When news leaked out earlier this year that musician Bill Hudson was releasing a book in which he called famous daughter Kate Hudson a “spoiled brat,” I was concerned that he had gone to the Lynne Spears School of Parenting. I’m referring, of course, to Spears’ 2008 memoir, in which she revealed that daughter Britney had lost her virginity at age 14, leading their estranged relationship to become even more strained. See also: Nancy Dow, Jennifer Aniston’s mother, who wrote a book called From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir. It was years before Aniston made up with her mom.
But Bill Hudson tells Radar Online that his new book, 2 Versions: The Other Side of Fame & Family, isn’t intended to air Kate Hudson’s dirty laundry. He furthers that it isn’t about bashing ex-wife Goldie Hawn or their older child, actor Oliver Hudson.
“It is not a trashy tell-all,” Hudson explains. “It’s my side of what happened and it’s backed with facts and Goldie’s own words and Kate’s own words and my words and feelings.”
Hudson even calls the book an olive branch of sorts.
“The book in some ways is an apology to Oliver and Kate,” he says. “I hope to make amends.”
For those of you who have managed to stay out of the Hudson family drama, here is the short story: Bill Hudson and Goldie Hawn married in 1976 and had two children before divorcing four years later. Both Kate and Oliver Hudson were raised by Hawn’s longtime domestic partner, Kurt Russell. Meanwhile, Bill Hudson was largely absent from their lives.
In 2000, Kate Hudson talked about her father in an interview with Vanity Fair.
“[Bill Hudson] doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall,” she said, bluntly. “Kurt is my dad. Kurt is a savior who came into my life. [Bill] was sort of in and out of our lives. I don’t hate him for it. I guess what I feel is frustration and curiosity — like, what was it about me he didn’t want to know?”
Apparently, the comment hit home for Bill. He and Kate Hudson reconciled for several years following the interview. But in 2005, their relationship soured again.
Obviously, Bill Hudson has done a tremendous amount of damage to his children over the years. And who am I to say that his version of events—that Goldie Hawn wanted an open marriage and cheated on him, that he tried to have a relationship with his kids but wasn’t given custody—are accurate. But it does sound to me like this man is truly apologetic and would like to change their relationship moving forward.
“I regret that I was absent from their life for a long period of time. I should have fought harder,” Hudson tells Radar. “I haven’t met any of my grandchildren, but I’d like to meet them one day.”
All that said, I do wish that Hudson would stop using the press to deliver this message to his daughter. I mean, an exclusive interview with Radar—really? I also wish that he’d combed his memoir for statements like these, which really can’t help too much in the trying-to-start-a-better-relationship front:
“Kate was married to Chris Robinson and then divorced him to be with Owen Wilson. It closely mirrored my situation with Goldie.”
“I love Kate, but … she has done stuff which is just awful. She is a spoiled brat in my eyes and at the end of the day, she should meet her little sister.”