Anthony Hopkins left Abigail and her mother for his second wife. She did not see him much growing up.
Every daughter wants to be loved and cared for by her father. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to experience it. Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins's daughter, Abigail Hopkins is one among them. The successful actor who starred in movies such as The Lion in Winter, The Remains of the Day was never there for his daughter.
According to The Telegraph, Anthony has not contacted his daughter for more than 20 years. The 82-year-old actor opened up about his relationship with his daughter during an interview with Radio Times. “I don’t have any idea. People break up. Families split and, you know, ‘Get on with your life.’ People make choices. I don’t care one way or the other.”
Abigail was born to Anthony when he was married to his first wife, Petronella Barker. However, Anthony did not stay around for him to have a bond with his daughter. When Abigail was just 14-months-old, the actor walked out of his marriage.
The actor had moved to America to find his place in Hollywood and it affected his relationship with Baker. Additionally, Anthony also struggled with alcohol issues at the time. These factors contributed to the crumbling of their marriage. Eventually, Anthony left his wife and daughter for his second wife, Jenni Lynton, according to Birmingham Mail.
Since then, Anthony has been away from his child. When many criticized his "I don’t care" comment, the actor stated, "No, I wasn’t cold. I’m not cold. Her choice is her choice," according to The Times. He added, "You know, I did the best I could, but you know, okay, I think if somebody doesn’t want to be part of my life, fine. Go and do whatever you want. I wish her well and all that, but I don’t want to talk about my daughter. Those things are over.”
He further went on to defend himself. “I’ve got no blame. People do what they do. And I don’t understand it and it doesn’t bother me. I can’t waste my time worrying about it. And I’m not cold, I’m just thinking, ‘Oh well, that’s the way it is,'" said the actor.
In an interview with Howard Stern in 2008, the actor said, "I hardly ever hear from her. She probably has good reasons. I guess we are estranged. I hope she is well. She is too busy and has to do her own thing. I think she is in England somewhere. Life is life. You get on with it."
However, the father-daughter duo had reconciled in the 1990s. But their relationship did not last long enough to create an unbreakable bond. In 2006, Abigail too talked about her strained relationship with her father. She recounted her childhood days and said, "I would see him, but maybe once a year. There is a little bit of sadness, but I have to get on with my life. It has always been like that. See him, and then not.” She also added that she suffered from alcohol addiction.
“I came very close to killing myself. It was the worst time I can remember. I totally abused my mind and body. The root cause was the fact that my father and I had an intermittent relationship when I was young. I was angry and there was a lot of grieving going on," said Abigail.
However, she stated she was open to mending their relationship if her father too was interested. “It would have to be a two-way thing, though,” she explained. “I don’t know how I would feel about it. We have never really been close. We’ve never discussed big life issues. Because, well, our relationship was always so sporadic. I’ve never felt I could discuss those sorts of things with him," she said, according to The Telegraph.