Robin Williams’ Daughter Zelda Speaks Out About Her Father [VIDEOS]
Zelda Williams is opening up about the loss — and life — of her father, Robin Williams.
For the first time since her dad’s tragic passing six months ago, Zelda is speaking out about her dad and his legacy in an interview with NBC. Zelda, who will honor her dad’s memory with the Noble Award (which commends Robin’s commitment to his work with charities), is incredibly eloquent, poised and articulate.
“I think a lot of people feel his absence. I think for me, especially, yeah, it’s going to take a lot of work to allow myself to have that sort of fun, happy life that I had,” she revealed.
“There was an enormous outpouring of love from every corner of the world,” in the wake of her father’s death, she explained. “It’s not to say that people didn’t know Dad — they knew a Dad that he was proud of them knowing. Because he was an incredibly kind and incredibly caring man, and he was also very private and very calm and vey subdued. The side of him that people know and love and is attached to their childhood is the characters that he had so much fun being. And that’s what’s important.” Still, she said, “it’s nice to have just our private life be our private life.”
Zelda also opened up about the aftermath of her dad’s suicide.
“I don’t think there’s a point [in asking why]. Until we find out how exactly [diseases] work, there’s no explanation,” she stated, explaining that people who have moved on from dealing with the suicide of a loved one “found that they just had to know that there’s no point of questioning it, and there’s no point of blaming anyone else for it, or yourself, or the world, or whatever the case may be. It happened. You have to continue to move. And you have to continue to live. And manage.”
Zelda also spoke about the hummingbird tattoo on her hand, which she got in honor of her late father.
“Hummingbirds are fun, and flighty and strange and it’s hard to keep them in one place,” she explained, laughing. “And Dad was a bit like that.”
“Because sometimes, there are going to be days when things are really difficult,” she added. “And having a reminder that’s permanently there, that’s really nice.”
For more on Zelda’s discussion about Robin Williams — including his incredible work with the Challenged Athlete Foundation — watch the videos above and over on NBC.
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