Anthony Hopkins feels ‘no blame’ being estranged from daughter
Sir Anthony Hopkins has no idea whether his only daughter Abigail has any children — but that doesn't make him cold, so says the award-winning actor.
The "Westworld" star, 80, defended comments he made last week in a new interview Monday, and insisted he's not to blame for the father-daughter pair's estranged relationship — despite admitting that he doesn't care what his status is as a grandfather.
"No, I wasn't cold. I'm not cold. Her choice is her choice," he told the British newspaper The Times. "You know, I did the best I could, but, you know, OK, I think if somebody doesn't want to be part of my life, fine. Go and do whatever you want. I wish her well and all that, but I don't want to talk about my daughter."
"Those things are over. I've got no blame. People do what they do," he added. "And I don't understand it and it doesn't bother me. I can't waste my time worrying about it. And I'm not cold, I'm just thinking, 'Oh well, that's the way it is.'"
The clarification comes after Hopkins said last week that he was totally in the dark as to whether Abigail has made him a grandfather in the years since they fell out of touch.
"I don't have any idea. People break up. Families split, and, you know, 'Get on with your life.' People make choices. I don't care one way or another," he told the Radio Times, admitting that his answer was "cold, because life is cold."
Abigail, 48, was born to Hopkins and his first wife, Petronella Barker. The "Silence of the Lambs" star abandoned the family when Abigail was just 14 months old, according to the Telegraph, in a move that fractured their relationship for years to come.
Despite a brief reconciliation in the '90s, in which Hopkins arranged for Abigail to appear in two of his films, the two have not been in contact since 2001.
"We have never really been close. We've never discussed big life issues. Because, well, our relationship was always so sporadic," Abigail told the Telegraph in 2006. "I would see him (as a child), but maybe once a year. There is a little bit of sadness but I have to get on with my life. It has always been like that."
Abigail, now a singer/songwriter, actress and acting coach, added that her strained relationship with her father led her to drop out of college at 18, and briefly contemplate suicide.
"I bottled up so much emotion in my childhood, it caused my mind to go," she told the British paper. "I came very close to killing myself… The root cause was the fact that my father and I had an intermittent relationship when I was young. I was angry and there was a lot of grieving going on."