Bill's side. Ever since Oliver Hudson's harsh Father's Day Instagram — which featured him with his younger sister, Kate Hudson, as kids, posing with their biological dad, Bill Hudson, and read "Happy abandonment day" — the Hudson/Hawn family has been making headlines. Now musician Bill Hudson, 65, is telling his side of the story, in a new interview with the Daily Mail.
The ex-husband of Goldie Hawn accused the Private Benjamin star, 69, of "willfully alienating" him from his two eldest children.
"When we split up, she never had a bad word to say about me," Bill, who claimed that Hawn cheated on him and wanted an open marriage, said. "But when Kurt [Russell] came on the scene, the narrative changed and I became the big, bad wolf. I would say to her 'Goldie, why are you trashing me and saying I’m an absent father when it’s simply not the case?' and she’d laugh and go 'Oh Bill, you know it makes for a better story.'"
Bill and Hawn divorced in 1980, and Hawn and Russell began dating in 1983 and have been together ever since.
Bill also claimed that he did his best to remain in his children's lives for years, but that their mother increasingly pitted them against him. After years of back and forth, Oliver's Instagram post was the final straw for Bill.
"That was like a dagger to the heart," he said. "If what he wanted was me out of their lives, then he’s succeeded. I don’t want to see either of my eldest children ever again. It’s over."
Both Oliver and Kate shared photos with Russell in honor of Father's Day. Bill also had some choice words for Oliver, 38, and Kate, 36, who despite calling Russell their father, have kept his last name.
"I say to them now, 'I set you free,'" he said. "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. 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."
Bill also fathered two children, Emily and Zachary Hudson, with ex-wife and Laverne and Shirley star Cindy Williams, whom he divorced in 2000, and had daughter Lalania Hudson in 2006 with a long-term girlfriend.
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