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Christian Slater 'grateful' to have reconciled with dad

Christian Slater 'grateful' to have reconciled with dad

Christian Slater is "very grateful" to have reconciled with his father.

The 'Heathers' actor had been estranged from his dad Michael Hawkins - who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder - for nine years until recently, but now his parent is "in a place now, getting a lot of help", he is happy they have begun to repair their relationship.

He said: "In the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect.

"I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good."

These days, the 45-year-old actor is "happily married" to Brittany Lopez - who he wed in 2013 after three years of dating - and has a "great relationship" with his kids, 16-year-old Jaden, and Eliana, 13, who he had with ex-wife Ryan Haddon.

And the 'Mr. Robot' actor is "excited" that Jaden is planning to move in with him and Brittany.

Speaking to Lars Von Trier for Interview magazine: "I'm excited to get the opportunity to be a bit more of a father in his life."

And Christian admitted he lives in a "hole of darkness" and can find it hard to acknowledge just how "golden" his life is.

Asked if he is "living a golden life" right now, he replied: "It is probably more golden than I will ever acknowledge, you know? I have that glass-half-empty syndrome, and it takes a great deal of effort to climb out of the hole of darkness that I choose to live in mentally."