Kelly Rutherford is breaking her silence after losing custody of her children to her ex husband, Daniel Giersch, following a ruling this November in Monaco. She covers the Romanian edition of Elle, and judging from the quotes that have been released so far, Kelly throws some shade but only speaks in general terms about her custody battle. She makes it sound like an epic battle in which she’s serving as a martyr for the cause, which is how she’s framed it to the press for years. The fact is that she kidnapped her kids and made a series of moves attempting to cut her children’s father out of their lives before she finally lost custody. Here’s what she said:
“Children need both parents. You do not want to make them suffer. I hope that this story be an example to others. … Now, I want them to be happy, to know that they are loved. No matter how long it takes this, I want them to know the truth.”
In the Elle article, Rutherford recalls her own parents’ divorce and how she realized if her mother was happy, “everything was okay in the world.”
“I know that if I find my peace, they will benefit,” she says of Hermes and Helena. ” talk about love because I hope that is what will make them stronger. When all this is over, I hope that they will look back and have the impression that it was not as bad as it was, actually. I do not want them to feel everything. There are good people and generous and funny.”
Moving forward, Rutherford says she hopes to use her story to raise political awareness of cases like hers and continue to work with her advocacy organization, the Children’s Justice Campaign.
“Perhaps activists will increase because of this situation,” she says. “I hope that something good will come of it.”
I have my doubts that the Children’s Justice Campaign was little more than a front to collect money to fund her custody battle, but she’s going to play that up now. When Kelly spoke at a Congressional briefing this summer, she made her case sound like international child abduction. Of course Kelly is the one who went on to kidnap the children and had to be court ordered to return them. Kelly said this June that “I was particularly excited to hear several members of Congress say that they are proposing new federal legislation that will hold judges accountable and stop them from forcing American children to leave their own country.” She also advised women against marrying foreigners, adding “I see a lot of young women here today who will probably never marry a foreigner after hearing these stories. They’re cute. The accents are amazing — but they’re expensive accents.” So when she says she hopes to serve as an example, that’s what I think she means – don’t marry or have kids with a foreign guy.
Kelly now gets €3,000 a month to visit her kids and has been posting Instagram photos of her vacations in Switzerland, Italy and France. She’s probably making some cash selling her story too, but if she tries to write a book or a screenplay it’s likely that Giersch will shut that down fast.
Kelly has posted a bunch of vague quotes on Instagram which reference her situation. She’s probably still under gag order for her case but she’s going to say what she can to get us to talk about her.