Actress Mia Farrow is defending her family following renewed interest in her children and ex Woody Allen.
“Some vicious rumors based on untruths have appeared online concerning the lives of three of my children,” Farrow, 76, said in a rare public statement Wednesday on Twitter.
HBO’s recent docuseries, “Allen v. Farrow,” focused on Dylan Farrow’s sexual abuse allegations against Allen from when she was a child. “CBS Sunday Morning” also recently aired a rare interview with Allen, conducted in July 2020, about Dylan Farrow’s allegations and Allen’s marriage to Soon-Yi Previn, Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter. Both have sparked other discussions online about Mia Farrow’s other children – she has 14 kids, biological and adopted, including Previn.
“My family means everything to me,” Farrow wrote. “While I chose a career that placed me in the public arena, most of my children have elected to live very private lives. I respect each of their wishes, which is why I am selective in my social media posts.”
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Farrow detailed the “merciless and ceaseless” pain of losing three of her children, sharing she chose to speak out in order to honor “their memory, their children and every family that has dealt with the death of a child.”
Her daughter Tam Farrow was 17 when she died in 2000 from “an accidental prescription overdose related to the agonizing migraines she suffered, and her heart ailment.”
Lark Previn was 35 when she died on Christmas in 2008 “from complications of HIV/AIDS, which she contracted from a previous partner,” Farrow wrote.
“My daughter Lark was an extraordinary woman, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children,” she added. “Despite her illness she lived a fruitful and loving life with her children and longtime partner.”
Thaddeus Farrow was 29 when he died in 2016, Farrow said. He was “happily living with his partner,” whom the family anticipated him marrying, but he died by suicide after “the relationship abruptly ended.”
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“These are all unspeakable tragedies,” Farrow wrote, adding “any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones.”
The actress’s 11 other children include: 51-year-old twins Matthew and Sascha Previn; Soon-Yi Previn, 50; Fletcher Previn, 47; Summer “Daisy” Previn, 46; Moses Farrow, 43; Dylan Farrow, 35; Ronan Farrow, 33; Frankie-Minh Farrow, 32; Isaiah Farrow, 29; and Quincy Farrow, 27.
“I am grateful to be the mother of fourteen children who have blessed me with sixteen grandchildren,” Farrow concluded. “Although we have known sorrow, our lives today are full of love and joy. Everyone has their own battle to fight; their own sorrows that gnaw. I send you my best hopes and my love.”