In December, Sarah Hyland faced backlash after sharing a fundraising campaign to help support her uncle, who needed surgeries following a devastating car accident that killed her 14-year-old cousin. The actress called out those who criticized her for only donating $1,000 to the fund, and now her Modern Family co-star Ariel Winter is doing the same, after getting her own tase of GoFundMe drama.
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Earlier this week Winter shared a link to a GoFundMe page to help her own cousin, Tino Tsutras, get financial support. According to the page’s bio, Tsutras was rushed to the hospital last week and diagnosed with Haemophilus influenzae. While he is no longer in the ICU, he remains under observation and is “still in pain.”
“Obviously, with this happening, Tino will be out of work for sometime until he is fully diagnosed and able to physically return to the workforce,” the GoFundMe page reads. “In an effort to help with his living expenses and other needed items, while he is unable to work, let’s come together as family and friends to help our dear friend not have to worry about money as he tries to recover!”
Winter encouraged fans who could to donate and shared photos of herself with Tsutras.
But the plea caused some fans to question why the star wasn’t footing the bill herself.
Winter fired back at one “s****y response,” explaining that she was simply sharing the GoFundMe page out of support. She also intimated that she had offered financial assistance.
The backlash clearly upset the 21-year-old, prompting her to call out the “hate tweets” she’s received.
She also retweeted this comment from a supportive fan.
“Unfortunately people just assume that because you are a well-paid star that you can afford to pay for everything for any member of your family, but I’m probably guessing that your extended family didn’t want to bother you that way,” another fan tweeted. “Hope he gets better soon.”
Despite the criticism, the fundraiser has exceeded its $15,000 goal, collecting more than $19,000 in donations — including a $2,500 contribution from Hyland.
In other Winter news, the actress has opened up about her mental health and weight loss in an Instagram Stories Q&A session, explaining that her new anti-depressants “instantly made me drop all of the weight I couldn’t lose before just by giving me back a metabolism.”
“I want to gain a few pounds of muscle and get healthier,” she added. “Also want my butt back.”
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