For the first time since Robin Williams’ suicide in August, 25-year-old daughter Zelda is opening up about what she hopes others can learn from the tragedy.
“I think it was important for him for people to talk about important things. It meant a lot to him,” Zelda told The Today Show‘s Kate Snow. “He didn’t like people feeling like the things that were hard for them, they should go through alone. And I think that’s the big legacy for him, and for me and for my brothers — that he somehow had an enormous number of people in this world who felt that he made them feel a little less alone.”
Zelda said she hopes the act of suicide won’t cast a shadow over how people think about her dad, because he was “proud” that people knew him for his comedy. She explained, “The side of him that people know and love and that is attached to their childhood is the characters that he had so much fun being. And that’s what’s important. And I do think that’s what a lot of people will hold on to. That’s not going anywhere.”
Moving forward, Zelda said she’s trying to strike a balance between keeping her father’s memory alive and regaining “fun, happy life that I had.” She recently got a hummingbird tattoo, which serves as both a tribute to her dad and a reminder of his unique qualities.
“Hummingbirds are fun and flighty and strange,” she said. “It’s hard to keep them in one place, and dad was a bit like that. Keeping a conversation in one moment was impossible with him. It was a bit like trying to put a bag around a storm and hoping it didn’t blow away.”
For more on how Zelda’s coping and how she’s furthering her dad’s humanitarian work, watch her new interview…