Bach: Hasselhoff Has Been Battling Alcohol Addiction For Years
Former BAYWATCH star DAVID HASSELHOFF has been an alcoholic for most of his adult life, according to his ex-wife PAMELA BACH.
Hasselhoffs battle with the bottle was exposed last year (07) when home video footage of the star in a drunken state leaked onto the internet. The video featured a topless Hasselhoff rolling around on the floor.
But the actress, who was married to Hasselhoff for 16 years before their divorce in 2006, claims his behaviour in the film came as no surprise to her - because she had been putting up with it for as long as they were married.
Bach alleges that she was often left to cover up for her famous spouse and hold the family together so that his career would not suffer.
In a candid interview with Britains The Mail on Sunday newspaper, Bach says, David is a falling-down drunk and I covered up for him for years. Alcoholism destroys you whether you are a regular Joe or the biggest star on the planet.
I never really noticed when we were dating. But when we were married, it was clear David was drinking a lot. He couldn't hide it. He is fundamentally unhappy even though theres no real reason for his unhappiness.
Everybody thought he was the golden star in the swimming trunks on the beach with (Baywatch co-star) Pamela Anderson, but the drink was taking over his life. To me, he was the man who fell over on the bedroom floor.
And Bach admits it became increasingly difficult to handle Hasselhoff when he was intoxicated, but put up with his drinking because she was so in love with him.
She adds, Did I know he had a drinking problem? Yes, probably. But I protected him and our children because that was my job. He provided for us and I saw my role as making his life as easy as possible. I know he loved me.
Had news leaked out, it would have destroyed the image he created for himself and the image I created for my friends and family. We were both living a lie but the biggest tragedy was that David loved the bottle more than me.