The 'How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days' actor revealed how being a father of three made him a “compassionate and a selfish” man.
Matthew McConaughey has a lot to share about fatherhood and how it changed him for the better. The How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days actor told GQ in an interview how becoming a father of three made him a “compassionate and a selfish” man simultaneously.
Talking about the three adorable kids he shares with his wife, the Brazilian model and designer Camila Alves, the Oscar-winning actor also revealed that becoming a father brought about changes he never expected with his wife of tens of years. The couple is parents to their son Levi, who is 14, daughter Vida, 13, and their youngest son Livingston who is 10 years old.
Closer Weekly reported how the couple believes in bringing up their kids the right way by being parents who “yes” and “no” whenever needed. Talking to E! News the Interstellar actor stated: "Sometimes loving your kids means giving them just what they want. Other times it means tough love. Affluent people can give their kids everything they want, but they're not usually going to get what they need. Loving a child is a lot harder if you really give a damn. 'No' takes a lot more energy. It's a lot easier to say 'yes.'"
In an interview with GQ, the actor called fatherhood his “secret weapon”, explaining: “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Whatever decisions you make in the first six months of becoming a father, double down on them."
The doting father added: "You immediately have something you don’t have to think about. You know what’s important. Bam! And the clarity of that is like, 'Whew.' I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate, which don’t always go together, you know?”
“It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. I knew when I was 8 years old. I mean, I wanted to be things like the Washington Redskins running back and all that stuff, but the one thing I knew I wanted to be was a father,” the 53-year-old star admitted.
Opening up about his childhood and how he loves the idea of being an educating father he added: “I understood that was why my dad was making me say 'Yes, sir' and 'Yes, ma’am' to elders. You know, 'I’m not on par with the adults yet. There are places to go.'" The Lincoln Lawyer actor goes by three principles his father taught him as a kid: “Don’t say can’t,” “love, don’t hate,” and “tell the truth, don’t lie.” He has carried these principles throughout his life, according to The Dad Edge.
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