Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Billie Lourd on Parenting Lessons Learned from Her Relationship with Her Mom
On July 17, 1992, Billie Lourd was born to the Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher; she is the grandchild of the screen legend Debbie Reynolds.
Growing up in a family heavily involved in show business, Lourd shared her love for acting with her family members, but she always wanted people to know her for her skills and not her background.
Billie Lourd on Raising Her Newborn
The actress, 29, was engaged to Austen Rydell in June 2020 as he shared a series of photos of their engagement on his Instagram account.
Three months later, on September 25, Lourd shared a photo of their baby boy's feet on her Instagram account. The couple had kept their pregnancy a secret until they finally posted the day their sweetheart was born.
During a conversation with Claire Smith on New Day, she revealed she didn't want to bring their child under the public's eye, unlike what her parents did with her. She stated that no one is going to see her son's face on the internet any time soon.
"I have been in the public eye for a long time. Having been able to keep a lot of things personal, keeping this to me, in fact, was very healing for me," she said.
The Billionaire Boys Club star revealed there are some things that her mom taught her to do and a lot more things not to do.
"I was her[Fisher's] mother, her kid, I was her everything. And that's one of the things I'm learning not to do with my kid," said Lourd.
Billie Lourd on Her Mother and Grandmother’s Death
Actress Carrie Fisher died in 2017 at the age of 60 following a heart attack. A day later, her mother and Lourd's grandmother, legendary actress Debbie Reynolds, died following a stroke. She was 84.
Her daughter, Lourd, said that her life would've been so much different if her mother had been still alive. When her mother and her grandmother were alive, she tried to avoid doing things in their shadow.
People often offered her photoshoots with her celebrity mom and grandmother, but she always avoided them because she wanted to make sure that people knew her for her performance, not from the family she was born into.
"Now I wish I could run back and do all of those photoshoots," she said. "And do anything with them, really. I guess I just tried to separate myself from them more while they were alive."
Lourd went on to explain how after their death, her grieving was portrayed falsely by the media and that the experience was brutal because everything she said would be turned into some headline that she didn't mean.
"It sounded like I wanted them to die, and that is absolutely the opposite of what I wanted," Lourd said. "I would do anything to get them back, but it sounded like I was excited."
She also stated that she wouldn't be able to do some roles she took because she would've been so busy taking care of herself.