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Between Sir Anthony Hopkins And His Estranged Daughter: This Is Why He Does Not Care If They Have Not Spoken In 20 Years

Date May 23, 2018 10:32

For years, the world has watched Hollywood stars and their families deal with broken relationships. A key example of this: Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, have been publicly hostile towards each other until recently.

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Anthony Hopkins and his daughter

Not many people know much about the personal life of another Hollywood star, Anthony Hopkins, and his daughter, Abigail Rhiannedd Hopkins.

Abigail is the legendary actor's only child with the English actress Petronella Barker. They were married for about 6 years, between 1966 and 1972.

Dysfunctional relationship

Their marriage was plagued by Hopkins' anger issues and alcoholism, and the birth of their daughter only made things worse, as the actor was ill-prepared to handle life as a father.

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It is not clear when things fell apart between the actor and his 48-year-old actress daughter, but they appeared to have had some father-daughter relationship well into the 90s.

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She even made an appearance in two of his films, including the remarkable adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel, The Remains Of The Day.

Hopkins will star in the BBC adaptation of King Lear, which will become available in the last week of May, and he has said in recent interviews that he has not had any contact with his daughter for 20 years.

He no longer cares to reach out

In an interview with Radio Times, he talked about the toxicity of Hollywood and the widespread entitlement. Importantly, he mentioned that he does not know if he has grandchildren and does not feel the need to reach out to his daughter.

He said:

Children don’t like their fathers, you don’t have to love each other.

His recent comments on their relationship are remarkably different from what he told Howard Stern in a 2002 interview where he reached out to her. The actor is currently married to his third wife, Stella Arroyave. They have been together since 2003.

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