March 1, 2017
David Cassidy rose to fame as a former teen heartthrob and star of the hit 1970s TV series The Partridge Family. At 21, he was the highest paid solo performer in the world, and millions of young girls joined his fan club which had more members than Elvis and The Beatles combined.
But along with the bright lights, thousands of adoring fans and massive sold-out crowds, came problems that Cassidy struggled with secretly. The fame came with untold pressures that took a toll, leading to a dark battle with substance abuse, including multiple DUI charges. Now 66, the singer and actor recently revealed he has been diagnosed with dementia.
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In the video above, from Cassidy’s exclusive interview with Dr. Phil airing Wednesday, Cassidy addresses rumors that he is drinking again, which started to surface after a recent performance where he fell down on stage and appeared to forget lyrics to songs he’s been singing for decades.
“How did that performance go, in your opinion?” Dr. Phil asks.
“Well, the audience thought it was fantastic and as you can see the fans there, I heard nothing but amazing, amazing,” Cassidy says. “I was suffering, however, from laryngitis.”
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“It did appear to me that there were times that you were losing your place,” Dr. Phil says to Cassidy. “You did slip off the stage at one point.”
Cassidy denies slipping, claiming he tripped on one of the monitors on stage. “I certainly wasn’t intoxicated and has nothing to do with why I’m leaving,” he says. “Certainly my dementia has contributed to the reason why I don’t want to go out and I don’t want to hear, ‘Well, he looked like he was drunk.’ I wasn’t.”
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On Wednesday’s episode, hear why Cassidy says he’s stepping out of the spotlight after a half-century career. And, he discusses the status of his current relationship with his family. Check here to see where you can watch the exclusive interview.
A portion of the above video was provided to the Dr. Phil show by TMZ.