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Kate Hudson 'blessed' by father's 'abandonment'

Kate Hudson 'blessed' by father's 'abandonment'

Kate Hudson feels "blessed" that her father "abandoned" her.

The 36-year-old actress insists she forgives her biological father Bill Hudson for leaving her and her brother Oliver and admits it has only made the pair stronger as siblings.

Speaking on Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Sexy Funny show on Sirius XM, she said: "I think [Oliver and I] both probably suffered differently and very similarly to anybody who feels abandoned by a parent ... We can have a sense of humor about it together. We can sort of laugh at the challenges that we faced because of it - together.

"To be honest, our dad, who we don't really know very well, is really funny ... from what I remember when we were younger [he] had a great sense of humor. When we laugh about our father, we go, 'We probably got that from him.'

"Life is funny. I just feel so lucky. I actually feel like it was a blessing. No matter what he goes through, I'm all forgiveness."

Meanwhile, Bill previously disowned both Kate and Oliver, insisting he does not "recognise them as his own".

He said at the time: "I say to them now, 'I set you free'. I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognise Oliver and Kate as my own.

"I would ask them to stop using the Hudson name. They are no longer a part of my life. Oliver's Instagram post was a malicious, vicious, premeditated attack. He is dead to me now. As is Kate. I am mourning their loss even though they are still walking this earth."