Regina King Breaks Silence On Son Ian’s Tragic 2022 Passing: ‘I Was So Angry With God’

Regina King, Ian Alexander, Jr.

Regina King Breaks Silence On Son Ian’s Tragic 2022 Passing: ‘I Was So Angry With God’

TV and movie star Regina King is opening up about the death of her son Ian Alexander Jr.

For the first time in an interview, the 53-year-old shared how the tragic incident has changed her life and how she pushed through her journey of healing and acceptance.

Regina King

While sitting for a conversation with GMA anchor Robin Roberts, Regina King expressed her feelings about grieving her son, stating:

“I’m a different person, you know, now than I was Jan. 19…Grief is a journey, you know? I understand that grief is love that has no place to go.”

She continued:

“I know that it’s important to me, to honor Ian in the totality of who he is, speak about him in the present because he’s always with me.”
The Oscar winner also spoke about the “joy and happiness” Ian brought to those around him, even while dealing with his own struggles. In case you’re unfamiliar, Ian passed away back in 2022 by suicide. He had just turned 26 days before his death.
King then candidly touched on depression, something Ian continuously struggled with, and how difficult it has been for others to understand the way she’s chosen to handle the tragedy. She stated:
“When it comes to depression, people expect it to look a certain way and they expect it to look heavy…And people expect that … to have to experience this and not be able to have the time to just sit with Ian’s choice, which I respect and understand, you know, that he didn’t wanna be here anymore, that’s a hard thing for other people to receive because they did not live our experience, did not live Ian’s journey.”

Additionally, King was honest about how her relationship with God was deeply affected, and she often wondered if there was anything more she could’ve done herself to help Ian. She continued:

“I was so angry with God. You know, why would that weight be given to Ian…With all of the things that we had gone through with the therapy, with psychiatrists and programs and Ian was like, ‘I’m tired of talking, Mom,'” 

She added:

“Sometimes, you know, a lot of guilt comes over me…When a parent loses a child, you still wonder, ‘What could I have done so that wouldn’t have happened?…My favorite thing about myself is being Ian’s mom…And I can’t say that with a smile, with tears, with all of the emotion that comes with that. I can’t do that if I did not respect the journey.”

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Authored by: Kay Johnson