Billie Lourd is setting the record straight about her late mother Carrie Fisher‘s upcoming legacy celebration.
On May 3, the daughter of the late Star Wars legend confirmed she intentionally left out Carrie’s siblings—Todd, Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher—from her mom’s May 4 posthumous Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony.
“The truth is I did not invite them to this ceremony,” Billie, 30, said in a statement obtained by E! News. “They know why.”
Todd told TMZ May 2 he was “being omitted” from the ceremony, which he found “truly hurtful.” Her aunts wrote on Instagram May 3 that Billie has “chosen not to include us in this epic moment in our sister’s career.”
Billie said their messages led her to issue a statement in response. “I have seen the postings and press release issued by my mother’s brother and sister,” she said. “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.”