Regina King made her red carpet debut nearly five months after the suicide of her son, Ian Alexander Jr.
King, 51, walked the carpet at the Filming Italy Festival in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy on Friday, June 10. The Oscar winner performed in a sleeveless white dress and matching heels. She also wore her hair in pigtails, which were dyed orange.
That Guardian alaun was awarded the coveted Women Power Award at the Italian event, which was presented jointly Naomi Harris.
Earlier this year, Alexander Jr. passed away on January 21 — just days after his 26th birthday. He was often his mother’s date at movie premieres and other red carpet events.
King, who shares her late son with her ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr.started bringing her baby boy to events in the 2000s when Alexander Jr. was just 7 years old — and hugged him at the premiere of in May 2003 Father Day Care and poses with him a month later at the premiere of Naturally blonde 2. When Alexander Jr. grew up, he only accompanied his mother on red carpets: even in 2015, when he high-fived it American crime alum after winning an Emmy, and in October 2021 when she cemented her handprints at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theater.
“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King said today Show on January 22nd. “He’s such a bright light who cares so much about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Many Thanks.”
While her appearance on Friday marks the A night in Miami first public appearance of the director since the loss of her son, Vivica A Fuchs gave fans an update on the actress’ well-being in late January, revealing that she had seen her friend two days after Alexander Jr.’s death.
“I was with Regina last night and she’s fine,” Fox, 57, continued Cocktails with queens. “I just had to go to my girlfriend, my sister.”
That kill Bill Star got emotional while describing the heartbreaking visit to her grieving friend. “More than anything, I’m glad I got to hug her. I’m glad I got to look her in the eye,” she recalled. “It was absolutely one of the longest weeks of my life. I can not stop crying. She said to tell everyone she got the messages from you. The outpouring of love to her, her family, her son, she appreciates it.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress or is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).