Goldie Haven welcomed her children Kate and Oliver Hudson with her then-husband Bill Hudson. Hawn and Hudson split in 1982, a year before Hawn started a relationship with Russell.
Kurt Russell welcomed his son Boston Russell with his then wife, Season Hubley. After Havn and Russell met and started dating, they had a child of their own. Hawn and Russell reunited their families and welcomed their son, Wyatt Russell, in 1986.
Ever since Hawn and Russell started dating, the couple’s children have cuddled up to each other and the family has blended in almost effortlessly. Russell became the father Oliver and Kate needed in their lives.
Although accepting another family when the children are young can be a challenge, Kate recalled realizing that Russell would be in her life forever. She shared:
“For me at the time, it was like, ‘Is this going to be my dad?’ And I met his son, which means, ‘Does that mean this is my brother?’ It was a lot to handle at such a young age.”
However, when Havn came to terms with the realization, she adored her stepfather. He became an important figure in her and Oliver’s life after they lost contact with their biological father.
Kurt Russell – “quite strict” but “devoted” father.
Russell acted as a father figure at a pivotal time in Oliver and Kate’s lives, and Kate remembers how he influenced their upbringing. She once said that Hawn was easygoing as a parent, but Russell was “very strict.”
The actress then revealed that she adopted the same approach to parenting her three children, Ryder, 18, Bingham, 10, and Rani, 3. She joked that she was “definitely tougher than Oliver Hudson”.
Russell’s strict nature was accompanied by the punishment that Oliver had to face at the age of 16. Oliver got into trouble as a teenager and was arrested for it. He shared his experience on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”
Oliver recalled how the police asked him who his father was when he was arrested so they could call him. When he told them that his father was Kurt Russell, the officers were in disbelief. He shared:
“They started fighting over who was going to call. It was crazy.”
The show’s co-host, Kelly Ripa, asked if Russell understood the situation as well as she thought she could. Oliver confirmed that Russell was indeed understanding, but he did not hesitate to punish him.
Oliver said that Russell understood that 16-year-olds do stupid things, as Russell did when he was that age, but “he was not a happy father, let’s put it that way.” After Russell picked Oliver up from the police station, he told him the punishment.
Russell told Oliver that he had to take the paintball gun he was arrested with and shoot his car with it. Oliver recalled:
“My punishment was to shoot my Honda Prelude with a blue leather interior. I had to shoot my car, scratch it and drive it for the rest of my life.”
While Russell was a strict father, he had a good relationship with all his children and Kate often expressed her love for her stepfather on social media. In June 2022, she took to Instagram to post a Father’s Day tribute to Russell.
In the post, Kate and Russell can be seen hugging each other as Russell rests his hand on Kate’s head. The love Russell and Kate show each other extends to Kate’s children. Kate considers her daughter and treats her children as her biological grandchildren.
Sources close to the family said Russell enjoyed watching Kate become a mother and enjoys spending time with her children when she is busy or has to travel for work. It allows them to do all the things they can’t do at home.
After giving him some invaluable advice, Russell does the same with Oliver’s children. When Oliver was still young and deciding what to do with his life, he thought it was “a foregone conclusion” that he would stop acting.
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However, he said Hon and Russell never forced him to do anything, but gave him advice that he followed. Oliver said:
“Their advice is, honestly, do what you love. If you don’t love it, don’t do it.”
Kate and Oliver’s biological father mourns them
Although Kate and Oliver have a great relationship with their stepfather, their relationship with their biological father is non-existent. Their relationship with Bill Hudson ended when they were very young.
Hudson believes Hon turned his children against him when they were young. He noted that after they divorced, she did not speak ill of him to their children. However, he then said:
“But when Kurt came on the scene, the narrative changed and I became the big, bad wolf. I was telling her, ‘Goldie, why are you using me and telling me I’m an absentee father, when I’m just not?””’
After Father’s Day 2015, Hudson made these claims. The claims came after Oliver took to Instagram to share a photo of himself and his sister standing with their dad, which he captioned “Happy Abandonment Day…”.
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That same year, Kate shared a photo of herself and Russell, thanking him for being a father in her life. Hudson then announced that he no longer considered Kate and Oliver his children.
Hudson believed that Hawn wanted to create the perfect Hollywood story with Russell and painted him as the villain. Now he acts like he’s the father of three instead of five.