After online speculation surrounding Mia Farrow's three adopted children's deaths arose following the recent HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow, the mother-of-14 opened up about the passing of late children Tam, Lark and Thaddeus.
On Wednesday, March 31, the actress took to Twitter to address the "vicious rumors" surrounding their deaths while paying tribute to her late children.
In her emotional statement, Farrow explained her kids wanted to keep their lives private, so she was always "selective" in what she posted on social media to respect their wishes. However, she felt she had to address the rumors — which were "based in untruths," according to Farrow — after they recently "appeared online."
"As a mother of fourteen children, my family means everything to me," Farrow began. "While I chose a career that placed me in the public arena, most of my children have elected to live very private lives."
Farrow's other daughter Lark — whom the actress described as an "extraordinary woman, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner and mother to her own children" — died at 35 "from complications of HIV/ AIDS, which she contracted from a previous partner."
The Great Gatsby star then revealed that her "courageous" son Thaddeus took his own life at 29 after his relationship with his partner, whom he was "happily living with," came to an abrupt end, Farrow wrote, adding that everyone was "anticipating a wedding" at the time.
"These are unspeakable tragedies," she shared before concluding that "any other speculation about their deaths is to dishonor their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones."
Despite the past hardships the family faced, the Rosemary's Baby actress feels "grateful" to be a mom to 14 and "blessed" to have 16 grandchildren, according to her post.
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Farrow's revelations of her children's deaths come after HBO series Allen v. Farrow showrunners opted to not discuss her children's deaths.
The absence of such prominent moments in the family members' lives led critics to suggest Farrow is less than a credible source when recounting the tumultuous family's inner workings. Critics also resurfaced Farrow's estranged son Moses' 2018 blog post, criticizing her and other family members, while sharing his side to his siblings' deaths.
In the shocking blog post, Moses — Farrow's seventh child — claimed the family's life behind-closed-doors wasn't what was portrayed to the public. "It was important to my mother to project to the world a picture of a happy blended household of both biological and adopted children," he wrote, adding: "but this was far from the truth."
He then recalled an alleged incident when Farrow shut "Thaddeus, paraplegic from polio, in an outdoor shed overnight as punishment for a minor transgression."
Moses also recounted the death of his three siblings; however, he told a different story than Farrow shared on Twitter.
Moses faulted Farrow for worsening Tam's mental health struggles by "insisting that Tam was just 'moody.'" He claimed Tam, who died in 2000, "struggled with depression for much of her life, a situation exacerbated by my mother refusing to get her help," adding that she committed suicide, despite Farrow's claim that it was an accidental overdose.
He also refuted Farrow's claim that Tam, who was blind, didn't know how many pills she was taking at the time of her overdose. "Tam had both an ironclad memory and sense of spatial recognition," Moses wrote before noting: "blindness didn’t impair her ability to count."
Moses also revealed Thaddeus "shot himself in his car, less than 10 minutes from my mother’s house," and Lark ended "up on a path of self-destruction [and] struggled with addiction," before she eventually died "in poverty" in 2008 from "AIDS-related causes," he wrote.
In conclusion, Moses claimed the picture-perfect life that Farrow painted for the public was far from their reality.
"For all of us, life under my mother’s roof was impossible if you didn’t do exactly what you were told, no matter how questionable the demand," he wrote in his 2018 blog post, adding: "In short, it was not a happy home – or a healthy one."