It was recently announced Star Wars legend, Carrie Fisher, will have her career immortalized by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this May the Fourth. The star tragically passed away at the age of 60 from cardiac arrest on December 27th, 2016, followed one day later by her equally iconic mother Debbie Reynolds.
Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd will be accepting the honor on her behalf, but familial dirty laundry has publicly surfaced just before the festivities. Apparently, Fisher’s siblings Todd Fisher and Joely Fischer both published books and did interviews immediately capitalizing on Carrie and Debbie’s deaths without even consulting Lourd.
The siblings and another sister, Tricia Leigh Fisher, complained on social media about their star ceremony omission, but Billie Lourd was having none of it.
See her full heartbreaking statement received by The Hollywood Reporter below:
I have seen the postings and press release issued by my mother’s brother and sister. I apologize to anyone reading this for feeling 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.
Days after my mom died, her brother and her sister chose to process their grief publicly and capitalize on my mother’s death, by doing multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, with my mom and my grandmother’s deaths as the subject. I found out they had done this through the press. They never consulted me or considered how this would affect our relationship. The truth of my mom’s very complicated relationship with her family is only known by me and those who were actually close to her. Though I recognize 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 to and still choose to deal with her loss in a much different way.
The press release Todd Fisher gave to TMZ and the posting Joely Fisher placed on Instagram, once again confirms that my instincts were right. To be clear — there is no feud. We have no relationship. This was a conscious decision on my part to break a cycle with a way of life I want no part of for myself or my children.
The people who knew and loved my mom at Disney and Lucasfilm have made this star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor her legacy possible. This moment is about Carrie Fisher and all that she accomplished and what she meant to the world. I’m going to focus on that. May the 4th be with you.
The Star Wars fandom supports Billie and appreciates her commitment to what Princess Leia would have wanted.
Carrie’s star will join her co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill on The Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow!