David Hasselhoff was married for 17 years before filing for divorce from his ex-wife. He asked for full custody of their daughters during the divorce battle, and the court granted his request despite his alcoholic history.
An excited David Hasselhoff walked out of the court while his silent ex-wife, who the court granted visitation rights, cried in the courtroom hallway.
His daughters grew up to follow in his footsteps while exploring other aspects of the entertainment industry. Here's all that happened during the divorce case and more.
Born on July 17, 1952, David Michael Hasselhoff became popularly known for his roles as Michael Knight in the 1982 "Knight Rider" and Mitch Buchannon in the 1989 "Baywatch."
Growing up, he was a shy child interested in acting, singing, and dancing. At 21, he became a regular on "The Young and The Restless."
He is also a musician who released his album "Looking For Freedom" in June 1989. Off the album, his single of the same name became a No. 1 hit in Germany.
In 2000, he made his Broadway debut in "Jekyll and Hyde" and has appeared in several theatrical productions before becoming a judge on "America's Got Talent." In 2010, he went into reality television with his daughters on "The Hasselhoffs."
BITTER DIVORCE WITH EX-WIFE PAMELA BACH
Hasselhoff and his estranged wife Pamela Bach tied the knot in 1989. The couple had been married for 17 years with two daughters before Hasselhoff filed for divorce in 2006.
His lawyers made a 66-page filing that accused Bach of testing positive for cocaine and claimed that she was intoxicated at their older daughter's sweet-16 party that same year.
In Bach's documents, she accused Hasselhoff of infidelity, alcohol, drug, and physical abuse during their marriage. In their filing, the judge ordered that they would remove information about how the couple was raising their children.
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Bach during 2002 Miramax Post Golden Globe Party in Beverly Hills | Photo: Getty Images
However, they mistakenly released the filings to the public. While Hasselhoff's lawyers felt it was a mistake, Bach's lawyer said it was an intentional attempt to ruin Bach's reputation and character.
Even though it was a challenging year for Hasselhoff while promoting the second season of "America's Got Talent," he said despite all that painful stuff, his career blossomed. At the time, the couple shared joint custody of their daughters.
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Back during "Doubt" Opening Night on Broadway in New York | Photo: Getty Images
Two years later, the couple resolved their post-divorce issues and worked out a custody agreement behind closed doors. Hasselhoff said,
"I'm pleased that everything has been resolved and I'm proud of my daughters who have remained strong and have exhibited dignity during this very difficult time. We are all moving on."
The couple had made multiple appearances in court over the custody of their children. However, they resolved the case and reached a financial agreement.
David Hasselhoff and Pamela Back at the 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" Premiere in New York | Photo: Getty Images
HASSELHOFF GRANTED FULL CUSTODY OF DAUGHTERS
Despite his alcoholic history, the court's ruling granted Hasselhoff primary custody of his two daughters. The Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas ruled that Bach could visit the girls on alternate weekends and Wednesday nights for dinner.
Hasselhoff's lawyer revealed that if the girls were comfortable with seeing more of their mother, Hasselhoff would let them do that as often as they wanted to.
After the court session, Hasselhoff told reporters that it was "a beautiful day to go to the beach." While he celebrated his win, Bach did not comment but cried in the courthouse hallway.
Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff, Hayley Hasselhoff, Pamela Bach, and David Hasselhoff at the "Spy Kids" Los Angeles Premiere in 2001 | Photo: Getty Images
WHERE ARE HIS DAUGHTERS NOW
Hasselhoff's daughters, Taylor Ann and Hayley, have followed their father's footsteps in the entertainment industry. In 2010, they starred opposite him in the A&E reality series "The Hasselhoffs."
His first daughter, Taylor Ann, was born on May 5, 1990. She started acting as a young girl when she starred beside her father in "Baywatch."
Taylor Ann has also starred in "Rich Kids of Beverly Hills," "Sunken City," "Sharknado 4," "The Young in the Restless," and "More than Puppy Love."
After helping her mom lease a home, she also went into real estate and worked with Aaron Kirman and his team, selling multi-million dollar luxury properties. She has starred in the CNBC series "Listing Impossible" with the group.
Hasselhoff's second daughter Hayley is also an actress and a plus-sized model. She has starred in "Huge," "Why Women Kill," and "Curvy Girls: Stripped Bare."
She has focused more on modeling as she began modeling at 14. In 2021, she became the first plus-sized model to pose nude for Playboy magazine.
She also hosts the podcast "Redefine You With Hayley Hasselhoff," where she talks about the personal well-being and acceptance of people in the entertainment business.
Hasselhoff is proud of his daughter's endeavors. When Taylor Ann went to film "Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules," he was worried about her.
He wanted to know what was happening, but when he learned that she was alright, he made sure she knew that he was proud of her and thought it was an incredible opportunity.
Hasselhoff had some parenting tips on fatherhood, including lying and being honest. He wants single parents to let their kids know that there are consequences for every action.
AFTERMATH OF HIS LONG BATTLES
During the divorce process against Bach, Hasselhoff revealed that he could no longer support her because he had less than 4,000 dollars in cash to his name.
At the time, Bach was receiving 21,000 dollars per month in spousal support. Hasselhoff wanted the amount significantly lowered.
They reached an agreement to reduce the amount Bach would receive to 10,000 dollars per month. Despite the reduction, Hasselhoff wanted the judge to cancel the payments.
He informed the judge that he had paid Bach 3 million dollars in alimony and wanted her to get a job. The judge further reduced Bach's support from 10,000 dollars to 5,000 dollars a month.
Hasselhoff's marriage to Bach was his second marriage as he was first married to actress Catherine Hickland in the 1980s before they divorced.
After his divorce from Bach, he started dating model Hayley Roberts. They announced their engagement in May 2016 and were married on July 31, 2018, in Italy.
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