If you’ve ever watched TLC’s Toddler’s & Tiaras, you’ve surely heard of Eden Wood. As a matter of fact, you’ve probably heard of her even if you haven’t seen the show. Well, Eden’s former manager Heather Ryan has written a tell-all book exposing all the behind-the-scenes antics of both Eden and her mother Mickie Wood — and she’s using Eden’s former publicist to launch it.
Eden, now 8, began competing in pageants when she was 14 months but retired when she was just 6 years old to pursue her acting and modeling career. Eden now travels the world meeting other beauty queens and has recently launched her own clothing line. However, during the time she was on the show she was apparently no Miss Perfect, and in her upcoming tell-all, Heather paints Eden as a total brat.
“Mickie was afraid that Eden would have a psychotic meltdown on camera because the child was not used to doing the ‘charitable thing’ by giving away toys on her own birthday… Mickie was so worried that Eden would melt down when she realized we were donating all the toys that I collected to children in the hospital, that she was chain smoking like a fiend…” Heather wrote in a chapter titled “Music Videos and Fake Philanthropy,” detailing an episode of the show in which Eden was to make a toy donation to the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.
“I gathered several donations from generous friends and went shopping for additional items listed on the Blank Children’s Hospital website to make a pretty display of toys for ‘Eden to Donate’ to sick, hospitalized children, in honor of her 6th birthday,” Heather continues. “Mickie purchased a bunch of toys for Eden at the Wal-Mart when she arrived in Iowa, so that Eden wouldn’t see other children, regardless of their life threatening illnesses, receive toys when she did not.”
“The book goes into depth about the abuse and fame game that Eden’s mother, Mickie Wood has played for the past five years,” Andrew Sullivan (Eden’s former publicist who will be helping Heather launch the book) told Radar Online. “It is being released self-published and will debut the first week in April.”
Heather also wrote about a trying time during a music video shoot they did for Eden’s single, “Cutie Patootie.”
“When Eden returned to Iowa during her birthday weekend, February 18, 2010, I also set up a shoot schedule for her to film her very first music video. Again, I wanted Eden to be the ground breaker for which every other pageant girl aspired. No other girl had a doll, a book, a single, and now a music video,” Heather explained. “Mickie was absolutely worthless in all things production and creative – not to mention budget. We had absolutely no budget at all for a music video, so I was tasked with, and devised a plan, to create a mall concert scene where people actually showed up – for no pay – and cheered as if they were big fans… Pulling off these tasks were not that easy an undertaking.”
Heather says the book will be full of controversial tidbits about Eden, her mother, and “a very heavy focus on her father as well.”
Let’s just hope Heather’s literary endeavor turns out better than her musical one. Here’s the music video for “Pageant Mama Drama” recorded by Heather Ryan and Mickie Wood back when they were on
speaking singing terms: