“Ryan was desperate to mend fences with Tatum, even if it meant taking his lumps for being a lousy father,” a friend of the actor told the National Enquirer. “He told Tatum, 'I know I really screwed up.' No parent can be hated as much by his own family and not realize he did something wrong. But he insisted that with all his failings, his intentions were good.”
Tatum won an Oscar at age 10 when she starred with her dad in Paper Moon."
She later revealed in her 2005 autobiography that Ryan emotionally abused her as a child. The two reconciled years later at some point in the early 2010s.
The source told the outlet that the late actor was "desperate" to make amends with "his little girl." However, they also clarified, "Tatum doesn’t care if her dad goes to her grave without them making up — she’s at peace with not having him in her life."
The Love Story actor, who spent years battling leukemia and prostate cancer, still had civil relationships with Patrick O’Neal, his sportscaster son with second wife Leigh Taylor-Young, and Redmond, his son with lover Farrah Fawcett.
- Secrets & Scandals: This is What Shaped These Hollywood Heavyweights
- Slammed By The Stars: Kim Cattrall, George Clooney, More Spill The Tea On Toxic Work Environments, Horrible Costars, Terrible Projects
- Meg Ryan Looks Unrecognizable as She Comes Out of Hiding to Support Pal Michael J. Fox at NYC Event
As OK! previously reported, Patrick announced that the 82-year-old actor died on Friday, December 8, surrounded by friends and family.
Never miss a story — sign up for the OK! newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what OK! has to offer. It’s gossip too good to wait for!
Ryan's career spanned over several decades, during which he delivered stellar performances that captivated audiences worldwide.
Films including Love Story, What's Up, Doc and Paper Moon showcased his undeniable talent and helped solidify his place in Hollywood history. He also appeared in Stanley Kubrick's 1975 historical drama Barry Lyndon, further establishing his versatility as an actor.
Patrick's heartfelt message on Instagram read, "Ryan was a very generous man who has always been there to help his loved ones for decade upon decade. Those same people are heartbroken today and will be for a long time."