Our hearts are breaking for David Cassidy.
A week after revealing he’s been battling dementia, the Partridge Family alum is opening up about his diagnosis.
In an emotional sit-down with Dr. Phil, the 66-year-old broke down discussing how his loved ones began pointing out his lapses in memory over two years ago.
The retired actor explained it was his family’s growing concern over his mental state that made him realize the severity of the situation — and ultimately seek medical attention.
Cassidy kept his diagnosis private for two-and-a-half years, but decided to go public after a recent on-stage spill in California that caused fans to wonder if he had relapsed back into substance abuse.
In his interview with the TV doctor, the performer made it clear that he wasn’t drunk and merely slipped on a stage monitor, explaining:
“I certainly wasn’t intoxicated, and it has nothing to do with why I’m leaving [the industry]. Certainly, my dementia has contributed to the reason why I don’t want to go out, and I don’t want to hear, ‘Well, he looked like he was drunk.’ … I wasn’t.”
Cassidy is set to perform two final concerts before ending his touring career at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City on March 4.
Watch the sneak peeks of Cassidy’s heartbreaking chat with Dr. Phil (below) — and catch the full interview on Wednesday.
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