From heavy drinking to doubting himself, Anthony Hopkins addressed his “regrets” in life in a new interview.
But when the Silence Of The Lambs star was asked about his estrangement from his only child, jazz singer Abigail Hopkins, he said the subject was “taboo”.
“I want no word on that,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine.
Later in the interview, the 83-year-old added: “The past is sealed. I have regrets.
“You can’t undo things. You have to get on with life – live it and don’t look back.”
Abigail, 52, was born during the actor’s first marriage to actress Petronella Barker, but he walked out when she was just 14 months old and the couple divorced when she was still a small child.
The singer has been estranged from her famous father for a number of years, and has talked about the impact of their lack of contact when she was a child.
She told the Telegraph in 2006: “I would see him, but maybe once a year. There is a little bit of sadness but I have to get on with my life.
“It has always been like that. See him, and then not. Then, when I was 16, there was some row.”
The fight, reportedly about a comment Anthony made about Abigail’s mother, ended contact for a long period.
The then-teenage Abigail spiralled into drug addition and suicidal thoughts when she was 18, having dropped out of university.
“I came very close to killing myself. It was the worst time I can remember,” she revealed in an interview.
“I totally abused my mind and body. The root cause was the fact that my father and I had an intermittent relationship when I was young. I was angry and there was a lot of grieving going on.”
The two reconnected during the 1990s, with Abigail taking small cameo roles in two of Oscar-winner Anthony’s movies.
Abigail has appeared in ten films and TV documentaries, including 1993’s Remains Of The Day and Shadowlands – alongside her dad – and 2015’s Romeo Vs Juliet.
However they are no longer on speaking terms.
In 2018 Anthony told the Radio Times he did not know if he had any grandchildren.
He said at the time: “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 told that sounded cold, he replied: “Well, it is cold. Because life is cold. It’s like John Osborne’s response when someone said to him, ‘Mr Osborne, your play is offensive,’ and he said, ‘Life is offensive’.”