Chloe Grace Moretz opened up to Glamour about her broken relationship with her father in the mag’s June 2016 cover story. He left before she turned 13, and her mom raised her and her four brothers as a single parent.
“I was 12. It was a pretty bad experience,” the Neighbors 2 actress, now 19, recalled. “It could have rocked our family and messed us up, but it actually made us a lot tighter. My brothers bumped up into the roles of fathers and kept me in a bubble where I could live in a world that wasn’t jaded and ruined.”
This isn’t the first time Moretz has addressed her parents’ painful divorce. The Carrie actress shared with Marie Claire in February that she felt betrayed after her father “just left,” and that pain still lingers.
“I don’t think I will truly find a way to forgive,” Moretz told Glamour in her latest interview. “The things that he did are unforgivable … My forgiveness is that I’m living my life.”
As a result of that, she also grapples with trust. “In my business in general, it’s hard to trust people. And it definitely affected me at a young age in terms of accepting people into my life on a personal level,” Moretz revealed. “But I’ve overcome that in the past few years — dealing with relationships, dealing with guys. You don’t realize why you’re acting a certain way, and then you start to piece it together, and you realize you’ve got a slight case of PTSD.”
The actress said she questions people’s intentions and whether they’re after “the fame and the money.” Because of that, it takes her “a long time” to open up. “There are a lot of walls. My mom is the same way,” Moretz said of her mother, Teri Moretz. “She loves, she forgives, she accepts, but it takes a long time for her to really trust, which is a good thing. Don’t be a shell of a person, but don’t go head over heels on the first date.”
Luckily, Moretz has a protective group of people surrounding her, including her four brothers, Trevor, Ethan, Brandon and Colin. “They peeled back when I turned 18, but yeah, it’s like I have four bodyguards,” said Moretz, who’s currently dating Brooklyn Beckham. “When a guy comes to the house to pick me up for a date, I enjoy them answering the door, shaking his hand, and then him being like, ‘Your brothers are kind of scary.’ I’m like, ‘They are definitely very scary.’ I enjoy the power of that.”
She’s equally protective of her family. The saucy star recalled one story when she stuck up for two of her brothers, who are gay, during a family trip. “Most recently in Colorado over Christmas … My family was at a bar postskiing, doing a pizza, chicken-wing thing,” Moretz said. “These guys go, ‘Ugh, who let the f-a-g-g-o-t-s in here?’ I was like, ‘What did you say?’ My two straight brothers bucked up too. I was like, ‘Do you want to say it again?’ They were like, ‘No, it’s all good.’ I’m the type of person who will start swinging if you offend my family.”
In addition to family dynamics, the outspoken teen addressed her crazy feud with Kim Kardashian over the reality star’s nude selfie in February. “The way I look at it is, I’m trying to start conversations,” Moretz explained. “You might not agree with my opinions, and that’s great—I would love to talk about it.”
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