David Hasselhoff’s first wife, trained hypnotist Catherine Hickland, has offered to use her skills to help him beat alcoholism, RadarOnline.com can reveal.
Sadly, as RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, the 57-year-old former Baywatch star checked himself into a Los Angeles area hospital Sunday after yet another drinking binge.
It’s understood that the star’s 17-year-old daughter Hayley drove him to hospital and now Hickland, who was married to Hasselhoff for five years, has offered-up her unique skills to help him kick the bottle once and for all.
The former actress told RadarOnline.com: “David and I were married a long time ago but I have nothing bad to say about him because he’s a great guy.
“If these stories are true about him having a drinking problem then I’m very sad because alcoholism waits for nobody and it’s a very crippling disease.
“I am certified as a clinical hypnotherapist now and started my own practice in 2008 and have worked with people who have had drink and drug addictions in the past.
“I’m here if David wants to reach-out to me for some help and I hope and pray that he gets better and has a good support system around him.
“We last spoke at a Knight Rider convention in Las Vegas several years ago and he showed me photographs of his daughters. David is very proud of those girls and he lives for them – they are his pride and joy.
“Hopefully, he can get better and if I can help in any way then I would because David Hasselhoff is a good person.”
Hasselhoff and Hickland were married from 1984 to 1989 and their wedding was even recreated in a 1986 episode of Knight Rider in which they both starred.
She also appeared in All My Children where she met her second husband Michael E. Knight. After she divorced Knight she set up a successful cosmetics company, Cat Cosmetics, before training as a hypnotherapist and relocating to Las Vegas.
The former America’s Got Talent host has battled a severe alcohol problem for years and been hospitalized more than five times for binge drinking-related problems within the past five years, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Hasselhoff had been drinking alcohol for three days before being hospitalized Sunday, the source told RadarOnline.com.
The star has continued to deny his drinking problem. “I’m sure he’ll try to deny it this time, too,” the source told RadarOnline.com. “And that’s sad, because it’s his daughter who is suffering when she has to take care of him after a bender.”
Hasselhoff’s ex-wife Pamela Bach recently spent time in jail for a DUI. It was her second DUI and she was found to have violated her probation.
“It’s a tough situation for that family,” the source said. “The parents have problems and don’t get along. There’s a lot of denial going on and the kids are suffering because of it.”
Hasselhoff’s booze benders have become legendary — and an open secret in Hollywood despite lawyers and publicists regularly covering up for him.
RadarOnline.com reported exclusively that he was hospitalized twice last year after drinking binges.
And London newspapers reported he was hospitalized in England for two days after another drinking spree, following Simon Cowell‘s 50th birthday party.