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Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family Paperback – December 1, 2011
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I'm pretty skeptical of people who can't let go of bitterness and jealousy after many years, and frankly, he seems like a liar as well. He and Goldie were only married 4 years, so he wasn't the poor little house-husband for long (If he ever was, wasn't the Hudson Brothers popular in the 70s?) and a cursory glance at Google shows me a People magazine article from 1989 in which 12 year old Oliver and 10 year old Kate, did indeed visit and when they did "the kids are all like brothers and sisters". (Oh, and there he is bashing Goldie!) So, the truth is usually in between what she says and what he says.
All in all, it just seems to me that Bill is very bitter and jealous about Goldie being rich and famous and succeeding where he did not. His constant talking about their sex life in the book (HIS view of it) is tacky and vile, and the constant hammering home of how she liked to have sex with more than one person, you know, like men have always done, is tedious. The one person I do feel bad for is Cindy Williams. I don't know how anyone could stay married to someone obsessed with hating their ex as long as he was for as long as she did.
Being from a divorced family, both my parents focus became their new spouses. I'm guessing that's what happened to Bill. That is not uncommon. i would also guess this story is just his version. I would love to hear GH's version of the day their son was born. i wonder if she would agree to how supportive and perfect Bill behaved.
To call your own daughter, who is young, and you've struggled already with a relationship, and call her a spoiled brat? Shame on you, Bill!
Also, I find it offensive that he speak for anyone but himself. He doesn't know how the kids or his ex felt, or perceived things. Having expectations that his daughter should have a relationship with her half sister, and take care of the gram? Why doesn't he? That's quite a burden to put on a young girl from divorce, who had an estranged relationship with her dad.
I do think this is mostly the fault of Bill, himself, and I also believe a lot of dads don't know how to parent.
I hope if there is a day my kids come to me and disagree with the way I parented, I can swallow my pride, apologize and explain I did my best. That I'm sorry and only want the best for them. There's no need to put them down, become defensive, and create more hate and discomfort. Bill, you have another chance, fix yourself, pull it together, go apologize, love them and let it go. Let them decide if they want to come see you. Give them the sense of being at peace within themselves, regarding their biological father. That's the biggest gift you could offer them.
No, this book is far more than a "poor me" tell all. It sheds the light on a very damning condition that exists which is "alienation of affection" of children or anyone. Legally, this should be addressed and we need as a society to make certain that children and parents are not poisoned against anyone or kept from love on any level.
And for those Hudson Brother's fans who are pouting about not hearing more of that story; grow up... This book is about a chapter of life which gave Bill great pain and still does. He admits his faults and is loving in his memories of the life he and Goldie had together, but he really didn't deserve the twist in this story.Read more ›
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I like how the story was written in a precise polite way. It is amazing what people can do in a divorce situation, when children are involved. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Grannt Vroom!
GOD BLESS BILL HUDSON -- Goldie Hawn is a fake phony fraud.
For a rich so called mother to deny her kids their own father is unforgivable... Read more
Bill Hudson, Goldie Hawn's second ex-husband and father of actors Oliver and Kate Hudson, finally tells his story after years of mistreatment in the press by his ex wife and their... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sylviastel
It is an honest book written with heart. It's great that Bill has three other children who love him. He deserves this. Read morePublished 7 months ago by bluesky
Divorce is usually the result of incompatibility between two people, and often there is pain, hurt, and disappointment. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tracy
As a long time Hudson Brother Fan, this book was fun to read and told us the story we did not know was going on behind the scenes!Published on December 19, 2013 by Valerie Smitendorf
Eh, there's two sides to every story, this is true. I just get the feeling he was trying more to talk to his daughter Kate through this book because she will no longer talk with... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Margaret M. Scanlan
This is a sad story. Bill Hudson became exhausted and gave up fighting for his rights to see his kids. He says this is a decision he will regret all his life. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Imareader