Kelly Rutherford shared a photo of herself and her mother Ann on Sunday (May 12). The Gossip Girl star wrote: “Happy Mother’s Day Mom @a6edwards.” This past week she spoke to US Weekly about the ongoing custody battle to get her children Hermes, 6, and Helena, 3, back to the U.S. to permanently live with her.
She said, “I’m just looking forward to them coming home at some point soon. They’re U.S. citizens who were sent to a foreign country that neither their father nor I have any connection to. I think the whole thing is bizarre.”
Last August – a judge ruled that the kids live with their father Daniel Giersch in Monaco since he moved there after being barred from the U.S. due to a revoked visa. The judge had reasoned since Rutherford has a flexible schedule – she can travel to and from Monaco.
The 44-year-old actress said of the situation, “I think it’s hard on them. And certainly as a mother it’s hard to watch them go through this. It’s just silly.”
She has gotten involved in a mission to help mothers deal with their own custodial issues. She shared, “You shouldn’t be able to go to court and be litigated against in that way over your children. There needs to be some reform, that’s all. They just need to change a few laws and get things straight again and on the right track.”
Rutherford also has revealed she’s almost broke from fighting. She’s living at a friend’s apartment out of necessity and told E! News that she has “spent every penny. Every penny from Gossip Girl, my pension, my stocks has been spent fighting for my children.”
There is some good news. Her children are going to visit her in New York this summer.
“I think the kids are coming here,” she said. “I’m beside myself.”
She added, “They like to do everything. They like to go for ice cream, they love the park, they love to be outdoors. They love FAO Schwarz.”