Billie Lourd is remembering her late mother and Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher in honor of Mother’s Day.
The actress, 31, took to her Instagram page and shared a photo of the pair sharing a zen moment together, along with a lengthy caption where she reflected on dealing with grief and what the holiday means to her as a mother of two.
‘Even though I’ve been a mom for almost 3 years and now have 2 kids of my own the first thing I think of when I hear happy Mother’s Day is her,’ the American Horror Story star began.
She continued, ‘Even though it’s been over 6 years since she died, when I first wake up, this still feels like her day – not mine. But as the day goes on I remember it is my day too now.’
Lourd proceeded to share about her two children – son Kingston, two, and daughter Jackson, five months – that she shares with husband Austen Rydell, 31.
Mother’s Day: Billie Lourd paid tribute to her late mother Carrie Fisher in honor of Mother’s Day by reflecting on grief and what the holiday means to her as a mother of two
‘I am a mother to two magical little creatures that I adore to my core and there is nothing that brings me more joy than being their mother. And even though she’s not here, it’s still her day. It’s our day now. And that is both sad and weirdly beautiful at the same time,’ she shared with obvious emotion to her words.
Sounding both philosophical and spiritual, Lourd wrote, ‘With the magic of life comes the reality of grief. It is all intertwined,’ when thinking of her mother, who passed away in December 2016 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60.
She concluded, ‘So like I say every year. Happy Mother’s Day but also griefy / sad / lonely / estranged / frustrated / etc Mother’s Day! Mixed Emotions Mother’s Day!!! (Hallmark or whoever else makes cards out there – y’all should make that a card!!!) sending my love to anyone and everyone out there who needs it. You are not alone.’
Earlier in the month, Lourd stood in for her mother when she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
And in a homage to her beloved mom’s most iconic role, her daughter attended the festivities wearing a black and white dress with the image of Princess Leia on the front of it.
The plunging number featured a scene from the original 1977 Star Wars, which was retroactively titled Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope.
A teary-eyes Lourd would share how grateful she felt that her two young children will be able to see their late grandmother in the iconic film franchise.
‘I feel so lucky that even though they won’t get to meet my mom, they will get to know a piece of her through Leia,’ Lourd said, as reported by People. ‘And I will get to tell them that the little lady in the TV is my momby, their grandmomby. Leia has become a family heirloom, and not just for my family.’
Emotional: ‘Even though I’ve been a mom for almost 3 years and now have 2 kids of my own the first thing I think of when I hear happy Mother’s Day is her,’ the American Horror Story star began, wile reflecting on her late mother and Star Wars icon
Family matters: Lourd proceeded to share about her two children – son Kingston, two, and daughter Jackson, five months – that she shares with husband Austen Rydell, 31
One year and counting: Lourd and Rydell have been married since March 12, 2022
She shared the star unveiling with longtime friend and Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), 71, who appeared to be as excited as Lourd.
There was also a slew of adoring fans on hand to witness the well-deserved honor that included C-3PO and R2-D2 stand-ins.
Ahead of Lourd’s special day accepting her mother’s honor, a family feud erupted when Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher, and her two half-sisters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher were excluded from the 30-seat guest list.
Just days earlier, Todd, 65, claimed family had ‘frozen him out’ of the ceremony, and then the following day Joely, 55, and Tricia Leigh, 54, took to Instagram to launch a blistering attack on Lourd for the ‘bizarre’ decision to bar them from the event.
Lourd would confirm it was her who choose not to invite her mother’s siblings to the ceremony, and then she hit back and claimed the siblings had ‘capitalized on her mother’s death’, in a statement to DailyMail.com that included her saying they had ‘hurt her deeply’ with their actions in the wake of her mother’s loss.
After apologizing to people who had to read about the family squabble, Lourd went on to share how she felt ‘the need to defend myself publicly from these family members. But unfortunately, because they publicly attacked me, I have to publicly respond. The truth is I did not invite them to this ceremony. They know why.’
Family feud: Fisher’s sisters Joely (R) and Tricia Leigh (L) have publicly accused the late star’s daughter Lourd of ‘deliberately’ excluding them from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony
The way they were: Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher has also publicly fumed at not being invited to see her posthumously get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame; they are pictured in 2014
In his statement Todd disputed the accusation saying, ‘We made every attempt to speak with Billie’s team regarding the invitation prior to making any public comments.’
‘Billie saying that she was publicly attacked by me is not the case, I simply expressed my hurt and disappointment in not being invited. And to further say that we were NOT invited and “we know why!” I had no idea what her reasons were.’
Fisher’s star, which is the 2,754th on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures, was placed on Hollywood Boulevard near the El Capitan Theatre, not far from Hamill’s and her late mother Debbie Reynolds.
Born into Hollywood royalty, as the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Fisher would follow in the footsteps of her famous parents and make her film debut in Shampoo (1975).
Her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars (1977) and the sequel The Empire Strikes Back (1980) came in just her second and third films of her career.
The third of the the original series of films Return of the Jedi (1983) would come just three years later.
Bittersweet: And even though she’s not here, it’s still her day. It’s our day now,’ Lourd said of Fisher, in reference to also being a mother. ‘And that is both sad and weirdly beautiful at the same time’
Legendary: Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise; she’s pictured with her co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford
The force is with them: Hamill, 71, was by Lourd’s side whe her mother was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 4
She went on to star in a number of popular movies that includes The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and When Harry Met Sally (1989).
She would reprise her role as Princess Leia in the sequel trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and then appear posthumously in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) through the use of archive video.
Along with her acting credits, Fisher also had a successful writing career, publishing three novels and two memoirs, including Postcards From The Edge, a semi- autobiographical novel that garnered her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. It would be turned into a comedy drama film written by Fisher that received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Original Song.
Known to many fans for her role on American Horror Story (2017-present), Lourd’s Hollywood resume also includes playing the role of Lieutenant Connix in the Star Wars sequel trilogy (2015-2019) and Scream Queens (2015-2016).