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William Shatner says he 'doesn't have a friend left' and will 'die alone'

William Shatner says he 'doesn't have a friend left' and will 'die alone'

Star Trek actor William Shatner has insisted he has no true friends as he reflects on life in a new interview

William Shatner made a heartbreaking admission as he reflected on his life and career in a new interview.

For many fans, Shatner is the embodiment of Star Trek. The actor starred as Captain James T Kirk in the original 60s TV series and seven Star Trek movies, so he has been around for quite a while.

He has had a wealth of success and still interacts with the active Star Trek community, much to the delight of fans.

However, in a recent interview the star made a shocking claim.

The 93 year-old actor spoke to SFX magazine in the latest edition and said he doesn’t have a ‘real friend’.

The actor got very philosophical as he questioned his relationships and even went as far to say he is likely going to die alone.

The actor got very philosophical as he questioned his relationship and even went as far to say he is likely going to die alone.(Amanda Edwards/Getty Images))
The actor got very philosophical as he questioned his relationship and even went as far to say he is likely going to die alone.(Amanda Edwards/Getty Images))

He said: "I've come to the conclusion that everybody is lonely. When you get older you think 'My God... all those people I knew that I thought were friends are dead'.

"I'm alone – I'm going to die alone."

However, the star went on to say that most people ignore this point and he added that it was ‘so scary’ people didn’t address it more readily.

He continued: "You ignore it, you fill it [life] with wine, women or song."

"I think of all the meals I ate alone, and theatre companies when I was alone, I drink an odd beer, but the [other] actors would get drunk and be in a haze the next day.

“I didn’t do that – I was not with the drinking crowd, but I’d wonder 'what are they doing? They’re drinking and laughing', but I wasn’t ready to drop that mask of 'I don’t care'.

"If that’s what friendship is, I don’t want to do that – it’s a waste of my time."

This isn’t the first time the actor has reflected on his own mortality.

This isn’t the first time the actor has reflected on his own mortality. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)
This isn’t the first time the actor has reflected on his own mortality. (John Lamparski/Getty Images)

In 2023 Shatner released the documentary You Can Call Me Bill that took a deep dive into his life and career. Speaking to Variety about the documentary, he admitted that he was aware that he didn’t have long left to live.

He said: “I’ve turned down a lot of offers to do documentaries before. But I don’t have long to live. Whether I keel over as I’m speaking to you or 10 years from now, my time is limited, so that’s very much a factor. I’ve got grandchildren. This documentary is a way of reaching out after I die.

“[Death] is abrupt. My wife’s brother walked out of the living room and into the bedroom. There was a thud. His wife walked in, and he was dead. Death comes anew to all of us.”

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Topics: Celebrity