Farrah Fawcett - O'neal: 'Tatum Abandoned Me Over Farrah Romance'
Actor Ryan O'Neal refuses to accept his relationship with his daughter Tatum fell apart because he abandoned her to start a romance with Farrah Fawcett - because he feels she disowned her dad.
The once-estranged father and daughter have attempted to work through their problems for a new reality TV show, Ryan & Tatum: The O'Neals, which begins later this month (Jun11), but both still have opposing viewpoints on why their relationship went bad.
Tatum insists she felt abandoned when her dad went to live with Fawcett, while the movie veteran claims his daughter wanted nothing to do with him.
He says, "From Tatum's standpoint, I had lost interest in my family and I had found a new interest in my life, and that appalled her. So she fled.
"I never would have imagined, I just adored her, that she'd leave me."
And in an emotionally-charged interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, O'Neal admits he would have given up Fawcett if he knew that the romance would lead to a lengthy estrangement with his daughter.
Asked if he would have chosen Tatum over Farrah, the actor says, "That's not a fair question, that's a terrible question - but I would."
By the time he realised his daughter no longer wanted anything to do with him, it was too late: "I didn't know where she was, I wish I did."