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Aubrey Ireland didn’t want it to come to this, but the 21-year old student at College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati says she had no choice:

She has been awarded a civil stalking restraining order against her parents.

A judge has ruled that David and Julie Ireland must remain at least 500 feet away from their only child because Aubrey says their protectiveness has spiraled out of control.

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“They basically thought that they were paying for my college tuition and living expenses that they could tell me what to do,” Ireland told ABC News.


For example, she alleges her parents installed monitoring software on her computer and her phone; would show up announced for meetings with her and her department heads; and have accused her of drug use and promiscuity.

“My mom has always been very overly involved,” Ireland says. “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.”

David and Julie Ireland disagree, of course. They demand a refund on the $66,000 they have paid toward Aubry’s college tuition and they believe, according to Julie, that they are “not bothering her.”

Aubrey adds that her parents have been diagnosed with co-dependency disorder and:

“I knew that they were holding me back emotionally, mentally, and professionally and that it got to the point where that was basically my last option.”