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Kansas native secures stalking restraining order against parents

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© Facebook/Aubrey Ireland and her father, David Ireland © Facebook/Aubrey Ireland and her father, David Ireland
LEAWOOD, KS (KCTV) -

Aubrey Ireland was super talented and destined for headlines.

But they were expected to be headlines for her performing abilities, not international headlines for taking her parents to court for allegedly stalking her.

"(I was like) a dog with a collar on," Aubrey Ireland said in an October court hearing, according to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A judge in Ohio ruled in the 21-year-old woman's favor, ordering her parents, David and Julie Ireland, to stay at least 500 feet from her until at least Sept. 23, 2013. Court officials told her parents that they, not their daughter, were the problem.

Aubrey Ireland grew up in Leawood, KS, a posh suburb of Kansas City where she attended Blue Valley North High School. David and Julie Ireland contend they catered to their only child's every need and she is just ungrateful for their support. They want her to repay the $66,000 they spent toward her education at a prestigious university since she has cut off ties with them.

The parents told a judge that their daughter is a convincing "good actor", and her claims are complete and total lies.

"We're not bothering her," Julie Ireland said in court. "We're not a problem."

KCTV5's Alice Barr went to the Ireland home in Leawood Friday afternoon seeking a comment, but no one was home.

Neighbors described a tight-knit family and proud parents who worked hard to give their only child anything she wanted, but said they could be too overprotective.

Aubrey Ireland is a senior at College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH, where she has snagged lead roles and many accolades. She is a singer, dancer and actress, and has performed in events in the Kansas City area, including Evita at Crown Center this summer. A photo shared of her and her father on Facebook shows them smiling at the theater.

But she claims that her parents installed tracking technology on her smartphone, computer and even watched her via Skype while she was asleep.The parents admitted to installing the monitoring software.

Aubrey Ireland said she was forced to take action when they accused her of sleeping around and using drugs.

"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 Ireland told the Ohio judge in October.

The parents allegedly traveled to Ohio to meet with their daughter's department head to say she had mental issues that could force them to have her treated against her will and the family feud could make headlines. 

"My mom has always been very overly involved," Aubrey Ireland told ABC News. "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 attorney told media outlets Friday that his client did the ABC interview without his knowledge and declined to make her available for additional interviews.

"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," Aubrey Ireland said. "Basically control all of my daily life."

Her school reportedly hired security guards to keep her parents away from her performances. The parents have stopped paying her tuition, and the school provided Aubrey Ireland a full scholarship for her senior year.

David Ireland reportedly said in court that he was worried about his daughter's mental health because of a history of suicides in his family.

Police last year were allegedly called to Aubrey Ireland's home in Ohio to break up a fight between Aubrey and Julie Ireland with each woman accusing the other of assaulting her.

David and Julie Ireland asked neighbors, friends and relatives to write letters of support about their parenting skills that could be given to the judge in Ohio.

Aubrey Ireland said she went to court as a last resort.

"I never wanted this to happen, that's the last thing I wanted," the woman told ABC. "But I wasn't in control of my life anymore. I knew they were holding me back emotionally, mentally and professionally. And that it got to the point where that was basically my last option."

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