Billie Lourd Breaks Silence on Snubbing Family From Carrie Fisher Event

After Carrie Fisher's siblings called out the late actress' daughter Billie Lourd for not inviting them to Fisher's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, Lourd is sharing her side of the story.

Lourd issued a statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter, explaining her decision.

"I have seen the postings and press release issued by my mother’s brother and sister," she wrote. "I apologize to anyone reading this for feeling the need to defend myself publicly from these family members. But unfortunately, because they publicly attacked me, I have to publicly respond. The truth is I did not invite them to this ceremony. They know why."

She continued, "Days after my mom died, her brother and her sister chose to process their grief publicly and capitalize on my mother’s death, by doing multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, with my mom and my grandmother’s deaths as the subject."

The Booksmart actress added, "I found out they had done this through the press. They never consulted me or considered how this would affect our relationship. The truth of my mom’s very complicated relationship with her family is only known by me and those who were actually close to her. Though I recognize they have every right to do whatever they choose, their actions were very hurtful to me at the most difficult time in my life. I chose to and still choose to deal with her loss in a much different way."

Fisher's brother Todd told TMZ on May 2 he was upset at finding out he was snubbed from the event. He said, "It's heartbreaking and shocking to me that I was intentionally omitted from attending this important legacy event for my sister, Carrie."

Todd added, "As the only brother of the Carrie Fisher, being omitted from this special day is truly hurtful."

Fisher's sister Joely then took to Instagram a day later, saying that for "some bizarre, misguided reason" Lourd had chosen not to include the siblings in the "epic moment" of their sister's career.

The Star Wars icon passed away on December 27, 2016, days after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight back home to Los Angeles. On the following day, her mother Debbie Reynolds died from a brain hemorrhage caused by a stroke.