David Cassidy is getting candid about his battle with dementia.
The “Partridge Family” alum appeared on “Dr. Phil” for his first interview since revealing his diagnosis.
“When friends of yours or family members begin to say to 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, 66, told Dr. Phil of realizing something was wrong.
The musician shared with the world that he had dementia after he fell on stage and forgot his own lyrics during a concert on Feb. 18 in Angoura Hills, Calif.
David Cassidy appears on the Dr. Phil show for the first time since revealing he has dementia.
Many speculated the star might be drunk, considering he had previously been arrested for three DUIs since 2010.
He also entered rehab in 2014 — and the February incident led people to believe he may have relapsed.
“I certainly wasn’t intoxicated, and it has nothing to do with why I’m leaving (the entertainment industry),” he said during the interview. “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.”
David Cassidy in 2014.
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Cassidy was diagnosed with the disease in 2015. He told People on Feb. 23 that he will be retiring from performing, and plans to devote more time to his personal life.
The complete interview will air on CBS on March 1 at 3 p.m.
Source: Ny Daily News