Lita Ford’s music video “Mother” sends a message to children of parental alienation 1 comment
In her music video “Mother”, Lita Ford sends a message to her 2 alienated sons.
The former Runaways guitarist also had late ’80s solo hits with Kiss Me Deadly and Close My Eyes Forever. She initially intended the song and its video as a message to her two children, from whom she’s estranged. But when Ford saw how her fans in similar circumstances responded to the song after she released it last year on her Living Like a Runaway album, she realized how deeply the song spoke to people beyond her own family.”There was one girl who came up at a meet and greet that we did in California, and she had the lyrics to Mother tattooed on her back,” says Ford, 53. “Another girl came up and shook my hand, and I said to her, ‘Do you have something you want to say to me?’ Because she was quiet and looked like she wanted to say something, but I wasn’t sure what. She just spilled her guts and started crying. She hadn’t seen her son in eight years.”She cried like a little baby, and I understood her. I understand what it feels like to be the alienated parent.”Parental alienation is “a deep, confusing issue for everybody — the parents, the children,” says the mother of two sons, ages 16 and 12. “It’s horrific. And there’s never really any closure, unlike a death. It’s just hanging.” While she hopes her sons see the video, she also hopes its message reaches others in similar circumstances and that “it will give them belief and faith and strength to get through whatever it is that they have to go through….”