Julia Roberts, 55, revealed in a recent interview that her parents befriended the late Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King before he was born when they lived in Atlanta. Due to this relationship, the Hollywood star admitted that Martin and his wife had paid his hospital bill which had been piling up since he was born, as Julia’s family had money problems at the time.
Julia made the shocking revelation in an interview with CBS News reporter Gayle King.
His parents, Walter and Betty Lou, befriended the Kings as they ran an acting school in Atlanta, which at the time was one of the few schools to accept the Kings.
She told Gayle, “The King family paid my hospital bill. Martin Luther King and Coretta.”
Julia said they were ready to “help them out of a mess” after her parents accepted the King’s children into their Atlanta school.
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The Hollywood star explained: “One day Coretta called my mom and asked if her kids could be in the school because they were having trouble finding a place that would accept her kids.
“My mom was like, ‘Of course, come,’ and they all became friends, and they helped us out of a mess.”
Julia referenced segregation in the 1960s, and it was reported that because of their kindness, the Roberts family was targeted by members of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
She called the town a “living hell” after her friend was refused service because of the color of her skin.
Julia was in Abbeville filming Sleeping with the Enemy, and locals weren’t too happy with her comments, taking out an ad in Variety titled, “Pretty Woman? Pretty Low.”
In a statement at the time, Julia said: “I was born in the South, so I’m in no way trying to create a stereotype.
“I was shocked that this type of treatment still existed in America in the 90s – in the South or elsewhere.”
Julia celebrated her 55th birthday last week alongside husband Danny Moder and their children, twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 17, and Henry, 15.
The Hollywood star shared a rare snap from inside her home as she celebrated her birthday while enjoying a cup of coffee surrounded by balloons.
She appeared makeup-free and satisfied, captioning the Instagram post, “Feeling the love and magic on my 55th birthday. My cup is overflowing.”
Julia has been married to Daniel since 2002 and the couple share three children.