve never found her that offensive. I just don’t get it.

  12. Annemarie says:

    Usually I don’t like when family members spill gossip about their famous relatives, and I’m on no one’s side when it comes to this, but I’m kind of glad the step-mom said something. It’s always interesting to hear what someone is really like behind closed doors. It makes you wonder how many celebrities out there with a “good person” image are authentic. I kind of believe none of them are. I’m not saying there aren’t celebrities who do good things, but I believe every human is capable of doing questionable things as well, and our actions are never black or white.

  13. Jackson says:

    I have zero interest in what this woman has to say about RW. Please. She is just trying to cash in and grind her little axe. I doubt RW is as wonderful and squeaky clean as her image but I also doubt that she is as nasty and in need of help as this woman claims…AND she has never even met RW. Ugh. I’m sure this woman will be trolling around the internet to see how many times her name was mentioned. Enjoy, famewhore!!

  14. JL says:

    I have grown stepdaughters and I’m not evil. i just sit back, let the girls and their dad work out their own relationship.
    They respect me, I respect them and we do fine.

    I’d never put their business on the street, nor would I put my husbands private life on the street.

    That stepmother us classless and petty. She needs to STFU.

  15. Miss M says:

    In Reese’s defense, most of the so called A-listers have just that -an image. That’s why they have a PR team.

  16. HoustonGrl says:

    I think you can have a bad night and still be a sweet southern girl. Maybe they were just happy to be away from the kids for the weekend and went a little overboard? All that aside, her family situation sounds beyond awful.

  17. NerdMomma says:

    I don’t understand the hate for Reese. How does any of this make Reese “seedy” or “unwholesome”? Her image has been of a good girl who goes to church. Okay. Good girls who go to church can also be bitchy sometimes. They can have bad nights and act like assholes. This isn’t a facade falling down, this is a more complex picture of a human being whose personality is not one-dimensional.

    Sorry. I’m not even a fan, I’ve loathed the movies I’ve seen her in, but I don’t think she’s done anything that terrible. She did something stupid, and it’s on video. Is there something else I’m missing?

  18. Wm says:

    Been hearing stories about Reese being a raging b!#%^ in real life for the last few years now – looks like its true.

  19. Tig says:

    Reese’s extremely well documented misconduct notwithstanding, who would believe anything from this hustler who’s never even met Reese? I do feel for her in this instance- that is a terrible family dynamic to have to deal with- rich or not.

  20. pwal says:

    Sorry, Stepmama…

    While I have strong feelings about Reese and Toth’s behavior, I have even stronger feelings about people who opt to deliver so-called home truths only after there’s blood in the water. Plus, the whole marrying a dude with dementia and holding any adverse reaction that dude’s kid had about the situation is just plain off.

  21. Katie says:

    I don’t feel bad for Reese at all. She’s built her public image on being perfect and she acts like she thinks she’s better than everyone else. I’m a firm believer in not airing your dirty laundry in public, but this is karma.

    She’ll pop out another kid and/or spend the next few months being photographed with her children and and all will be forgiven.

  22. ugh hate this post. Given that half of american marriages end in divorce and many of those go on to remarry…that creates many many stepfamilies…Ridiculous to stereotype those families as any different…or less loving or functional….And as much as I dislike Reese this is not a stepparent issue or for that matter an issue about her parents. This is about someone taking afvantage of someone with dementia….which is sick and gross…my mom has dementia…. I would hurt anyone that took advantage of her..and now she gets paid for interviews…disgusting.

    • Emily says:

      Half of American marriages do not end in divorce. The highest divorce rate for any woman is 40% for those who marry under 25, have no college education, and have no outside source of income. It’s 25% for women who marry at 25 or later, have some college education, and have their own source of income. It’s probably 50% or more for celebrities, but they’re very strange.

      The half of marriages end in divorce lie was created in the late 1970s from some very shoddy statistical work. Not only was it false then, but the divorce rate has also gone down since.

  23. skyler1 says:

    I always suspected Reese was a self-entitled snotrag…but who needs this idiot ‘stepmom’ getting her licks in?

  24. RobN says:

    Married a married man suffering from dementia to gain access to his daughter’s wealth and is just a tiny bit pissed off that it didn’t work out that way. Doesn’t really matter to me what Reese is really like; I’m still all in favor of a daughter trying to protect her damaged father from people like this woman.

  25. NP says:

    Fact; Witherspoon/Taylor DO know each other. Taylor attended Witherspoon’s Walk of Fame Star ceremony with Witherspoon’s dad along with brother and mother. There are pixs all over of that. They ALL know each other! I am not buying the dementia thing. Records were sealed and since Witherspoon came out and tried to say Toth is the one with the drinking problem and has taken no accountability about what happened, how can one believe anything out of Witherspoon’s camp?

  26. PR Peeps says:

    This is the National Enquire people! All that issue has been settled and everyone has moved on from it. This is just more damage control. You know, take the negativity off you by placing it somewhere else. Very common practice in PR!

  27. Amanda says:

    Her family situation seems really messed up. No excuse for her behaviour though.

  28. Olivia says:

    Reese ignored her family and their growing problems for years. She only became interested when she realized her parents house was about to be foreclosed on and they were blowing through all the money she sent their way. Her father may have dementia but he was still practicing medicine until this issue came to light last year. Her mother was let go from her teaching job at a nurses hospital because she canceled so many classes.

    • Angelic 20 says:

      I am no Reese fan but if she was sending them money regularly then you cannot say for sure that she was ignoring them unless you know her personally. Also she was sending them money and became interested and probably helped them when they were in terrible and yet you say she ignored them. This doesn’t sound like ignoring your family to me.

      • Olivia says:

        She was ignoring them enough that this situation got out of hand. Money doesn’t fix everything. I am sure no child expects their parents to be reckless but sending check after check without wondering what they were spending it on was pretty naive. Reese spent little time in nashville, in fact, she often had her mother fly to LA to pick up ava for summer camp.Everyone in Nashville knew there were problems, their house was falling apart, their physical appearance and her mother was let go from her teaching job because she wouldn’t show up for class. Like I said, money doesn’t fix things.

  29. Angelic 20 says:

    I would love to get real dirt on Reese but not from a woman who married a man suffering from dementia.

  30. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ll be glad when she’s out of the news; it’s kind of overload, like Kim K. and Goop.

  31. Str8Shooter says:


    She has never met her, and yet she can offer all of these opinions about her? Oh wait…that’s right, she wants MONEY!!

    I think Reese is a total bitch, for the record. But, really, this is just ridiculous.

  32. HA says:

    Don’t like Witherfake, never have, never will and pretty darn sad and pathetic that she continues to crap on people and spewing lies! Wow!

  33. Jag says:

    I don’t like Reese and probably never will. Her buying up properties around her current home, then razing them to make backyards and such, bothers me, too.