A proud single parent of two sons, James and Henry, Irish actor Colin Farrell is committed to being a supportive father for his children. Not only is he fiercely protective of his sons but he also believes that they are the most significant parts of his life. The Tigerland actor is a Hollywood heartthrob and has a massive fan following but he says that he has made peace with his singlehood because he is devoted to his children.
In an old interview with Hello Magazine, Farrell revealed that he does feel lonely but it’s his children who fill his life up, “It’s not that I don’t get lonely sometimes, but I’m okay with it,” he admitted. “The most significant aspect of my life lives far away from anywhere that a camera is needed.”
He continued saying, “You play the part and do interviews but don’t overextend yourself or put on a mask or change your name. Because when you get home, the only thing that matters is your son not eating his turkey sandwiches and he’s not into avocado anymore, so you have to find something new that he’ll eat for lunch.”
The Crazy Heart hitmaker has been married twice with model Kim Bordenave and actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus, who are also the mothers of James and Henry respectively. He also revealed that not only is he a romantic person but also a dismal griever when a relationship fails.
“I’ve fallen in love in my life and at times it felt so deep I couldn’t imagine my life without the other person, and then it hasn’t worked out and I thought the ground was going to open up and swallow me whole and that life had no meaning,” he said.
However, he added that gradually his children became important for him, “And then time did its thing and it introduced me to other things that became important in my life.”
Farrell has always been a doting father and has devoted most of his time to ensuring a fine upbringing of both his children. Recently, the father of two told Ellen that he took a year-long break from acting because he missed his sons while traveling and wanted to be with them. “Last year I think I worked for about a month. Gainfully unemployed for about 11. It was lovely, I was just home with the boys.”
“It’s hard because I travel six or seven months of the year. It’s tough on them. It’s tough on me. I miss them so much. I just get home and get in their faces to the point they’re actually sick of looking at me. Truly,” he added.
Farrell became exceedingly aware of his responsibilities as a father when his older son James was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, a rare neuro-genetic disorder characterized by developmental delays, lack of speech, seizures and impaired balance.
Not just a responsible father, his own experiences have driven him to stand up and support parents who bring up children with special needs. “The struggles of a child with special needs can be so brutal that they can tear at the very fabric of your heart, but the love shared and the pure strength and heroism observed is the needle and thread that mends all tears,” he said in an interview with Today.