Last week, Sex and the City actor Kim Cattrall announced on Instagram that she was grieving following the sudden death of her brother, Chris.
It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall. At this time we ask for privacy but we want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time.
And in a follow up post, she warned her former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker to leave her alone, after she reached out on Instagram.
Cynthia Nixon, another Sex and the City colleague who played Miranda Hobbes, sent some words of condolence in reply to the post. Cattrall replied:
Cynthia, hearing your voice meant so much to me. Thank you for reaching out. Love Kim #SexandtheCity
Cattrall made headlines in October 2017 when she said she had "never been friends" with her co-star Sarah Jessica Parker on the HBO show, which ran from 1998 to 2004. She said the relationship had been "toxic", and that she had wrongly been portrayed as a "diva" in the media as a result.
We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues and in some ways it’s a very healthy place to be, because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal.
Sarah Jessica Parker, when asked about this quote by host Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, replied she was "just heartbroken" at the news:
I mean, that whole week, you and I spoke about it endlessly, because I was just, I don’t know, I found it very upsetting because that’s not the way I recall our experience.
It’s sad, but I always think that what ties us together was this singular experience. It was a professional experience, but it became personal because it was years and years of our lives, so I hope that eclipses anything that’s been recently spoken.
That many years spent doing something so special that people had a connection with it is such a privilege.
When Sarah Jessica Parker got in touch over Instagram following the death of Cattrall's brother, Cattrall publicly rejected her:
My Mom asked me today “When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?” 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.