"Kurt is my dad," Kate Hudson said. "Kurt is a savior who came into my life."
Whenever someone talks about enduring couples in Hollywood, the first thing that comes to mind is the love shared by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Together for about 37 years now, the iconic couple is possibly shares one of the longest relationships in the spotlight.
Though they never tied the knot, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have raised a beautiful family together, accepting each other's children from previous relationships like their own, and setting a great example for making relationships work despite all the fame and attention.
Kate and Oliver Hudson, who are Goldie Hawn's children with ex-husband Bill Hudson, shared some fond memories of growing up with Kurt Russell in their lives. Whenever their biological father wasn't around, Kate and Oliver Hudson never felt the absence of a paternal figure in their lives because Kurt Russell made sure they felt loved and protected.
It seemed as though his fatherly instincts kicked in right from the very beginning when Russell first laid eyes on Hawn's two children. Kate and Oliver revealed the moment that made their mother fall in love with Kurt Russell, on their podcast Sibling Revelry.
On their podcast, they first touched upon how Hawn and Russell started dating during their time on the set of Swing Shift in 1983 before Oliver said "there's a really beautiful story ... about when Pa and Ma went on their first date and saw us sleeping," as quoted by USA Today.
"It was the first time she brought him home to the house, it wasn't the first date," Kate corrected her brother.
She was just 3 years old at the time while her brother was about 6. "Mom said that's when she fell in love with Kurt, right away was because she brought him back to the house, and we had already been asleep, and we shared a room," Kate recounted. "And we were sleeping, and Mom said he walked in and he saw us and she unexpectedly was just going to peek in and see them, but he sat down next to each of us. He sat down next to you first and watched you sleep and then came by."
Kate joked about Russell watching her sleep longer than he watched Oliver, and said it was because she was "younger and probably cuter."
But as siblings do, Oliver retorted saying it was probably because Russell was trying to "get in Mom's pants, so there's that aspect, so let's go to the daughter a little longer because the mother-daughter relationship."
Nevertheless, the siblings revealed that Russell stayed by their bed for a long time. Kate added, "I loved that story ‘cause she realized then, as Mom says, that values and kids and family values was everything to Kurt."
Hawn, too, previously spoke about how she used to love seeing Russell with her kids and it was one of the reasons that made her fall for him. "What really got me was when I watched my kids when they’d come to the set and how he was with them. He was amazing with them. He was such a natural," Hawn told People.
As the years passed in their relationship, Hawn and Russell remained happily unmarried by each other's side, and his role in her children's lives also grew. Kate even spoke about how Russell was there when her biological father wasn't.
According to ABC News, she said in an interview with Vanity Fair that Bill Hudson "doesn't know me from a hole in the wall. But I don't care. I have a dad [Kurt Russell]. The bottom line is, you call your kids on their f--king birthday. I'm glad I had a dad who was there on my birthday."
In 2015, there was also an incident where Oliver posted a picture on Instagram of them with their father and wrote, "Happy abandonment day."
The post infuriated Bill Hudson who then went on to cut all ties with them. "I say to them now, 'I set you free,'" Bill Hudson declared in his interview with the Daily Mail. "I had five birth children but I now consider myself a father of three. I no longer recognise Oliver and Kate as my own."
Although Kate and Oliver never had the most ideal relationship with their biological father, they never missed out on the experiences of having one with someone who showed them what a relationship with a father should be like. In an interview with McCall's magazine, Kate admitted that Bill Hudson "was sort of in and out of our lives. I don't hate him for it." However, there was still a man that she and her brother could always call "dad."
"Kurt is my dad," Kate said. "Kurt is a savior who came into my life."