Sure, they’re famous and successful, but these male celebrities are also dealing with exactly the same issues as you when it comes to raising children…
“I feel so lucky… When you meet your kids you realise that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve… My life [has] changed. And thank God it did.”
– Ryan Gosling, dad to Esmeralda and Amada.
“What do I know? I don’t know anything, but it’s kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly. There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It’s a beautiful experience.”
– Adam Levine, dad to Dusty and Gio.
“Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on…[Fatherhood] is everything. The hardest job in the world, the most rewarding job in the world… We put in long days. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who’s out of line, and still have the energy for that is… I can’t explain the fulfilment of that, but it is everything.”
– Brad Pitt, dad to Shiloh, Pax, Zahara, Maddox, Vivienne and Knox.
“It changes everything. You literally just wake up, look in the mirror and go, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing.’ All of this imperfection is the best part. That’s going to be the part that you remember the most.”
– Justin Timberlake, dad to Silas.
“I used to say [to partner Blake Lively], ‘I would take a bullet for you.’ The second I looked into that baby’s eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.”
– Ryan Reynolds, dad to Inez and James.
“I’ve never protected the president [in real life], but I have been a new dad, and I can tell you that being a new dad is pretty terrifying. I’m pretty sure that something about the president makes the stakes a little higher, but to me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter.”
– Channing Tatum, dad to Everly.
“[Fatherhood] is the one thing I’ve always wanted to be… Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.” – Matthew McConaughey, dad to Levi, Vida and Livingston.
“The only way I can describe [fatherhood]… it sounds stupid, but at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full. It’s just full all the time.”
– Matt Damon, dad to Alexia, Gia, Isabella and Stella.
“Every day I’m proud to be a dad. When you have kids, there’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time. There’s no, ‘Ooh, his graduation’s better than going to the mall.’ It’s all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest, it’s all good.”
– Chris Rock, dad to Zahra and Lola.
“The moments I share with my children are incredibly special. Whether that’s laughing together when they tell me things about their day on the drive home from school, reading one of their favourite books to them at bedtime or spending time together on holiday.”
– David Beckham, dad to Brooklyn, Cruz, Romeo and Harper.
“When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today. I want to give my children the freedom of what they want to be in life. I just have to guide them, encourage them and support them… Exactly what my parents did for me.”
– Sachin Tendulkar, dad to Arjun and Sara.
“Whenever one of my children says, ‘Goodnight, Daddy,’ I always think to myself, ‘You don’t mean that.’”
– Jim Gaffigan, dad to Patrick, Katie, Michael, Jack and Marre.
“You can’t spell ‘parentry’ without ‘try’. Of course, you’ll make a few mistakes. The important thing is that the mistakes you make with your kids are the same ones your parents made with you. At least you know how those turn out.”
– Stephen Colbert, dad to Madeline, Peter and John.
“I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are. Jada and I are very serious about finding what they are, and encouraging them to be what they are because you can never be happy being what you’re not.. As a parent, if it’s an oak tree, I want it to grow as an oak tree. I’m not going to try to force it to be an apple tree.”
– Will Smith, dad to Jaden, Willow and Trey.
“Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”
– Barack Obama, dad to Malia and Sasha.