Sarah Jessica Parker claps back about her bitter feud with former friend Kim Cattrall
While Sex and the City hailed a new age for women's sexual liberation, alongside focusing on female friendships - a narrative that is often neglected in portrayals of women in film and television - it appears that the actors behind the cult HBO television show weren't so chummy off set. Far from being the brunch buddies that we came to know and love, the real-life counterparts of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones and Charlotte York purportedly had strained relationships on set - but judging from February's media storm, no one as much as Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall.
Back in February, Kim Cattrall's 55-year-old brother Christopher went missing and was found dead on February 4th on his rural property in Alberta, Canada, according to local law enforcement. After announcing his death on Instagram, the actress took to the social media platform once more to thank her fans and co-stars for their support. "I would like to thank my fans, friends, and my #SexandtheCity colleagues for the outpouring of support for myself and family over the past 72 hours," the 61-year-old wrote.
However, this message was clearly not aimed at one erstwhile co-worker. Cattrall later posted again to Instagram, writing: "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker."
"My mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?,'" the caption read. "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."
Parker, who played the lead role as Carrie Bradshaw on the hit HBO television show, had after Cattrall's first post posted on social media, writing "Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx."
And now - two months later - Sarah Jessica Parker has asserted that she's never said an unkind word to Kim Cattrall.
"I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight," the 53-year-old said in an interview with Vulture. "I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it. I also want to remind everybody that there were four women on the set and I spent equal time with all of them, so this was not a set with two women who didn’t get along."
"But, no, there is no catfight, there never has been a catfight," she reiterated. "I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I. And I spent time with all of the women on the set. People need to recall that it wasn’t just two women on the set fighting because that just never happened."
"We are enormously proud of what we got to do and I don’t want someone sharing thoughts publicly, which is Kim’s right to do and that is what it is, but we spent 10, 12 years of our life doing something that I really loved and I feel privileged to be part of and I don’t want this to eclipse it or change its experience for that audience that was so good to us for so long."
Parker also touched on Cattrall turning down the opportunity to do yet another Sex and the City sequel, stating "I’ve always held Kim’s work in high regard and always [been] appreciative of her contributions. If she chooses not to do the third movie, there’s not a lot I can do to change her mind and we must respect it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever said about it, you know?"
Time to crack out the popcorn folks, and wait with baited breath for Kim Cattrall's (inevitable) response...