Chris Daughtry says he feels guilty about the death of his stepdaughter and mother

Chris Daughtry open to Kelly Clarkson about the heartbreaking guilt he feels over the fact that his mother died of cancer and his stepdaughter committed suicide last year, a week apart.

Daughtry told his American Idol fellow in a candid admission on Thursday’s Clarkson talk show that he “handled both losses in very different ways” but found that “the common denominator in both cases is guilt.”

Guilt over things like “Wish I could say this, wish I could do this, wish I could call more,” the singer explained, adding that those “guilty moments” are “the heaviest.” because there’s nothing you can do about it.”

“There will always be reminders of what you could have done,” Daughtry said. “And I often beat myself up about it.”

Daughtry and his wife Dina Daughtry have twins Adalinn Rose and Noah James, and two children from Dina’s previous marriage: Griffin Price and Hannah Price, who died in November at the age of 25.

Dina shared the news of Hannah’s death in a heartbreaking post on Instagramdedicated to her firstborn.

“I love you endlessly Hannah,” she wrote along with photos of her daughter. “Our family would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love as we mourn the loss of our daughter Hannah. …Our hearts are broken.”

The couple later released a joint statement saying that Hannah had committed suicide and had struggled with mental health all her life.

Dinah and Chris Daughtry sit down during a Trevor Project event in November.  December 17, 2019 in Los Angeles.
Dinah and Chris Daughtry sit down during a Trevor Project event in November. December 17, 2019 in Los Angeles.

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“As Hannah got older, she struggled to find her footing, started using drugs and often found herself in abusive relationships.” – Couple told People magazine in January.

“Just a few months after her biological father committed suicide, Hannah became the victim of a crime and was shot in the face,” they added. “We have done everything we can to support her and give her the help she needs to recover from these tragedies and get her life back on track. More recently, Hannah and I had plans for further treatment and moving closer to the family.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255. National Suicide Rescue Line. You can also text HOME free of charge to 741-741, 24/7 support from Crisis text line. Outside the US please visit International Association for Suicide Prevention for database resources.