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Brooke Shields: Never give up

Brooke Shields will never be the victim of someone else's carelessness.

The actress and her mother, Teri, had a troubled relationship, with the now 49-year-old often having to look after her alcoholic parent.

In her book There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, Brooke addresses her experiences with her mom, who passed away in 2012. And in a new interview she revealed what she's learnt from having such a tough upbringing.

“Never give up. Especially, don’t give up on yourself," she told New You magazine.

"Everybody’s going to try and give up on you, so you might as well be there for yourself. A lot of the time, it’s not because people are intentionally trying to be cruel. It’s just that we’re all trying to survive. It’s self-preservation to a certain extent. And it’s OK; people are human and that’s fine. But that shouldn’t make a victim of you.”

Brooke and her mother also shared good times, such as moments of hysterical laughter, which she details in her book. She also keeps Teri's ashes on the bar in her living room.

She would compare their relationship to adopting a troubled dog.

"[Caring for her was] survival," she admitted. "It’s funny, I’ve adopted different dogs, and the only time they ever became slightly dangerous was when I would try to take their food away.

"This one dog I rescued under the Hudson River wouldn’t let me out of her sight, and one day she went after me. I was heartbroken, as I thought this dog was being so loyal. I asked the trainer and she said, 'The dog is not in love with you. She’s in love with her food source.' To a certain extent, that speaks to a similar notion: ‘I have to keep my mom alive.’”

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