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Christian Slater: My dad has schizophrenia

Christian Slater has spoken about his relationship with his father, who is a manic-depressive schizophrenic.

The 45-year-old star's dad is called Michael Hawkins and the pair have been through a lot. Having not spoken for the last nine years, Michael recently reached out to his son and they are attempting to rebuild their relationship.

"He's a manic-depressive schizophrenic," Christian told Lars Von Trier for Interview magazine, according to E! Online.

"[He is] in a place now, getting a lot of help from someone.

"In the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect. I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good."

Christian explained his father, who was also an actor always had "trouble". While Michael is described as "extraordinarily charismatic" and very good looking but his son, Christian also points out he had a hard time working with people because collaboration wasn't his forte.

The star spoke about his own life too, discussing how happy his is with his wife of 18 months Brittany Lopez. Things are about to change for the couple as Christian's 16-year-old son Jaden, whose mother is the actor's ex-wife Ryan Haddon, is about to come to live with them.

"I'm excited to get the opportunity to be a bit more of a father in his life," he explained.

Even so, Christian doesn't have a totally positive outlook on the world. While he can appreciate that things are going well for him at the moment, it's not in his nature to be boastful or feel completely content.

"It is probably more golden than I will ever acknowledge, you know?" he said of his life at the moment. "I have that glass-half-empty syndrome, and it takes a great deal of effort to climb out of the hole of darkness that I choose to live in mentally."

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