In the September/October issue of GQ Australia, Scott Eastwood spoke candidly about the death of his ex-girlfriend Jewel Brangman, but admitted he was not able to bring himself to call her father after her passing.
Eastwood said he hadn’t “found the right words", but earlier this week, he found the courage to speak to Jewel’s father Alexander Brangman — two years after her tragic death in what was otherwise a minor fender bender.
Brangman opened up about their emotional phone call, telling People magazine, "He said, 'I didn't reach out because I didn't know what to say.' He was very apologetic."
The single father and law professor also revealed how he felt about Eastwood’s silence at the time of Jewel’s death. He commented, "Quite frankly, I was hurt by it. I was disappointed he didn't come to her celebration of life. Many people were actually disappointed. Many of her friends flew across the country to pay their respects and condolences. There wasn't even a flower sent.”
He went on, "I was angry — but everybody grieves differently. You know, he's a kid, too. I didn't know what his grieving process is – I'd like to get to know more of what he went through. Because that's a difficult thing. Maybe he didn't know how to grieve, and in some ways, I could have helped him. Or could still help him.”
Over the phone, Brangman and Eastwood, 30, agreed to meet up, but only time will tell if it actually happens. He explained, "If we do get together, that could be something interesting. If he wants to confide in me the struggles he's been going through in regards to their relationship and her passing, I'll be more than glad to counsel him.”
Scott and Jewel, who met at a San Diego restaurant, broke up six to eight months before her death. As for the reason for the split, Brangman shared, "You know how young love can be.”
Brangman is now working in Washington to make people aware of the dangerous repercussions of defective airbags, which led to Jewel’s death. If Scott wanted to help, Brangman would welcome the idea. The 61-year-old said, "If he wanted to reach out and have a conversation with me where he can possibly be a help in being a voice to help save lives, that would be wonderful."