Provide support. Vivica A. Fox gave an update on her longtime friend Regina King after the actress’ son, Ian Alexander Jr., took his own life earlier this month.
“I was with Regina last night and she’s fine,” Fox, 57, said in the Monday, Jan. 24, episode. The soul of the fox Cocktails with queens. “I was able to kiss her.”
the Kill Bill Vol. 1 The actress remembers turning around in her car when she received a call that King, 51, wanted her to come.
“I just had to go see my friend, my sister”, 1-800 Missing alum recalled in a shaky voice. “On the way, I had to call and ask people, ‘What do you say? I am scared. I don’t mean anything bad.'”
After reuniting with the Oscar-winning actor, Fox assured viewers that King was “so strong” and was going to get through the pain.
“More than anything, I’m glad I got to hug her. I’m glad I got to look her in the eye. It’s been one of the longest weeks of my life. I don’t can’t stop crying,” the Wrong Cheerleader Coach producer explained while fighting back tears.”[Regina] said to tell everyone she got your texts. The outpouring of love for her, her family, her son, she appreciates it.”
King confirmed on Saturday, January 22, that his only son, Ian, took his own life the day before. He was 26 years old.
At the time, she released a statement Today, saying, “Our family is devastated on the deepest level by the loss of Ian. He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others.
the Guardian the star’s late son, whom she shared with her ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr.celebrated his birthday a few days earlier.
On Monday, Fox gave fans a sign of hope while detailing how King was dealing with loss and grief, noting, “She’s surrounded by so much love, y’all. It was the beautiful thing, that when I’m arrived there, our community is there for her.
the Empire alum explained that she saw with her own eyes how “African American actresses, actors and talents support and love each other,” adding, “It made me so proud.”
Fox continued, “We’ll get through this, but she’s fine. She wanted me to let everyone know that she appreciates love and texting.
the bad valentine The actress left viewers with a message about awareness and mental health following Ian’s death at such a young age – indicating that COVID-19 was an added stressor for people.
“I just pray that what we do more than anything else for our sons, for our children – COVID and everything has put everyone in a dark place, in a dark place,” she said Monday. “If you see any signs, signs of distress, or if someone is reaching out to you and not having a good day, stop, take a moment to make sure they are okay.”
The Indiana native added, “If you see someone in distress, check them out. Check them out. We have people every day – I never thought about suicide in our community and how many people commit suicide without wanting to be here. This is the scary part. … But it opened my eyes. It really was.
Fox admitted she was ‘trying to be strong’ and vowed not to ‘shed any tears today’ but noted there was nothing wrong with grieving .
But my tears are [because] I know my friend is fine, y’all. She really is. We will get through this, but we definitely need to start raising awareness about mental illness,” she concluded.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.