Photography by Josh Olins for WSJ. Magazine
Julia Roberts has been privately mourning the death of her half-sister, Nancy Motes. The 37-year-old died Feb. 9 of an apparent drug overdose, and at the time, her family was understandably "shocked and devastated."
In WSJ. Magazine's May issue, Roberts opens up for the first time about her sibling's sudden passing. "It's just heartbreak," she says, tearing up. "It's only been 20 days. There aren't words to explain what any of us have been through in these last 20 days. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead. It's hour by hour some days, but you just keep looking ahead. You don't want anything bad to happen to anyone, but there are so many tragic, painful, inexplicable things in the world.
"But [as with] any situation of challenge and despair," the Normal Heart actress says, "we must find a way, as a family. It's so hard to formulate a sentence about it outside the weepy huddle of my family."