The Hollywood star’s 75-year-old mum Betty was admitted to a hospital near her home in Atlanta, Georgia, where doctors performed an angioplasty procedure, according to the National Enquirer.
But Roberts, who is currently filming in India, where cell phone coverage is scarce, had no idea about her mother’s health scare and was only notified about it after her operation – because the news allegedly took too long to filter through her heavy security.
A source tells the tabloid, “Julia was relieved to hear that her mother had undergone surgery and was recovering. But when she found out it took a day and a half for her family to get through her intense security, she absolutely exploded.
“Betty was lucky to undergo the procedure when she did, because if she hadn’t, she could have died. The situation became even more dire when Julia’s family tried to reach her and couldn’t. Julia had no clue what was going on. By the time she got the news, her mother was stabilised and well into recovery.”
The shock reportedly left Roberts in tears and she reprimanded the film staff about the intense security on set.
The insider adds, “Initially, Julia freaked out and began crying. Ultimately, she grew enraged when she found out how long it took her to get the news.
“Julia railed at them (movie crew), ‘When your own family can’t get through to you, that’s too much security! My mum could have been dead, and I might have been the last one in the world to know about it.’
“Julia said she’d rather have no security at all than go through an episode like that again… She only calmed down when she talked to her mother herself, and was sure that she was out of the woods.”
Roberts has been shooting Eat, Pray, Love in India for the last few weeks.
A representative for Roberts had yet to respond to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.