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Eric Clapton has reconciled with his daughter Ruth after six-year feud that was sparked by a Kermit the Frog costume.
The Layla hitmaker reportedly cut ties with Ruth, who he shares with Yvonne Kelly, when he discovered she had been sharing details of his private life on Twitter.
Back in 2015, budding musician Ruth told her followers her father had worn a Kermit the Frog costume to his 70th birthday bash, and had shared images from the inside of the luxury home he shares with second wife Melia.
The posts sparked a furious row between the two, with the veteran rocker demanding she stop sharing his personal life on social media.
Ruth then decided to cut her father out of her life, and in a since-deleted post on Twitter, she asked people to stop tagging her in tweets relating to the rocker “because we no longer have a relationship”.
Eric Clapton and his daughter Ruth didn't speak for six years after she shared details of his 70th birthday celebrations
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Now, it seems that the father-daughter duo have made amends, and after six years, they’ve healed their bitter rift.
The emotional reunion comes after Ruth went public with the news that she had split from husband Dean Bartlett – with whom she shares two children – and she revealed that Eric had been helping her with the heartache.
“I’ve gone through a really rough time,” she told the Daily Mail, and she praised her family for their unwavering support.
Ruth said the multi-millionaire rocker was “doing really good” amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and said was regularly in contact with the Wonderful Tonight singer, who had performed at her wedding to Dean in 2011.
Eric had worn a Kermit costume to his 70th
“I’m always checking in with him. He’s doing really good, I’m very grateful for that. He’s itching to get back out there like all musicians,” she added.
Ruth and her father have long had a complicated relationship, and her identity was only revealed after the tragic death of Eric’s son Conor in 1991.
The four-year-old, who the rocker shared with Italian model and actress Lory Del Santo, had fallen to his death from the 53rd floor of a New York apartment building.
Ruth attended Conor’s funeral, and her mother Yvonne – who had an affair with Eric while he was married to Pattie Boyd – reached out to the rocker and invited him to be more involved in his daughter’s life.
Eric and Ruth had no relationship for years
(Image: Press Association)
He credited Ruth for helping him overcome his heartbreaking grief over Conor’s death, and in his 2007 autobiography, he said she made him feel “valid, unique and strong”.
“Yvonne knew that it would help and it was true. I was able to hold a child again, and to be held by a child. Ruth has been a tremendous support. I had no idea how much power a child could have on an adult life,” he shared.