After being diagnosed with dementia more than two years ago, David Cassidy is opening up for the first time about his battle with the disease.
In a new interview with Dr. Phil, set to air on March 1, the 66-year-old “The Partridge Family” actor and platinum-selling recording artist reveals that his dementia has forced him to stop performing, and talks about his fear of burdening his family with the brain disease.
“When friends or family members ask you, ‘Remember, I just told you this two days ago?’ and there’s no memory of it. That’s when I began to be very concerned,” Cassidy explains in his interview with Dr. Phil. “I have the beginning stages, the early stages of dementia.”
When it came to speaking with his son, Beau, about not wanting to succumb to the disease, similar to how his mother did, Cassidy said, “I want you to promise me you’ll find a way to let me go and don’t let me live like that.”
During the interview, Cassidy, who has struggled with past alcoholism and spent time in rehab in 2014, also addresses the accusations that he was intoxicated during his last concert performance, which saw him slurring his words and struggling to recall song lyrics in front of fans.
“I certainly wasn’t intoxicated and it has nothing to do with why I’m leaving,” he says, as reported by Today. “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.”