Ariel Winter has been waiting for more than a year to head off to college after making the decision to defer her admission into UCLA due to her heavy Modern Family filming schedule. Now that’s she’s finally on campus, she’s ready to hit the books — but it sounds like her college career hasn’t gotten off to the best start. In fact, the actress claims her first day was “ruined” by the paparazzi.
The 19-year-old was set to attend classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, on Thursday — just like so many of her peers. But unlike the other students, Winter happens to be famous.
“Well the paparazzi just successfully ruined my first day of school. Thanks,” she tweeted after photos of her on campus popped up online.
Two weeks ago, the actress took to Instagram to explain to her fans and followers, “I am not trying to be pap’d everywhere I go, I am literally just LIVING and unfortunately, I can’t do that without paparazzi following me around everyday.”
At the time, she was speaking about the scrutiny and judgment she faces when photographers snap pics of her in outfits that some people don’t like. “I’m not trying to show you my ass in shorts when I go to the grocery store. I’m trying to live my life,” she continued. “I don’t want people to constantly see me in the news for going to dinner, or grocery shopping, or anything.” (We can probably add “going to school” to that list too.)
She noted firmly, “I want to be in the news when I ASK for it by going to a publicized event, or EVEN BETTER, when I have work out/coming out!”
Some fans totally have Winter’s back, and responded to her tweet about college with compassion and understanding.
It’s pretty clear how Winter herself feels about the situation. We just hope she’s able to enjoy the rest of her college experience.
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