David Cassidy doesnt want fans to mistake his battle with dementia for alcohol abuse.
The 66 -year-old actor, who first saw fame as heartthrob Keith Partridge on the 1970 s series The Partridge Family, first revealed to PEOPLE Magazine he was diagnosed with the memory loss cancer. Now he said his current combat is distinct from his previous issues such as alcoholism.
I was concerned people would mistake my alcoholism with my diagnosis, said Cassidy on Tuesday after footage obtained by TMZ presented him struggling to remember lyrics to ballads that he had been singing for nearly 50 years before falling off the stage during a southern California show on Saturday.
Its a tricky business, he said.
According to the celebrity news publishing, Cassidy publicly acknowledged his struggle with alcohol abuse in 2008 and despite multiple efforts to get his addiction under control, he repeatedly relapsed.
He was charged with a DUI in November 2010 and was subsequently charged with the same offense in August 2013 and January 2014. A month after his third arrest, his wife filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage. In February 2015, Cassidy filed for insolvency and was charged following a hit-and-run eight months later in 2015.
The 70 s teen idol also battled substance abuse matters and went to rehab in 2014.
Cassidy said he has been sober pretty much since rehab, but are recognizing that during his darkest days, he found convenience in self-medicating.
I recollect days in my life that I wouldnt speak to another person for a few months, said Cassidy. I was penalty with it.
When asked if he had any unhappiness about his years in the spotlight, he answered, The listing of things Ive done that I wish I wouldnt have would be so long that I couldnt maybe share it.
Cassidys grandfather and mother, 1940 s Broadway star Evelyn Ward, is likewise struck with the neurological disease. Ward died at age 89 in 2013 after suffering from Alzheimers-related dementia.
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