Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix open up about their son for the first time

The Editors
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Fiercely private couple Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix have opened up about being parents for the first time, choosing to speak about their son in a powerful op-ed about children and parents being separated at the US-Mexico border.

Before this, the couple had not confirmed news that Mara had given birth, although Russian filmmaker and friend Victor Kossakovsky announced two months ago that the couple are now parents to a baby boy named River, named after Phoenix's late brother.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Writing for People magazine, the couple addressed the fact that the parents of 545 children, who were separated at the border by immigration officials, have not yet been found. In the piece, the couple addressed the "staggering" number of people who have been impacted by this tragedy – and described how they would feel if it were to happen to them.

"As new parents, it's unbearable to imagine what it would feel like to have our child taken away from us for a day, let alone years," Rooney and Phoenix wrote. "But that's the very situation those 545 children and their parents have been living through. As Americans, it's our responsibility to continue paying attention to the plight of these families and get answers for why they still have not been located."

The piece went on to talk about how desperately this would impact the families involved and the lifelong damage it will do to young children: "Some of these children are no more than toddlers or have yet to reach their 10th birthday. Our hearts break to think about the suffering they've endured at our country's hands."

"We have to ask ourselves: Is this the country that we want? Are these our values? How will it feel to explain to our son, when he asks us about this time and how we treated scared, defenceless children, some of whom may never see their parents again? For the sake of our nation's character, I hope we will be able to tell him that America unequivocally rejected this cruelty and demanded that our representatives did everything in their power to find those missing parents."

You can read the op-ed in full here.

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