The Happiest Spring Break on Earth! Christina Ricci brought her oldest child, son Freddie, on a special mother-son getaway to Disneyland.
“Spring break ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🥳🥳🥳,” the Yellowjackets star, 43, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, March 30, sharing rare photos with Freddie, 8, inside the Anaheim, California, theme park.
Ricci, who shares her son with ex-husband James Heerdegen, posed for a selfie with Freddie while wearing coordinating Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ears in front of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Freddie was also able to bring a friend along, smiling as the buddies received Captain Hook’s autograph and met R2D2.
The Addams Family star first became a mother in 2014 when she welcomed Freddie with then-husband Heerdegen, now 42. After six years of marriage, Ricci filed an emergency protective order amid domestic violence allegations. Us Weekly exclusively confirmed in July 2020 that the motion had been granted and the twosome were unable to have any contact. Heerdegen was not arrested nor addressed the allegations at the time. Ricci filed for divorce later that July, which was ultimately finalized in December 2022.
“There are certain things that I have collected — certain bags. I had quite a Chanel handbag collection for a while, but I sold a lot of things,” the Casper actress confessed during an interview with Sunday Times Style in November 2022 of their messy legal battle. “Well, certain traumas in life go along with financial traumas, extended court situations, custody situations [and] fighting restraining orders.”
She added at the time: “Having said that, I’m absolutely doing fine, there’s no issue. But I learnt to use these investment pieces in different ways. … I think with those things — Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but it took me a long time to admit to myself what was going on, what it should be called. Denial is very strong. Of course, you don’t want to accept that the worst possible thing is happening and that you put yourself in that situation. So it took me a really long time to realize that.”
Amid their divorce proceedings, the Wednesday alum also petitioned the court for full custody of Freddie. Us confirmed in April 2021 that Ricci had been granted sole legal custody of the pair’s son, with Heerdegen given visitation rights. The Emmy Award nominee also agreed to pay for her former spouse’s travel and accommodation costs to visit Freddie in Vancouver, where she was living.
Ricci went on to find love with Mark Hampton, whom she wed in October 2021, amid her pregnancy with their first child together. Daughter Cleopatra “Cleo” arrived two months later.
“We were gonna call her Cleo and then right before they were preparing me for the C-section, they started talking about how we had to fill out birth certificate stuff, [and] my husband was like, ‘We’ve got to give her a full name, right? And then the nickname is Cleo,’” the former child star quipped during an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in January 2022. “I was sort of like, ‘Whatever, we can talk about this later.’ Then he got so excited that he put it on Instagram. … Well, I guess her name is Cleopatra. I just thought it would be Cleo, but he figured it out while I was in recovery. Cleopatra’s good. I mean, it’s a queen’s name.”