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Ariel Winter Gets Driver's Permit Amidst Family Drama

Ariel Winter

A young Modern Family star is growing up fast! Ariel Winter received her driver’s permit on Wednesday, and shared the happy news with her fans on Instagram.

Although she looks well beyond her years in the photo, the 15-year-old posted a typical, giddy reaction to her achievement. “I PASSED. I PASSED. I PASSED I PASSED I PASSED!” she wrote. “I am now a permitted driver… scared. Actually don’t be…I’m a safe driving nerd YAY!!” She followed the post with several hashtags, further expressing her excitement.

The happy news is a nice break for the actress, who has been in the middle of an ongoing custody battle since November 2012. At that time, she was removed from her mother’s house due to allegations of emotional and physical abuse, and has since been living with her older sister, Shanelle Gray. However, earlier this month, Ariel’s brother filed his own custody papers, alleging that Shanelle “exploits Ariel’s fame and money to promote her acting school.”

Lucky for Ariel, she’s been able to escape a lot of the drama with her on-screen Modern Family. The show will return to ABC on Sept. 25.


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