Queen of Versailles star Jackie Siegel reveals that her teenage daughter who died from opioid addiction was embarrassed by the movie that skyrocketed their family to fame and called it 'the worst thing to happen' to her.
Siegel, 58, revealed despite the fame that came with filming the documentary Queen of Versailles, which followed the family’s journey of building a 90,000-square-foot mansion in Orlando inspired by Versailles in France, it caused a rift in her family.
Some even speculated that the pressures of being on TV may have contributed to Jackie's daughter Victoria's turn to drugs as the filming started when she was just 12.
Siegel and her 84-year-old time share mogul husband David starred in the show along with their eight kids.
'She was embarrassed by it, and she was also going through a kind of a bad period in her life, weight-wise,' David says to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. 'Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong.'
Jackie Siegel revealed that her daughter Victoria, who died of a drug overdose at the age of 18 in 2015, hated shooting for their film Queen of Versailles
Jackie shared this photo celebrating her twin daughters' birthdays on October 20. Jackie, her husband and their eight children rose to fame during the firming of the movie Queen of Versailles, which followed their efforts to build a Versailles-inspired mansion in Florida
'She was embarrassed by it, and she was also going through a kind of a bad period in her life, weight-wise,' David said on his daughter Victoria and her feelings about filming Queen of Versailles . 'Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong'
At the age of 18 Victoria tragically died by overdosing on methadone and antidepressants on June 6, 2015. Jackie published her daughter's diary detailing her struggle with addiction in March, which was Victoria's last wish.
'In her diary, she said the worst thing that had happened to her was the movie Queen of Versailles,' Jackie said.
The family rose to fame in the documentary where they chased the American dream and tried to build a modern Versailles palace in suburban Florida
'When the camera people were around, David would try to lock up somewhere and hide. He had no interest in it or being with them, either. It was hard for them to catch any normal family interaction.'
David went further to say the documentary wasn't completely accurate, in fact he says just 25 percent of it was true.
'During that same time we were going through the recession, so between business pressure and these film people showing up unexpected. … I would throw them out, and Jackie would bring them back in. They would show up on holidays and birthdays and on Christmas. It was a bad period. Then they showed the company in a bad light. Only about 25 percent of the film was accurate,' he said.
In 2012 the film was finally released, but things only became more complicated for Victoria with the fame.
'Once the movie came out, she was treated totally differently at school. People used her to buy the drugs or to get money from her, and since they knew now that she was rich, it was like, "Oh, she’s got the rich parents," even though