Oliver Hudson says he's now trying to have a relationship with estranged father Bill

Oliver Hudson is attempting to make peace with his father, Bill Hudson.

The 41-year-old actor recently appeared on Larry King Now, and was asked by the host if he was "friendly" with his biological dad. Both father and son have made it no secret in the past that the two have a rocky relationship.

But on Monday, Oliver had a positive update on their very public feud.

“Well, we’re trying right now,” Oliver said. “We’ve shot some texts back and forth.”

The Splitting Up Together star made headlines in 2015 thanks to a pointed Instagram he shared on Father's Day, when he posted a childhood picture of himself and his younger sister, Kate Hudson, with Bill.

"Happy abandonment day... @katehudson," he wrote.

Oliver discussed the infamous post with King, and said that it actually worked to open the door to communication with Bill.

“I had posted something that was darkly comedic and it blew up into something, and actually it helped us with our relationship," he shared. "So now we’re kind of keeping in touch."

Of course, this wasn't always the case. In 2015, Bill publicly disowned both Oliver and Kate in an interview with The Mail. "I say to them now, 'I set you free,'" Bill said at the time. "I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognize Oliver and Kate as my own."

"I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name," he added. "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."

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Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson together through the years
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Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson together through the years
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 06: Oliver Hudson, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Wyatt Russell arrives at the Goldie Hawn Hosts Annual Goldie's Love In For Kids at Ron Burkle??s Green Acres Estate on May 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Californi (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Actors Oliver Hudson (L) and Kate Hudson attend Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Oliver Hudson (L) and FABLETICS Co-Founder Kate Hudson attends FL2 Launch at Gramercy Terrace at The Gramercy Park Hotel on June 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
�2009 credit Gamepiks only Actress Kate Hudson (2nd-L) attends Game 5 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) with her stepfather, actor Kurt Russell (3rd-L), her stepbrother Wyatt Russell (L) and brother Oliver Hudson (R) in Anaheim, California on October 22, 2009. The Angels defeated the Yankees 7-6 to stave off elimination. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
�2009 GAMEPIKS Kate Hudson and her brother Oliver Hudson sit courtside as they attend the Los Angeles Lakers/Los Angeles Clippers NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles on April 5, 2009. The Lakers defeated the Clippers 88-85 after squandering a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter. XYZ (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Oliver Hudson and sister Kate Hudson (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12: (TABS OUT) Actors (L-R) Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Oliver Hudson and his sister Kate Hudson pose at the post-premiere party for 'Dark Blue' on Febraury 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 18: Actress Kate Hudson and brother Oliver Hudson attend the 'Gossip' Westwood Premiere on April 18, 2000 at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Oliver Hudson and Kate Hudson during '200 Cigarettes' Los Angeles Premiere at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Kate Hudson with brothers Wyatt and Oliver during American Museum of the Moving Image Honors Goldie Hawn at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson & Wyatt Russell (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
circa 1990: Actress Kate Hudson with her brother, actor Oliver Hudson. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

But in 2016, Kate said she had made peace with Bill.

"[His] issues ... are just something that he has to live with, and that must be painful for him," Kate said during her appearance on Sirus XM's The Howard Stern Show. "I forgive him."

And both Kate and Oliver have made it clear that they consider their dad to be their mother Goldie Hawn's longtime boyfriend, Kurt Russell.

"When you have a father like Kurt, whose sort of been there for the hard stuff ... He's not a perfect man," Hudson admitted to Stern, adding, "But the trust that I got from him in terms of his dependability was priceless for me."


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