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Kelly Rutherford

Spends a Nice Holiday

with Her Kids in France

9/3/2012 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Despite her crushing blow in family court recently, Kelly Rutherford was all smiles as she arrived in Nice, France to visit her two kids ... and TMZ has the photos.

As TMZ first reported, the "Gossip Girl" star was devastated after a judge ruled that her ex husband, Daniel Giersch, was allowed to keep their two young children living with him in France 50% of the time.

Kelly told friends afterwards she plans to challenge the ruling -- arguing that the difficult travel will make quality time with her children virtually impossible.

But on Sunday she looked happy as a clam when she arrived in Nice Airport with her brother ... while her kids greeted her with balloons and an awesome sign that said, "Welcome Super Mama."

Her ex was there too ... holding Hello Kitty balloons.

Très awkward.

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hotbitch    

The son obviously had to have help making that adorable sign. Dad can't be too big of an d-bag can he?

716 days ago
17.

Everyones~A~Star    

Who?

716 days ago
18.

Lola    

Divorce sucks for the kids and the adults. Everybody should be adults and live up to their commitment to make a marriage work. Children and marriage mean family. In this very tough world, the least a child should be able to count on is a stable home with parents, if possible. Divorce is usually a whimsical act, not necessary if the adults involved would act like adults rather than selfish infants themselves.

716 days ago
19.

pk    

What beautiful, happy looking children. Bizarre court ruling, hope she gets to bring them back home.

716 days ago
20.

Me    

The only awkward thing is TMZ dismissing as such what should be the norm : adults doing efforts to work out their issues and ease the pain for the benefits of the children. Now the latter are surely better off living their childhood in France than in LA, that's for sure.

716 days ago
21.

Tammy    

I think she should move there at least until her ex sorts out his visa issue, at least she would prove that she wants to be with her children the other way she is only proving the judge right.

716 days ago
22.

Amie    

If he was any kind of man he would let the mother have the children in the United States. You can see from the pictures how happy the kids are when they see their mother. It is his fault for not being allowed in the US.

716 days ago
23.

GothamGirl    

Beautiful kids! Sad a judge didn't side with the mother. If both parents are adequate, most young children prefer the company and attention of their mothers. Just a fact of nature.

716 days ago
24.

kitnplayn    

You have gone and done a very stupid thing by taking those young children away from their mother. You are going to be sorry when they get older, because they are going to hate you and resent you for doing that to them.

716 days ago
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Silas Dekker    

Looks like she's a heartless vengeful cow. You deserve to have your kids taken away.

Rutherford was married to Carlos Tarajano from June 30, 2001 to January 11, 2002. The couple appeared together in InStyle magazine. Only a few months after their marriage, Carlos developed a serious heart condition. Rutherford eventually filed for divorce. The marriage had lasted less than a year. He died in 2004.

She married her second husband, German businessman Daniel Giersch in August 2006. She gave birth to their first child in 2006. In 2009, while pregnant, Rutherford left Giersch and, according to him, did not inform him when she gave birth to their second child. [3] She then accused him of violence, and drug dealing, accusations that were not proven,[citation needed] but nevertheless, Giersch had his visa revoked and could not enter the United States with their two children. On August 29, 2012, Giersch was awarded custody of their two children in France where he continues to live. The judge ruled that Rutherford can fly to France in between acting jobs to see their children.

716 days ago
26.

Luz    

That is one handsome guy! Looks like he's nice, too! And the children are lovely! I hope they work things out, if not, I wish them the best!

716 days ago
27.

jwoolman    

Oh, TMZ. It's not très awkward. It's très the way it should be. Divorced parents don't have to be enemies. Makes sense that he would take the kids to the airport and help them greet their mom, then help with arrangements for quality mom time. Why not?

716 days ago
28.

noreen huggins    

these women needed to cool out

716 days ago
29.

noreen huggins    

a next halle berry

716 days ago
30.

losmyth    

If she was so surprised, how come she's looking right into the camera. I think she set it up herself.

715 days ago
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