“How could you be so selfish?” Bridges asked Shannon Price in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com. The 45-year-old, who played older brother Willis to Coleman’s Arnold on the hit television series, told RadarOnline.com’s Alexis Tereszcuk that he was questioning the motivations of his friend’s on-again, off-again partner Price, 24, to cash in on the late actor.
“I would never be that mad at somebody to ever do something so dreadful and horrible to them,” Bridges said. However, Bridges said he did not buy Price’s explanation that she took the photos, but never intended to release them.
“It sounds a little hokey to me,” he said. “That’s insane, I couldn’t even imagine doing that. Poor Gary has no idea what’s going on in his life, he has no idea that this is happening to him because he’s not here to fight back.
He also did another interview saying:
It’s sad that I’m the last kid alive from the show,” Todd Bridges told the Associated Press about the death of his former Diff’rent Strokes costar Gary Coleman.
Now, Bridges, 45, is opening up to Entertainment Tonight about the loss of his friend, who died on May 28 at the age of 42 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
“We always had fun in our dressing rooms, we’d always roller skate together around (the studio lot), we always hung out … we went to school together. He was a precocious, fun little kid that was very bright for his age.”
“(A friend of mine and I) have paperwork, and we’ll bring it out soon, that will show what his wishes were and what he wanted,” he explains, “There’s a big fight going on with his parents and some other people involved, and after we bring this paperwork out, everybody’s going to shut up.”
“Gary had certain wishes (about his parents),” he said. “I’m not going to go against a dying man’s wishes. There’s a reason why he didn’t speak to them for 23 years.”
(“Physically, he wasn’t in great shape,” Bridges explained. “He had a valve replaced, and people didn’t know that.”) — saw his former costar’s life as more tragic than joyous.
“Imagine having major health problems. Imagine getting ripped off of all your money. Imagine being raised in a household where he wasn’t taught how to love himself or to love others around him,” Bridges told Entertainment Tonight. “So when he hit the world at an adult age, he wasn’t prepared.”