(LOS ANGELES) — Speaking to GQ Australia, Suicide Squad actor Scott Eastwood revealed a personal tragedy — one which he believes has affected his attitude towards relationships.
When asked about the last time he cried, the actor, 30, said, “I dated a girl a couple of years ago who died in a car accident.”
He described the horrific details of the accident, calling it “f***ed up.”
“There was a recall on airbags,” he said of his former girlfriend’s car. “Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body. It split her spine, and…I’ve never told anybody that.”
He didn’t name the woman, but People magazine has identified her 26-year-old Jewel Brangman, and noted her 2014 death prompted her father to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, the rental company that owned the 2001 vehicle, and Takata, the airbag manufacturer behind the massive recall.
Eastwood says the loss still haunts him.
“I’ve lost friends before; I’ve lost some great friends. But, I had never lost someone I had been really intimate with, you know, like in that way, in a relationship,” he explained. “I think that really affected me in a way that…I don’t know. Maybe it’s made it harder for me to date.”
Eastwood admitted that he’s never called the woman’s father, even after all this time, because, “I still haven’t found the right words.”
Eastwood also spoke about his iconic father, Clint Eastwood, and his no-nonsense style of parenting. After leaving his younger sister at a party when he was just a teen, he said his father punched him for not looking after her.
“He popped me and said, ‘You don’t ever leave your sister at a party. EVER.’ And it was very old-school, very old-school of him. He wasn’t afraid. None of this new-age bulls**t where you can’t even smack the kid because everyone’s afraid of being judged or whatever,” he said. “I learned quickly.”
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