In Scott Eastwood's recent GQ Australia article, the 30-year-old admitted he still hadn't reached out to his late ex-girlfriend's father since her fatal car accident, as he hadn't "found the right words."
Well, on Tuesday night, Scott found those words and mustered up the courage to call Alexander Brangman — the father of Jewel Brangman who passed away after a defective airbag inflated with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into her neck and killing her. So tragic.
The 61-year-old single father spoke to People about his emotional phone conversation with the actor nearly two years since he lost his daughter.
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Although Brangman appreciated Eastwood making the call, he admitted it wasn't easy — especially after the Suicide Squad star's prolonged silence:
"Quite frankly, I was hurt by it. I was disappointed he didn't come to her celebration of life. Many people were actually disappointed. Many of her friends flew across the country to pay their respects and condolences. There wasn't even a flower sent."
But he added that Clint Eastwood's son was extremely apologetic:
"He said 'I didn't reach out because I didn't know what to say.' He was very apologetic."
In regards to the GQ feature, Alexander understandably thinks Scott should've gotten his consent before talking about Jewel's death publicly:
"I don't think he handled the situation properly. When things are low, I choose to rise. I was angry – but everybody grieves differently. You know, he's a kid, too. I didn't know what his grieving process is – I'd like to get to know more of what he went through. Because that's a difficult thing. Maybe he didn't know how to grieve, and in some ways, I could have helped him. Or could still help him."
According to the late 26-year-old's dad, Jewel and Scott dated for about two years after meeting at a local bar in San Diego — and broke up six to nine months before the time of her death.
As we reported, Alexander filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, the airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. of Japan, and the car rental company where she rented the vehicle, and we now learn the case was eventually and confidentially settled.
We can't imagine the pain Alexander continues to go through, but we are happy to hear Scott is making an effort to come to terms with Jewel's passing.
[Image via Jewel Brangman/Instagram/WENN.]
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