Before her son died on Friday at the age of 26, Regina King enjoyed many great moments with him. Ian Alexander Jr. joined his mother in a virtual appearance on CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with hosts Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen a few weeks before his death.
“We drink in the spirit of inclusivity and advancement,” King said as she presented her kid to the audience. Along with Alexander Jr., the actress introduced a man she referred to as her “bonus son.”
“Twenty years, we’re all together, this whole family of people are together because of these two and their lives together that brought us together. And we drink in the spirit of inclusivity too,” King said.
As previously reported by Blavity, the mother and son also got matching tattoos to show their love for one other.
“We were taking Kabbalah classes,” King told The View in 2017. “He said, ‘Let’s choose three [designs] each and not tell each other which ones they are and whichever one is matching, that’s the one we’re going to get tattooed’ — and we both chose unconditional love.”
On his mother’s 50th birthday in 2021, the 26-year-old paid tribute to her.
“Happy birthday to my co, so extremely proud of you and inspired by your love, artistry, and gangsta! To be able to watch you take this lifetime by its neck and make it yours is something i will forever be grateful for,” he wrote on Instagram.
Alexander Jr. also described his mother as “the greatest gift” he could ask for.
“To be all that you are while always having the time to be there, love and support me unconditionally is truly remarkable,” he wrote. “The whole marvel universe ain’t got s**t on you, you’re the real superhero! Love you mom! This day and everyday YO DAY!!”
Alexander Jr. referred to his mother as “supermom” when the two attended the Golden Globes in 2019.
“She doesn’t really let bad work days or anything come back and ruin the time that we have. It’s really awesome to have a mother who I can enjoy spending time with,” he told E! News.
A few days after celebrating his 26th birthday, the beloved son committed suicide. Her son, who was her sole child, was shared by King and her ex-husband Ian Alexander Sr. The actress admitted that being a single parent after her divorce was difficult, but she vowed to offer her kid unconditional love.
“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is,” King said in a previous interview, according to PBS. “When you experience it, it’s the most fulfilling [thing] ever.”