Although Katie did have a cordial bond with her father, their relationship hit a rough patch after the late actor developed dementia in 2015.
Being constantly side-lined and rejected by parents for almost all their life is absolutely devastating for a child. The agony that one goes through is something, sadly, Katie Cassidy, the daughter of actor and singer David Cassidy, knows all too well. The artist rose to fame through his 1970s musical TV series The Patridge Family and shortly after this, became a father to Katie during his short term relationship with model Sherry Williams. After the couple broke up, David started another family with his third wife in 1991 and welcomed his second child Beau. At this point, he was a father of two. However, David only considered Beau to be his child.
Katie's mom and stepfather Richard Benedon were the only ones who assumed the role of parents in her life. While she did not get a chance to spend a lot of time with her biological father during her childhood, Katie maintained a cordial and loving relationship with David, initially. "To be able to go to someone I’m genetically linked to, tell them anything, and know that they’re not going to judge me—it’s unbelievable," the 34-year-old told PEOPLE in 2009.
She did end up following in her father's footsteps as she joined the entertainment industry. That's why she received some advice from him on how to navigate through it all. "Do not work for money. Do not work for fame. Work for the work. And if you get a great role and they offer you nothing, take it," he once told her reportedly. As for David, the father of two claimed that the only reason behind him connecting with Katie so well was because he didn't raise her. This fact apparently enabled him to give his daughter an unbiased outlook on life.
"Because I didn’t raise her, I didn’t have to parent her. I’m always here and totally nonjudgmental," David said. Things were seemingly falling into place as the two were getting along well. Their relationship, however, hit a rough patch after David developed dementia in 2015. The actor who once spoke quite highly and lovingly of his daughter barely said anything about her following his diagnosis. While speaking about his relationship with his kids, the actor revealed that his bond with Beau was quite good despite his personal struggles with alcoholism.
"He’s just one of the best people you’ll ever meet in your life and it’s that that I’m proud of. He knows that I’m just a little off. Sometimes he cocks his head at me a little bit and goes, 'Dad do you remember?' and I say, 'No, I know I do, I remember.' He’ll give me reminders once in a while. He just turned 26. He’s such a beautiful person," he said about his son per PEOPLE. But when he was asked about his relationship with his daughter Katie, the actor stated that they "never had" a bond. "I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her. She has a completely different life. She’s very talented. It’s hard for me to even accept how old she is now, like 30," he continued.
Although David did say he was "proud" of her at the time, it was revealed that the star did not leave anything for Katie out of his $150,000 assets after his death. This hinted that the two did not share a good father-daughter relationship after all. According to The Blast, David's will stated, "all references in this Trust to my ‘child or children’ are to Beau Devin Cassidy and such references shall not include Katie Evelyn Cassidy...It is my specific intent not to provide any benefits hereunder to Katherine Evelyn Cassidy and/or any descendant of Katherine Evelyn Cassidy."
It was speculated that the rift between them could have been caused due to the lack of bonding during Katie's childhood. That being said, his death brought Katie and the rest of the family together. "Obviously, it’s been a tough year, that’s a given. But if anything, I have to say, I always try and look for some sort of silver lining in situations like that — and I guess it’s nice that it really brought my family together," Katie said. "Even though the loss of my father was hard, it really brought my uncles, myself, and my brother back together. I think that’s the silver lining."