“I used to be with Regina final evening and he or she’s OK,” Fox, 57, stated on the Monday, January 24, episode Fox Soul’s Cocktails With Queens. “I used to be capable of hug her.”
The Kill Bill Vol. 1 actress recalled turning round in her automobile the second she obtained a name that King, 51, needed her to return over.
“I simply needed to go see my pal, my sister,” the 1-800 Lacking alum remembered with a shaky voice. “On the way in which there I needed to name and ask folks, ‘What do you say? I’m scared. I don’t need to say one thing incorrect.’”
After reuniting with the Oscar winner, Fox assured viewers that King is “so robust” and goes to push via the ache.
“Greater than anything, I’m glad I obtained to hug her. Glad I obtained to look in her eyes. This has completely been one of many longest weeks I’ve had in my life. I can’t cease crying,” the Flawed Cheerleader Coach producer defined whereas holding again tears. “[Regina] stated to inform everyone that she’s gotten ya’ll’s texts. The outpouring of affection for her, her household, her son, she appreciates it.”
King confirmed on Saturday, January 22, that her solely son, Ian, died by suicide one day prior. He was 26.
On the time, she launched a press release to At present, saying, “Our household is devastated on the deepest stage by the lack of Ian. He’s such a vivid gentle who cared so deeply concerning the happiness of others.”
The Watchman star’s late son, whom she shared with ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr., celebrated his birthday simply days earlier.
On Monday, Fox gave followers an indication of hope whereas detailing how King was handling the loss and grief, noting, “She’s surrounded by a lot love, y’all. That was the gorgeous factor, that after I obtained there, our group is true there for her.”
The Empire alum defined that she noticed firsthand how a lot the “African American actresses, actors and expertise helps and loves one another,” including, “It made me so proud.”
Fox continued: “We’re going to get via this, however she’s OK. She needed me to let everybody know that she appreciates the love and the texts y’all.”
The Flawed Valentine actress left viewers with a message about consciousness and psychological well being within the wake of Ian’s loss of life at such a younger age — pointing to COVID-19 as an added stressor for folks.
“I simply pray that what we do greater than anything for our sons, for our youngsters — COVID and every part has obtained everyone in a darkish spot, in a darkish place,” she stated on Monday. “In case you see any indicators, any indicators of somebody being in misery, or if any individual reaches out to you that’s simply not having a very good day, cease, take a second to be sure that they’re OK.”
The Indiana native added: “In case you see somebody in misery, test on them. Verify on ’em. We’ve obtained folks day by day — I’ve by no means thought of suicide in our group and the way so many individuals are taking their very own lives that don’t need to be right here. That’s the scary half. … Nevertheless it’s been eye-opening for me. It actually has been.”
Fox admitted that she’s been “attempting to be robust” and keen herself to not “shed no tears right now,” however famous it’s OK to mourn.
“However my tears are [because] I do know my pal is OK, y’all. She actually is. We’re going to get via this, however we positively have to begin bringing more awareness to mental illness,” she concluded.
In case you or somebody you already know is considering suicide, name the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.