For the first time, Kelly Rutherford opened up about the recent ruling that her young children - son Hermés, 5 , and 3-year-old daughter Helena - must live in France with their father during a Thursday appearance on The View.
The Gossip Girl star said that she saw her children just 10 days ago, and was tearful when recalling what they said to her. “My little girl said ‘I want to come home, mama. I want to come back to New York,’” she said of Helena who is now in the custody of her ex-husband Daniel Giersch.
Wiping away the tears, Kelly added, “My son – who’s kind of been brainwashed that where he is is so much better – but he always says, “Mama, I love you so much.”‘
A Los Angeles judge ruled that the children move to France with their father and she must visit them there.
“I don’t think he would intentionally harm the children,” Kelly said. “But I do think that the children are at risk because I was the primary caregiver and now I’m the visitor. There are a lot of things being said to them every day that aren’t things that kids need to hear.”
The heartbroken mother-of-two, who has vowed to appeal, said she has drained her earnings to pay off legal bills and must keep working to afford the fight.
Complicating matters, Daniel’s visa was revoked earlier this year and he has been banned from entering the U.S. As a result, the exes will continue to have joint legal and physical custody with Kelly having to fly overseas for visitation.
“He could disappear tomorrow and I’d have no way to look,” Kelly said. “My biggest fear is that I wouldn’t know where they are. I just want them to be okay. They’re just little babies. They need a chance to have a consistent life.”
Kelly added that her son’s birthday is in October and she is hoping to be with him on his special day.