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Anthony Hopkins Doesn't Know, Care If Daughter Has Kids

Actor doesn't hold back when asked about familial relationships
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2018 1:07 PM CDT
Anthony Hopkins participates in the "Westworld" panel during the HBO Television Critics Association summer press tour Saturday, July 30, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Anthony Hopkins didn't mince words when asked by Radio Times whether he's a grandfather. "I don’t have any idea," he said. "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." When the interviewer mentioned that sounded cold, he continued, "Well, it is cold. Because life is cold." The question came up during an interview about Hopkins' role as King Lear in the BBC film of the Shakespeare play; Lear, of course, has a fraught relationship with his own daughters. As the Mirror explains, Hopkins has just one child, Abigail, born to his first wife, Petronella Barker, but Hopkins separated from the family when she was 14 months old to live with another woman.

Hopkins and Abigail briefly reconciled in the 1990s, and she actually had cameos in two of Hopkins' films. Apparently, however, the 80-year-old actor is once again estranged from 48-year-old Abigail, who uses or has used the surname Harrison, though her official website uses the name Hopkins. The Sun reports she is a singer-songwriter and actress who has, in the past, said that her relationship with Hopkins contributed to her struggles with drug addiction and mental health. And no, per the Telegraph, she does not have children. (Read more Anthony Hopkins stories.)

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