O’Donnell, who met Hoffman in 1999 and spent 14 years with him before separating just before his death, opened up to Vogue about her relationship with Hoffman, the father of her three children, and how they all have managed since he died of an overdose on Feb. 2, 2014.
“The first tangible sign came when, out of nowhere, Phil said to me, ‘I’ve been thinking I want to try to have a drink again. What do you think?’ I thought it was a terrible idea, and I said so. Sobriety had been the center of Phil’s life for over 20 years, so this was definitely a red flag,” O’Donnell recalled the magazine.
Around the time Hoffman made these comments, he got a hold of a prescription opioid and for a while he stayed away from the drugs while rehearsing for Mike Nichol’s production of “Death of a Salesman,” according to O’Donnell