Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy says that along with the fame, adoration of fans and huge success, came a dark battle with alcoholism. The singer, songwriter and actor admits he had drinking binges but says he has been “pretty much sober” for the last two-and-a-half years.

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In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil airing Tuesday, Cassidy shares that his drinking came between him and his son.

“There were a number of elements that entered into it, but yes,” he says when asked if drinking interfered in their relationship. “I was the ideal father. I would do anything for him. He’s the love of my life and probably the reason that I didn’t kill myself because of him.”

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Cassidy also opens up about his daughter, with whom he says he does not have an active relationship.

On Tuesday’s episode, watch a clip from one of Cassidy’s recent performances, and hear what he says about rumors that he was intoxicated during it. And, Cassidy discusses his recent announcement that he is battling dementia and why he is stepping out of the spotlight after more than 40 years. Check here to see where you can watch the exclusive interview.

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