Billie Lourd has always preferred to keep her personal life as private as possible, but the actress took the rare step of making a public statement to defuse the family feud by offering her side of the story before a private ceremony honoring her late mother, Carrie Fisher.
In a statement received Hollywood ReporterLorde first apologizes to “anyone reading this for feeling the need to defend myself publicly” from family members, adding that she only does so after being “publicly attacked by them” through statements submitted to TMZ and posted on social media. She then confirmed that she didn’t invite Fisher’s siblings Todd, Julie, and Tricia Lee Fisher to Thursday’s Hollywood Walk of Fame and “they know why.”
“Days after my mother died, her brother and sister chose to address their grief publicly and capitalize on my mother’s death, by giving multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, with the deaths of my mother and grandmother as the subject. I found out they did it through the press. They never consulted me or thought How this affects our relationship,” Lorde’s statement reads. “Although I understand that they have every right to do whatever they choose, their actions were deeply traumatic for me at the most difficult time of my life. I chose and continue to choose to deal with her loss in a very different way.”
The family suffered a heavy loss of the beloved star Wars He died in Los Angeles at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016. A day later, Fisher’s mother, legendary entertainer Debbie Reynolds, died at the age of 84 in Los Angeles on December 28, 2016. On June 5, 2018, Todd Fisher published the memoir My daughters: Omar with Carrie and Debbie. Julie Fisher has also published a memoir, Growing up Fisher: Reflections, Memories, and Adventures in 2017. For her part, Lorde lives a relatively private life, which she prefers to share parts of via Instagram where she occasionally posts tributes to her mother and grandmother on anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions. Her interviews are few and far between, usually related to acting projects like the latter Heaven ticket.
The situation came to light on May 2 when TMZ reported that Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, was not invited to see his sister be posthumously honored with a star on this week’s Walk of Fame. “It is heartbreaking and shocking to me that I was purposefully left out of attending this important legacy event for my sister, Carrie,” he told the outlet. Early Wednesday, the Fisher sisters, Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, released a joint statement posted to Joely’s Instagram confirming that they, too, were not invited to attend.
“For some strange and misguided reason, our niece chose not to include us in this epic moment in our sister’s career. This is something Carrie definitely wanted her siblings to be there for. The fact that her only brother and two sisters were intentionally and deliberately left out is absolutely shocking,” she said. As stated in the statement of the two sisters.
Lorde referenced both the TMZ and IG posts in her statement. The press release Todd Fisher provided to TMZ and Joely Fisher’s Instagram post, once again confirms that my instincts were correct. To be clear – there is no animosity. We are not related. This was a conscious decision. On my part to break a cycle with a lifestyle I want no part of for myself or my children.”
Read Billie Lourd’s full statement below.
I have seen the publications and press releases of 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 must respond publicly. The fact is that I did not invite them to this celebration. They know why.
Days after my mother died, her brother and sister chose to address their grief publicly and capitalize on my mother’s death, by giving multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, with the deaths of my mother and grandmother as the theme. I found out they did it through the press. They never consulted me or considered how this might affect our relationship. The truth about my mother’s very complex relationship with her family is known only to me and those who were really close to her. Although I understand that they have every right to do as they choose, their actions were very painful for me at the most difficult time in my life. I chose, and continue to choose, to deal with her loss in a very different way.
The press release, provided to TMZ by Todd Fisher and posted to Instagram by Joely Fisher, once again confirms that my instincts were correct. To be clear – there is no animosity. Nothing to do with us. This was a conscious decision on my part to break a cycle with a lifestyle I want no part of for myself or my children.
The people who knew and loved my mom at Disney and Lucasfilm have this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring her legacy as possible. This moment is about Carrie Fisher and everything she’s accomplished and what she means to the world. I will focus on that. May the fourth be with you.
More is coming.