Singer, songwriter and actor David Cassidy shot to super-stardom in 1970 as Keith Partridge on the hit TV series The Partridge Family. The former teen heartthrob was adored by young girls and had a fan club with more members than Elvis and The Beatles combined.
But along with the adoration, money and success, Cassidy battled alcoholism which led to multiple DUIs and a license suspension.
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In the video above, from Dr. Phil’s exclusive interview with Cassidy, Dr. Phil asks the 66-year-old about his recent comment to People Magazine that he has been “pretty much sober” for the last two-and-a-half years.
“I had fallen off two-and-a-half-years ago,” Cassidy tells Dr. Phil, adding that a binge for him includes beer or wine and lasts two or three days until he goes back to AA.
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Cassidy, who recently revealed that he was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, describes why he says he fell off the wagon.
“Part of the reason that I fell off the first time was that I got the diagnosis,” he says. He says another contributing factor was his mom’s death due to dementia three years ago. “That’s when I started really drinking heavily. When she was in her last days, I would come to the hospital– I couldn’t come unless I was completely intoxicated. It was too painful for me.”
Cassidy was accused of being drunk at a recent California performance, where fans recorded video of him stumbling and appearing to forget lyrics, but he denies having had anything to drink.
On Tuesday’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
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