Though we are all itching desperately for this year to be over, it's safe to say this last week of 2016 has been especially unkind to Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher and granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds, both of whom recently passed, just one day apart on the 27th and 28th of December. Though Lourd did put out a message through her publicist after her mother Fisher died on Tuesday at the age of 60, she's understandably been silent since Reynolds' passing. But the support and tributes for Lourd have been many, including some heartfelt words from her stepfather. On Thursday, Bruce Bozzi posted a wonderful message on Instagram of sympathy, support, and love for Lourd, along with a photo of her, Fisher, and Reynolds.
Bozzi, who is married to Fisher's ex-partner Bryan Lourd, reminisced about the day that Billie graduated from NYU and having "so much fun" with Fisher at the ceremony. "Yankee Stadium your mom and I laughed our asses off, as she kept one fantastic line coming after the other," he wrote. "No less when we all fell asleep the night before in the smaller ceremony because it was so boring." I can't think of any better company at a dragging commencement than the hilarious Carrie Fisher.
He went on to say that all the good of the two wonderful women lives on in Billie: "Carrie said to me years ago, 'I'm a good stepmother' I promise I will always be & the strength of these women live so vibrantly in you."
Just as Fisher and Reynolds were bound together through strong mother-daughter love, much through a lifetime of hardship, Fisher and her daughter were exceptionally close, and Fisher brought up Lourd to love herself. In a September interview with Teen Vogue, Lourd revealed that her mother raised her without gender (which is why she chose the name Billie). Lourd said, "She told me to be true, and kind, and confident in yourself... it's not about being a strong woman — it's about being a strong person."
Her stepfather is right: The strength of two generations of amazing women lives on in Lourd, and he's also right on the money in his emotional tribute when he says: "Heaven just got a lot more fun."