Sylvester Stallone's marriage with Sasha crumbled but they became a team to prioritize the welfare of their boy.
Every parent wants their child to have the best life but some things are never under your control. No matter how much you try, it is impossible to alter it. So, the only thing you can do is to be by your child's side whenever they need you. Sylvester Stallone made a successful career in Hollywood but his life as a parent was filled with tragic events.
The star got married to photographer and actress Sasha Czack in 1974. According to Mirror Online, the couple had two sons, Sage Moonblood Stallone and Seargeoh. Though the couple faced troubles in their marriage, the arrival of their second son seemed to have a positive impact on their life. In 1982, the actor posed along with his son for People Magazine.
Stallone and his wife gushed over their son and said he was a "silent genius." They stated he was very talented and could draw, write letters, and even repeat some words from a very early age. However, the couple said they had reached out for professional help since their son was unable to communicate very well.
The events that followed broke the heart of the couple. Their 3-year-old son was diagnosed with autism. The couple was also told to place the child in a facility. However, Sasha was not ready to do that. She wanted to be by her son's side and wanted to be a hands-on parent.
Recalling that incident, Sasha stated, "We both broke down," according to People. She added, "I knew that Sly couldn’t get as involved because of his work. We do what we have to do. So I just said, 'Give me the money, and I’ll take care of it.'"
The couple put their child before their marital problems and worked together as a team for his welfare. Eventually, the marriage hit rock bottom but nothing changed their combined efforts to be there for their son. In addition to being there for him, the couple set up a research fund administered under the National Society for Children and Adults With Autism.
Stallone appreciated Sasha for spearheading the project and being its backbone while he raised funds through movie premiers. "Sasha does the hard, in-the-trenches warfare. I use my films to have premieres that raise money for the fund," added Stallone, according to People.
Sasha knew Stallone was not in a position to be home all the time and be a hands-on parent. But the actor was working hard to the money for his son's research fund. "Right now Sly just doesn’t have the time to sit down and play and say, 'No, Seargeoh, that is not the red block, that’s the blue block.'"
With all the overwork he was doing, Stallone had heart pain. His pain was diagnosed to be the result of a bruise in the coronary and the muscle of his heart.
Meanwhile, the actor opened up about the differences in raising an autistic child. “There is no real father-and-son thing there. I have to become his playmate. With a child-like this you have to put away your ego. You can’t force him into your world. I sort of go along with whatever he is doing. Sometimes he likes to draw, mostly abstract things, and he has puzzles that we work on together. After he gets to the point where he trusts you, a little more communication can start. The primary therapy is the repetition of words and instructions. He has shown an extraordinary memory, but he can’t apply what he has learned," said Stallone, according to People.
He further added, "To have a child in this predicament is extremely sad. It’s almost like a radio station—he fades on and off of the signal." His child's disability did not stop him from trying to connect with him. He did everything he could to support him and held him close to his heart.
He even taught his elder son, Sage to accept the way his brother was. Not much is known about Seargeoh today but the actor was forced to bid farewell to his elder son, Sage to a heart condition called atherosclerosis in 2012, according to CNN. It was devastating and the actor still carries the pain in his heart.
In addition to two sons, Stallone has three daughters with Jennifer Flavin.