Regina King Walks Red Carpet Nearly 5 Months After Son’s Death


Regina King attends the 5th edition of Filming Italy Sardegna Festival, June 10, 2022.
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Regina KingNearly five months after her son Ian Alexander Jr.’s suicide, she made her first appearance on the red carpet.

King, 51, walked the carpet at Filming Italy Festival in Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy on Friday, June 10. The Academy Award winner stepped out in a sleeveless white gown and matching heels. Her hair was also in braids and had been dyed orange.

The Watchmen An alum was awarded the coveted Women Power Award at an Italian event, which was jointly presented. Naomie 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 deceased son with ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr., began bringing her little boy to events in the 2000s when Alexander Jr. was only 7 years old — embracing him at the May 2003 premiere of Daddy Day CareHe posed with him one month later at premiere Legally Blonde 2. Alexander Jr. was raised by his mother and continued to accompany her on red carpets, including 2015 when he high-fived her American CrimeShe was an Emmy winner and an Emmy recipient. In October 2021, she made her Hollywood debut at the TCL Chinese Theater.

Regina King Makes 1st Red Carpet Appearance at Filming Italy Festival 4 Months After Son Ian Alexander Jr.'s Death

Regina King and Ian Alexander Jr.
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“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King told theTodayOn January 22, show. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. We ask for your respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

Her Friday appearance marks theOne Night in Miami director’s first public appearance since the loss of her son, Vivica A. Fox gave fans an update on the actress’ well-being in late January, revealing she had seen her friend two days after Alexander Jr.’s death.

“I was with Regina last night and she’s OK,” Fox, 57, explained on Cocktails with Queens. “I just had to go see my friend, my sister.”

The Kill BillStar got emotional as she described the heartbreaking visit with her friend. “More than anything else, I’m glad I got to hug her. Glad I got to look in her eyes,” she recalled. “This has absolutely been one of the longest weeks I’ve had in my life. I can’t stop crying. She said to tell everybody that she’s gotten ya’ll’s texts. The outpouring of love for her, her family, her son, she appreciates it.”

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255 if you or someone you care about is in emotional distress or contemplating suicide.