Chris Daughtry opens up after his daughter’s death: ‘I tend to beat myself up’

Chris Daughtry has opened up about his healing process following the deaths of his stepdaughter and mother, who passed away within days of each other late last year.

The former American Idol star says that he has “moments of guilt” for which he beats himself up over, he told Kelly Clarkson on her talk show this week.

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His 25-year-old daughter Hannah died in November 2021, exactly a week after the singer’s mother lost her battle to cancer.

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“I dealt with both differently, processed both losses very differently—the common denominator in both is the guilt,” the 42-year-old said during the interview. “[Thinking], ‘I wish I would have said this. I wish I would’ve done this. I wish I would’ve called more.'”

The singer continued: “Those moments of the guilt is the hardest because you can’t do anything about it. There’s always going to be reminders of what you could’ve done or whatever, and I tend to beat myself up a lot over it.”

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The Daughtrys revealed in January that Hannah died by suicide.

At the time, Daughtry cancelled his tour to rush home to his family. “We never got to say goodbye to our precious Hannah and it’s another huge hit to our family,” he shared on Instagram at the time.

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In the weeks following Hannah’s death, her mother Deanna Daughtry — who has been married to the rocker since 2000 — was forced to hit back at claims that the death was a homicide.

“I lost my child and I’m having to now also deal with rumours and assumptions about her,” she wrote on social media. “The people who loved her are in pain and we are mourning they are not talking to the press, they are not spreading rumours and they sure as hell are not making this about themselves. So everyone please just stop!”

Chris shot to stardom when he placed fourth on the fifth season of American Idol. He released his first album in November of 2006, and has since received four Grammy nominations.

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