David Cassidy has filed for bankruptcy.

The 64-year-old singer has begun proceedings by filing papers in Florida which show he has assets worth £6.5 million, but almost an equal amount in debt.

In a statement, he said: ''I am going through bankruptcy proceedings.''

Although the former The Partridge Family star has sold over 30 million records worldwide, he explained the process is ''necessary'' following a split from his third wife of 22 years, Sue Shifrin, and their subsequent divorce which is still ongoing.

He continued: ''This is necessary for practical reasons to reorganise my life as I go through divorce and to restructure my finances.''

The news comes just a year after the 'How Can I Be Sure' hitmaker was forced to enter rehab after committing a string of drink driving offences, shortly before the breakdown of his marriage.

In papers filed by the musician - who is the father of 'Gossip Girl' actress Katie Cassidy - the breakdown of the money he owes indicates he has £190,000 worth of debts on his property, £85,000 in legal and medical fees, while also owing £25,000 on credit cards.