Liam Neeson praises son, Micheál after name change in honour of his late mother

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Liam Neeson shared he is a proud Dad following his son, Micheál’s decision to change his name in tribute to his late mother.

Micheál changed his surname from Neeson to Richardson in honour of his mother, Natasha Richardson.

Natasha died tragically in 2009 at the age of just 45, after a head injury following a skiing accident.

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Speaking about his son’s decision to change his name Liam said; “I think he did the right thing. I think it was a lovely gesture.”

“He’s not saddled with my last name, which you know, I have a certain celebrity status I guess.”

“I’d hate for him to be constantly asked: ‘Oh are you Liam Neeson’s son?’ So, it was a lovely gesture.”

“Natasha’s family, mother, and sisters were very touched by it,” Liam also shared.

In a recent interview with The Irish Mail on Sunday Micheál opened up about his mother’s death; “It’s very easy to shy away from the grieving process,” the 25 year old revealed.

“It’s so painfully difficult to lose somebody close to you that sometimes the easiest thing to do is to shove it under the carpet – That’s what my dad did.”

Speaking about his own grief he said; “I’m still trying to figure it out myself.”

“The one useful thing I’ve learned is to keep the person in your mind and honour them in whatever way you can.”

The father and son are teaming up for a new film called Made in Italy. The comedy drama will see the pair playing roles they know all to well, a father and son who have lost their mother and wife.

Michéal revealed why he decided to follow in his parents footsteps with acting; “It’s the best way of keeping mom close to me.”


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