Kate Hudson says it’s “so hard” to let her eldest son leave home to go to college

Hudson thought about life without eldest son Ryder at home.  (Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Hudson thought about life without eldest son Ryder at home. (Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Kate Hudson isn’t quite an empty nester yet – the youngest of her three children is 4-year-old daughter Rani – but the actress is already feeling the sting of seeing her child leave home and go to college.

In a new interview with Willie Geist for Sunday TodayHudson, 43, spoke of adjusting to life without her eldest child, Ryder, at home. The teenager, who shares Hudson with ex-husband Chris Robinson, moved to the other country for school this year.

“Ugh it’s so hard. All you want is for your kid to thrive and be happy, but man when I’m in LA and I go to the coffee machine in the morning and I don’t hear his voice – it’s a big one ,” she said to Geist, emotionally.

The Glass onion star is in good company though. Hudson told Geist she’s found a support system in celebrity friends like Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow.

“Our kids went to school together,” she said of Paltrow, mother of 18-year-old Apple Martin student. “We both had that moment together where we look at each other and we’re like, ‘How are you?’ Because we went through it at the same time. And Reese. All three ladies, our kids went to college at the same time.”

Hudson joked that she tries to play it off as, “I’m good, I’m good.”

“But inside you’re like ‘uggggghhh,'” groaned Hudson, who has an 11-year-old son named Bing, whose father is Muse frontman, in addition to Rani, 4, and Ryder, who turns 19 next month. Matt Bellamy.

Hudson previously spoke about Ryder’s absence in a September interview with Access to Hollywood.

“It’s hard to even talk about it,” she shared. “I’ll have a moment where I just start crying because something will hit me that he’s not there.

“But he’s having a good time, he’s in town, he’s ready,” she added. “And that makes me so excited. I’m so excited for his future. Seeing your kids blossom and feel good about themselves is all I can ask for.”

And the actress – who is engaged to Rani’s father, Danny Fujikawa – is determined to make the most of this next chapter of her life, she recently told Byrdie.

“Now I know why all my friends who were older than me, in their 40s, said, ‘This is my best. This is my favorite decade yet,'” she said, adding that she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of expand her brood.

“I’ve had kids all my adult life,” Hudson said. “I have my 4-year-old and I have a kid in college. And I don’t even know if I’m done yet. You know, I don’t have that answer yet.”

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