I’m rather perplexed about these pictures of Kate Hudson (with boyfriend and baby daddy Matt Bellamy) on 9/15 that feature Kate hiding the lower part of her face from the photographers. It isn’t as if she’s pulling her entire face under a hat, just the lower portion. Not that this necessarily means anything, but it’s slightly odd. What’s she hiding?
Speaking of various shades of privacy, Kate’s father, Bill is still leaking excerpts from his upcoming memoir, Two Versions: The other side of fame and family. Last time, we discussed his claims that Kate has done really “awful” things and that Goldie hasn’t helped matters due to her alleged pattern of parental alienation. Both sides seemed truly pathetic, but many of you agreed that Bill was the douchier party because he’s the one airing the family’s dirty laundry in public for some cash. The whole vibe was geared towards selling a book that no one would otherwise want to read at the expense of dragging out decades-old trash to the pop culture curb; and my assumption was that he was only in it for the money and not that he was pulling a Billy Ray Cyrus by emotionally blackmailing his daughter into rebuilding their lost daddy-daughter relationship. However, the latter notion is exactly what Bill claims to be hoping for after the release of his memoir. Yet the fact that he’s completely calling out Goldie as a cheating wife and slutty bed-hopper and declaring that Kate’s going the same slutty way, well, that doesn’t bode well for Bill’s self-declared good intentions. Unsurprisingly, there’s lots of drug-related stuff in the memoir too:
Kate Hudson may have inherited more than just her megawatt smile from mom Goldie Hawn. In an explosive new tell-all, Kate’s estranged father, Bill Hudson claims that Goldie was a drugged-out absentee mother who passed her bed-hopping ways along to her A-list daughter.
In a Star world exclusive, Bill, 61, is releasing excerpts from Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family, due out by Nov. 1. He recalls falling for Goldie by their second date at a Rolling Stones concert in 1975, despite her drug use. “A joint got passed to Goldie, and she took a giant toke. A large plate of cocaine came by, and she took a huge snort. We headed back to her house…had some wine, and both smoked some pot. We spent most of the night getting high.
The pair ultimately wed and had a son, Oliver, in 1976. But Goldie’s focus soon changed. “Her priorities shifted when she filmed Foul Play with Chevy Chose, and our kids were her [second] priority,” Bill writes, revealing that by the time Kate was born in 1979, he felt like a sperm donor. “It was very businesslike,” he writes. “The attitude was to basically have this baby, get it done, and keep moving. It felt like another project.”
But it was Goldie’s insistence on an “open” relationship, not her ambition, that doomed their marriage, he claims. “She was more into show business than I ever was, and I could live with that, but not the infidelity,” Bill says.
Notorious ladies’ man Warren Beatty came between the couple after he costarred with Goldie in Shampoo, but the last straw was her fling with french actor Yves Renier, whom she met while filming Private Benjamin. Bill filed for divorce when Kate was just a year old.
His ability to bond with his daughter was hampered even more by Goldie’s new man, Kurt Russell. “The lack of visitation meant many knock-down, drag-out fights [with] Goldie,” Bill writes. “[The kids] didn’t realize that I was slowly but surely being replaced as their father figure.” As the fighting intensified, so did the distance between Bill and his children. Finally, he simply gave up: “I will honestly regret that decision until the day I die,” he admits.
Bill still harbors some hard feelings against Kate, who he says is doing the same thing as her mother. “Kate was married to Chris Robinson and then divorced him to be with Owen Wilson. It closely mirrored my situation with Goldie.”
Bill hopes that his memoir will serve as an olive branch and lead to a reconciliation with his children. “I realize there’s nothing I can do to fix it, but I hope there is eventually a resolution.”
[From Star, print edition, October 3, 2011]
Part of me wants to feel sorry for Bill if he was truly pushed out of his children’s lives, but I also think that if he really wanted to be involved, he wouldn’t have given up in the face of any amount of pressure. Also, Bill makes quite the assumption that Kate divorced Robinson just to be with Owen Wilson. Exactly how does he know the inner workings of his daughter’s romantic life if he hasn’t spoken to her in decades? Even if Bill is unconsciously projecting Goldie’s alleged ways onto Kate, it’s still out of line for a father to say this in public about his own daughter. I mean, we all know that Kate is a serial monogamist and can’t be without a man for even a moment, but seriously, “Dad,” shut your mouth.
Photos courtesy of Fame