Parenting. You’re doing it wrong.
Actor siblings Kate, 36, and Oliver Hudson, 38, have been publicly disowned by their father, Bill Hudson.
The director, 65, has said he wants to “set free” his two children from his marriage to Goldie Hawn after years of accusations and recriminations for being an absent father, the latest of which occurred on US Father’s Day.
Oliver Hudson posted a childhood snap of himself and Kate Hudson with their father, all three smiling, but captioned it, “Happy abandonment day” and tagged in his sister. It went viral, gathering thousands of comments and likes along the way.
That’s pretty harsh, but to then give an interview to a tabloid disowning your kids? That seems unnecessarily cruel.
“I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognise Oliver and Kate as my own,” Bill Hudson told the Mail on Sunday.
The life of Kate Hudson… Post continues after gallery.
“I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. Oliver’s Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth.”
Both siblings posted pictures of themselves with their stepfather Kurt Russell, whom they call “Pa”, honouring him on Father’s Day.
Bill Hudson has long maintained that his ex-wife Hawn “wilfully alienated” his children from him.
Family time: Kate Hudson, her brother Oliver and their stepdad Kurt Russell have fun (along with Cara Delevingne). Post continues after video.