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Court orders parents to stop ‘stalking’ daughter

A musical theatre student has won a court order to stop her helicopter parents from stalking her.

Aubrey Ireland told an Ohio court she was treated “like I was a dog with a collar on,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

Common Pleas Court Judge Jody Luebbers agreed, ordering David and Julie Ireland to have no contact with their 21-year-old honours student daughter until at least Sept. 23, 2013.

The young woman had filed a Sept. 24 stalking order against her parents as a last resort, she said.

They basically thought that they were paying for my college tuition and living expenses that they could tell me what to do who to hang out with … basically control all of my daily life,” Ireland told ABC News.

“My mom has always been very overly involved,” Ireland said. “I would have to get on Skype all the time to show them that I was in my dorm room, or there were nights I had to leave my Skype on all night and my mom would watch me basically sleep.”

Her parents would drive the 1,000 kilometres from their home in Leawood, Kansas, an affluent suburb of Kansas City, to visit their daughter unannounced at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, she told the court at an Oct. 9 hearing.

They admitted they attached spyware to Aubrey’s laptop and cellphone to keep tabs on her, the Enquirer reported from a court hearing.

The school hired security guards to bar them from her many performances, the Enquirer said. When they cut off her tuition, the prestigious school gave her a scholarship.

The Irelands didn’t answer the phone at their Leawood home.

The Kansas City Star reported, however, that Mrs. Ireland boasted in July, 2011 on a neighbourhood web page of her daughter’s starring role.

Her parents started her with singing and dancing lessons at age 2 ½, the Star reported. As a kid, Aubrey was a “triple threat in local theatre circles: She could act, sing and dance,” the Star said.

Indeed, while her battle against her parents ground through the courts, Aubrey won the lead actress award from the League of Cincinnati Theatres for her role in the local production of “Chess.”

“She’s an only child who was catered to all her life by loving parents,” Julie Ireland told the court, the Enquirer reported. “We’re not bothering her.”

Aubrey’s Facebook pages are filled with hundreds of pictures of her performing.

The Enquirer said Aubrey’s parents accused her of illegal drug use, promiscuity and suffering mental issues.

David Ireland told the court her risky behaviour worried them particularly “because of my family history of mental health,” the newspaper reported.

At a Dec. 10 court hearing after a mediated settlement fell through, Mrs. Ireland told the court their daughter was “a good actor and lying.”

“It’s just been really embarrassing and upsetting to have my parents come to my university when I’m a grown adult and just basically slander my name and follow me around,” Aubrey told the court.

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