Carol Burnett has grown close to her 14-year-old grandson Dylan Hamilton. But behind their bond lies a sad truth.
"They adore each other. They are kindred souls. He has Carol's sense of humor. He's a lovely young man."
Veteran actress and comedian Carol Burnett during her 2019 visit to SiriusXM Studios in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
Based on the court documents, Carol and husband Brian Miller's daughter Erin was found "unstable" and "unpredictable" at home. Erin allegedly struggled with substance abuse.
The "Annie" star also noted that Erin would express suicidal thoughts in front of Dylan while the latter's father, allegedly also struggling with addiction, could not provide financial support.
Erin is Brunett's second daughter with ex-husband Joe Hamilton. She also has two other daughters, Jodie and Carrie Hamilton.
Gifted with a fantastic voice, Erin was famous for her 1998 cover song titled "Dream Weaver," originally sung by Gary Wright in 1975.
However, Erin's popularity spiraled down because of drug addiction issues. Court documents stated that she has been going in and out of rehabilitation centers for 19 years.
Because of drug addiction, Burnett lost Carrie, her youngest daughter.
Erin's condition prompted Burnett to file temporary guardianship in court on August 20. She petitioned the request a few days before Dylan's 14th birthday.
The comedian actress's filing of guardianship will allow her and Miller to oversee her grandson's health, education, and welfare.
WIth her daughter's state, the "A Little Help with Carol Burnette" star has been looking forward to Erin's recovery so that she can bond again with her son soon.
As she continues to deal with her daughter's heartbreaking vices, Burnet revealed that her parents were alcoholics in the past.
She said in an interview that it was her grandmother who raised her, similar to Dylan's situation. She recalled that her parents would display mean and rude behavior when drunk.
While she can't change the past, Burnett vows to give Dylan a better life and broaden his interests in a secure and loving environment under her care.
Because of drug addiction, Burnett lost Carrie, her youngest daughter. Like Erin, Carrie had also struggled with substance abuse in her teenage years.
She somehow recovered from addiction afterward, but in 2002, Carrie passed away from pneumonia after being diagnosed with lung and brain cancer.