Even though she has a different last name, you may not have realized that Kurt Russell isn’t Kate Hudson’s biological father — but after reading this, you’ll wish he were. As many children who are adopted or raised by someone other than their birth parent know, contributing DNA is hardly what makes a great father or mother.
80s singer and sometimes actor Bill Hudson was married to Goldie Hawn from 1976 to 1980, and the couple had two children — Kate and Oliver. Following their divorce, the Hudson children were raised by Hawn and her longtime partner (aka “Pa”), Kurt Russell. Kate called Russell a “saviour who came into my life. He’s been there for everything,” and she’s also said Bill Hudson “doesn’t know me from a hole in the wall.” While he’s often made claims that the problems between he and Hawn were an impediment to his relationship with Kate and Oliver, Bill Hudson stepped way over the line this weekend, letting loose his anger after Oliver posted this caption and photo to Instagram:
Now, obviously there are some deeply hurt feelings, and perhaps this wasn’t the best way for a son to express his resentment. However, Bill Hudson’s response goes above and beyond any rational adult reaction, with a public statement that he’s breaking all ties with Oliver and Kate:
“I say to them now, ‘I set you free.’ I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognise Oliver and Kate as my own.
I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. Oliver’s Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth.”
It’s certainly understandable that Hudson would be upset and angry about Oliver’s comment, but this public declaration that his children are “dead” to him now seems pretty indicative of who this man is. From the statements that have gone back and forth over the years, it’s obvious there’s a lot of pain all around, but (speaking as both a parent and a daughter who was in a similar situation) it’s the parent who should take the high road.