Ellen: I heard about the scare in Hawaii. How long ago did that happen with your kid?
Heidi: We were in Hawaii two weeks ago. And we had an awesome holiday until the last day … on the last day when my son and three grown-ups were in the water and all of the sudden one of those riptides came and took my son and everyone into the water and they couldn’t get back out. It all happens so fast … It was so scary. I mean it happens in a second ( snaps her fingers.)
Ellen: But thank goodness you were watching. The adults with your son, Henry … they weren’t able to help him so if you hadn’t been watching …
Heidi: Well, Henry was not as much in trouble as the grown-ups were, to be honest, because he is a really good swimmer … Henry said [his swim instructor] always told me when you’re in the water, you have to be really calm and you can’t stress out and that’s what he did.
It took four seconds and he was out but the grown-ups it was really hard for them to get back out. Like the waves were just all of the sudden you know taking them deeper into the ocean. It’s really wild.
Ellen: Here’s the thing. The pictures we’re showing, it’s paparazzi, right?
Heidi: To be honest, I didn’t know that someone was there.
Ellen: But I mean, couldn’t they have put the camera down and helped you? I mean the fact that they were …
Heidi: I had a hard time. It was hard to get a grown-up out of the water, especially after they have been swimming for a while like one of my nannies was.
Ellen: I mean, she was in trouble..And you’re the only one in there..Did anyone go into help you?
Heidi: My mom and my dad were there. I just told them to take care of the other children because I was with Leni, Johan and Lou. We were playing in the sand while they were in the water and so I made sure my parents would take them while I go and help my nanny.
Ellen: Wow, well good thing you’re strong and in good shape. And I think it’s important for kids to know how to swim. Because you just never know.