US singer David Cassidy put This Morning presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford through their paces during what has been described as a "car-crash" interview. The 1970s star grew increasingly frustrated when asked about his recent filing for bankruptcy and divorce.
Appearing via video link from his home in Florida, which has been put up for auction for $1.8m (£1.17m), Cassidy, 65, was probed about the tribulations in his personal life including the state of his finances. When Holmes quizzed the Daydreamer singer about the bankruptcy, Cassidy hit back: "I'm sorry I don't know why you're asking me about my debts. I'm not going to discuss [this]. Are you here to rubbish me? Is that the purpose of your interview with me?"
In attempts to appease him, Holmes mentioned the support of the singer's fans but Cassidy appeared to be confused before replying: "It's a difficult journey when you're going through a divorce." Langsford then tried to interrupt his train of thought but he became even more infuriated, repeatedly shouting: "Wait!"
At one point, the conversation appeared to be back on an even keel but when Langsford asked if the Partridge Family star had plans to tour the UK, he replied: "Probably not. The problem is there is a 20% foreign entertainer's tax and with everything else it costs to go there... No, I don't think so. I'd love to but I ended up making $636 the last time I went there so it didn't make a lot of sense."
Watch David Cassidy's interview with This Morning:
Despite the incredibly uncomfortable exchange, the pop star insisted he still has a lot of love for his fans in the UK, adding: "My fans there have been incredible and I love them. They've been sensational."
Ending the interview, Holmes sarcastically asked the singer to describe his current mood using his song titles such as Daydreamer, How Can I Be Sure and Could It Be Forever? Showing no hard feelings, the singer laughed: "If you're not a daydreamer you haven't got any imagination," before giving two thumbs up.
Following the interview, Langsford expressed her surprise to see her "idol" going through a difficult period, tweeting: "Well that was an experience! Very sad to see #David Cassidy on @itvthismorning seemingly so broken. They say never meet your idols."
Holmes added: "After #ThisMorning interview with us , if #DavidCassidy isn't in #CBB next year they r missing out on his delusion & rudeness! Perfect combo. Just when I thought my #DavidBlaine i/view could never be topped along comes another David to steal the Crown – #DavidCassidy #ThisMorning."
Reaction from viewers on Twitter has ranged from some mocking the interview while others have expressed their concerns for Cassidy's state of mind.
Cassidy purchased his sprawling Fort Lauderdale waterfront mansion for $1.1m in 2001 but he has been forced to list it under auction after declaring himself bankrupt. The former child star is also divorcing his wife Sue Cassidy after 23 years of marriage.