Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford is pleading for the return of her children Hermes, 5, and Helena, 3, after losing custody of them to her German-born ex-husband Daniel Giersch who currently resides in France.
“I’m just thankful that everyone has taken an interest in [my plight]”, Kelly says on Good Morning America on Friday.”I hope people continue to, because I think it will help create change and help get my kids home. I think the longer that this goes, the harder it is.”
“I’m hoping that somehow, some way, this will help change the way the court makes their decision, maybe that’s why it’s happening,” she adds.
First appearing on The View, a teary Kelly commented: “He could disappear tomorrow and I’d have no way to look. My biggest fear is that I wouldn’t know where they are.”
“My little girl said ‘I want to come home, mama. I want to come back to New York,’” she adds. “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.'”
Kelly filed for divorce from Giersch – a businessman – in 2009 after three years of marriage.
Geirsch now lives in France and is barred from the U.S. due to a revoked Visa.