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Billie Lourd opened up for the first time about losing both her mother and grandmother within two days of each other on “The Ellen Show.” She sat down to discuss the tragic December events with Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, calling her mom and grandmother “goddesses.”
It was revealed this past June that Billie’s mother, legendary “Star Wars” actress and hilariously honest writer, Carrie Fisher, ultimately died of complications with sleep apnea and drugs. The sharp-witted and honest Billie issued a statement replying to the coroner’s report after its release.”My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” she told People. Billie’s grandmother, Hollywood’s shining starlet from the studio era, Debbie Reynolds, passed away a day after her daughter on December 28th from an intracerebral hemorrhage.
Eight months have passed since the tragic days in December, and Billie revealed to Ellen that her losses are still “…completely surreal.” She continued, “I mean, there’s no way to really explain it. It’s so hard to talk about.” Not only must Billie deal with the grief that accompanies the loss of her mother and grandmother, but she has to do it in the presence of the media. “It’s like, if I say I’m doing good then I’m too happy, and if I say that I’m not doing good then I’m a mess. And it’s really hard to know what to say about it because it is just so surreal and impossible to deal with,” she explained to Ellen.
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While Billie was honest about her struggle with grief, she was also grateful for the home she’s found in acting. She explained that while Carrie Fisher was initially hesitant about her daughter acting, she was ultimately the one who encouraged her to pursue it. “My mom said, ‘You know, this is really weird, that you’re comfortable here. This is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. Like, if you’re comfortable here, you should do this.'”
After this encouraging advice from her mother, Billie went on to play Chanel #3 in “Scream Queens,” and just this month, she made her debut in “AHS: Cult.” Billie also revealed she loves to sing as well (taking after both her mother and grandmother), and while she’s focusing on acting currently, she’s definitely interested in pursuing music in the future.
While the passing of two Hollywood legends certainly feels like the end of an era, it’s clearly just the beginning for Billie. And we’re sure she’ll shine just as brightly as the women before her.
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