Alexis Stewart has spoken up about her apparently damning critique of her childhood, growing up as domestic diva Martha Stewart's only daughter.
In an uncomfortable interview on Today.com, the 46-year-old said that revelations from her new book, including that there was 'never any food in the house', were 'supposed to be funny.'
In Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, Alexis writes: 'If I didn't do something perfectly, I had to do it again... I grew up with a glue gun pointed at my head.'
Just a joke: Alexis Stewart has defended her book, saying the revelations about her mother 'were supposed to be funny'
The TV host and author this morning attempted to set the record straight: 'The book is supposed to be funny and everyone can make funny stories up about their families.
'There were no glue guns... I wish there had been, it would have been more fun... She worked hard and was a perfectionist and I don't have a problem with that.'
The book, launched last week, conflicted with the carefully contrived public image of Martha Stewart, 70, lover of all things familial, home-made, hand-crafted and celebratory.
'It sounds like...the reality [of your mother's image] didn't quite match up to what the world sees. Is that what you meant to say?' asked the show.
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'Not at all,' Alexis said. 'I think that fact is...First of all it's not a book about my mother. It's about growing up, what happened or didn't happen and being comfortable with all that.'
'There's no dirt,' Alexis insists, though the book and its fallout have given the world a telling look into tensions within the Stewart household.
'It's about growing up, what happened or didn't happen and being comfortable with all that'
'You paint a picture of you kind of having to forage for yourself,' the news programme says, referring to the book's revelation that there 'was never anything to eat at my house. Other people had food. I had no food ... There were ingredients but no prepared food of any kind.'
Alexis remains unperturbed when asked whether this is so.
'Well, a little bit, my mother was a caterer and she worked very hard, we were not wealthy... and so there were ingredients.
'Was it annoying? Yeah. Did I get to go to my friends' houses and eat junk food? Sure. And I'm a great cook. And, guess what? There's no prepared food in my house.'
The mother-of-one's answers were mostly delivered without a smiles, her tone matter-of-fact.
No love lost: Co-authors Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, left, and Alexis Stewart acted coldly towards each other after 'breaking up' as close friends of six years
Martha last week defended the book, co-authored with Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, saying it was 'hilarious' and 'enlightening,' encouraging her TV show's viewers to buy and support the new title.
The latter is certainly no lie, especially when it comes to the discovery that the heavenly homemaker is no fan of October 31.
'Could this possibly be true?' asks Today, citing Alexis' tale about Halloween celebrations - or lack thereof - in the Stewart household.
Whateverland: Learning to live here by Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt
'Of course, one or two years that was the case. And it was super fun to turn off the lights and pretend we weren't home. She also hand sewed me a giant bunny costume and a hideous Bo Peep costume.'
That revelation, didn't, however, make the book.
As for the odd information about her mother's bathroom habits, Alexis is spikily defensive.
'Why is that embarrassing?... So I should have grown up in an uptight family where you're not allowed to talk about the fact that people actually have to urinate occasionally?'
Today's host tactfully declines to answer.
On the show, the famous daughter said she is 'very close' to her mother, 'but not a single other person in my family' and that she finds it 'fun' falling out with friends.
There is clearly no love lost between the book's co-authors, who 'broke up' after working together for six years and completing the book.
'If you want to punish somebody, never talking to them again is a really good method... Some people are very clingy and some people like to be by themselves,' Alexis said, sitting next to former best friend, Ms Koppelman Hutt.
The old euphemism, 'With friends like these...' comes to mind.