Billie Lourd has long preferred to keep her personal life as private as possible but the actress has taken the rare step of releasing a public statement on a quiet family feud by offering her side of the story ahead of a special ceremony to honor her mother The late Carrie Fisher.
In a statement received The Hollywood Reporter, Lourd first apologizes to “anyone reading this for feeling the need to publicly defend myself” from family members, adding that she is only doing it after “an attack to be public” through statements given to TMZ and posted on social media. She then confirms that she didn’t invite Fisher Todd’s siblings, Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher to Thursday’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony and “they know why.”
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“Days after my mom died, her brother and sister chose to publicly process their grief and capitalize on my mom’s death, by doing multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, and my deaths mom and my grandmother as a subject. I found out they did this through the press. They never consulted with me or considered how this would affect our relationship,” Lourd’s statement reads. “While I recognize that they have every right to do whatever they choose, their actions were very hurtful to me at the most difficult time in my life. I chose and still choose to deal with her loss in a much different way.”
The family suffered a huge loss when loved Star wars icon, died in Los Angeles at age 60 on December 27, 2016. One day later, Fisher’s mother, legendary performer Debbie Reynolds died at age 84 in Los Angeles on December 28, 2016. On June 5, 2018 , Todd Fisher published the memoir My Girls: Life with Carrie and Debbie. Joely Fisher also published a memoir, A Fisherman Growing Up: Thoughts, Memories and Incidents in 2017. For her part, Lourd has a relatively private life, preferring to share bits of it on Instagram where she posts tributes to her mother and grandmother on anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions. She does very few interviews, and they are usually related to acting projects such as the recent ones Ticket to Paradise.
The story came to light on May 2 when TMZ reported that Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, was not invited to see his sister posthumously honored with a star on the Walk of Fame this week. “I am heartbroken and appalled that I was intentionally left out of attending this important legacy event for my sister, Carrie,” he told the outlet. Early Wednesday, Fisher’s sisters, Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, released a joint statement posted on Joely’s Instagram confirming that they were also not invited to attend.
“For some strange, misguided reason our niece chose not to include us in this epic moment in our sister’s career. Carrie definitely wanted her sisters to be there for him. It is very shocking that her one brother and two sisters were deliberately and intentionally excluded,” the sisters’ statement reads.
Lourd noted both the TMZ and IG posts in his statement. “Todd Fisher’s press release to TMZ and Joely Fisher’s Instagram post once again confirm that my instincts were right. To be clear – there is no cheating. We are not related. This was a conscious decision on my part to break a cycle of a lifestyle that I want no part of for myself or my children,” said Lourd, who has two children with husband Austen Rydell.
After Lourd issued the statement, Todd Fisher responded with a lie, offering, “We made every effort to speak with Billie’s team regarding the invitation before he made any public comments. Keeping the focus on Carrie Fisher, let’s put our differences aside for the hour ceremony and move on from there. I was told there was no way out and why would I want to raise the level of emotions for my niece, going further to say that if I showed up, she wouldn’t.”
He defended the memorial saying, “I never took advantage of the death of Carrie or my mother Debbie, and I never meant to hurt Billie in any way, and that’s the truth. Billie’s father was well aware months before my book, which was a loving and truthful tribute to the incredible life, not death, of Carrie and mum and the 60 plus years I spent with them both.”
Read Billie Lourd’s full statement below.
I have seen the posts and the press release issued by my mother’s brother and sister. I apologize to anyone reading this for feeling the need to publicly defend myself from these family members. But unfortunately, because they attacked me publicly, I have to respond publicly. The truth is that I did not invite them to this ceremony. They know why.
Days after my mom died, her brother and sister chose to publicly process their grief and capitalize on my mom’s death, by doing multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, to my mom’s death and my grandmother as a subject. I found out they did this through the press. They never consulted me or considered how this would affect our relationship. I and those who were close to her do not really know the truth about my mother’s complicated relationship with her family. While I recognize that they have every right to do whatever they choose, their actions hurt me at the most difficult time in my life. I chose and still choose to deal with her loss in a much different way.
Todd Fisher’s press release to TMZ and Joely Fisher’s Instagram post once again confirm that my instincts were right. To be clear – there is no cheating. We are not related. This was a conscious decision on my part to break a cycle with a lifestyle that I want no part of for myself or my children.
The people who knew and loved my mom at Disney and Lucasfilm made this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor her legacy. This moment is about Carrie Fisher and all she accomplished and what she meant to the world. I’m going to focus on that. May the 4th be with you.
Wednesday, May 3, 10:22pm: Updated to include Todd Fisher’s statement.
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