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Billie Lourd on life after mother Carrie Fisher’s death


Actress Billie Lourd says her life has changed in the months since losing her mother, Carrie Fisher and her grandma, Debbie Reynolds.

“I’ve always lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own,” Lourd said in a new interview with “Town & Country” magazine. “I love being my mother’s daughter, and it’s something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie.” The interview was led by Lourd’s companion and “American Horror Story” co-star, Sarah Paulson.

The young actress talked about her life as the daughter and granddaughter of the legendary stars.

Both kicked the bucket inside a day of each other in December, Fisher after she went into cardiac arrest on a flight and Reynolds following a stroke. Lourd discussed her unconventional upbringing.


When she was nine years of age, Lourd said she got stuck in an unfortunate situation at school for taking, and her mom reacted by asking, “Are you going to grow up to be an a**hole?”

“And I started crying,” Lourd recalled. “She talked to me like an adult my whole life. I always think that now: I don’t want to grow up to be an a**hole!”

The 25-year-old is endeavoring to build up her personality separated from her well-known genealogy, she said.

“It’s a lot of pressure, because [her mother Carrie Fisher] had such an incredible legacy, and now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my way,” Lourd said.

She additionally said she acknowledges how open her mom was about her life, incorporating her struggles with substance abuse.

“It’s good to be authentic, to help other people, but if it’s not helping other people, then don’t do it,” Lourd said. “There were a couple of incidents I wish she could have kept to herself. But, you know, that was the beauty of her.

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