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Ariel Winter of Modern Family is officially emancipated

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17-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter announced on Friday that her years-long custody battle has come to an end.

“I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity,” the actress tweeted

She also gave shout-outs to her father and older sister Shanelle Gray, who was appointed her guardian in 2012 after the Department of Children and Family Services found evidence that her mother, Chrisoula Workman, emotionally abused Ariel.

Head over to People to read more about Winter’s battle and how co-star Julie Bowen supported the young actress’ battle.

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