Hasselhoff: I felt a failure as a father
David Hasselhoff says his daughters’ experimentations with drugs made him feel like a “failure as a father”.
The 62-year-old actor is father to Taylor, 24, and 22-year-old Hayley with ex-wife Pamela Bach.
He has himself had issues with both alcohol and drug use in the past, and said in a new interview that it was his own experiences that made it so much harder to see his daughters testing their limits.
“I have a great relationship with my daughters but there came a time when I said, ‘Woah, you can’t do that.’ How do you deal with your daughter when the drug you know she is taking could kill her?
"I got so scared when my daughter came home and I found something in her purse.
“I freaked out, and it made me feel like a failure as a father – but I wasn’t. I needed to tell my daughters the truth. I told them that back in the 80s and 90s we would joke that drugs weren’t addictive.
"It was fun – but nobody knew then that it would tear up your career, tear up your life, and cause havoc. But it is part of growing up, and minuscule compared to what the show’s about.”
David did not reveal which of his daughters he was referring to, or which drug she was attempting to use.
However, he did continue to add that he had struggled to say no on various occasions during his career.
“Well, once I had some girls who wanted me to take Ecstasy with them in France and go party,” he said. “But I was in a different crowd then. I won’t tell you exactly what drugs I did because it’ll go everywhere, but it was similar to that. It just lasted a lot longer.
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