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Mark Wahlberg: I cry freely

Mark Wahlberg always has the next teddy bears’ picnic on his mind.

The Transformers: Age of Extinction star has a chequered past. By the age of 13 he was dabbling in drugs and at 16 he was sentenced to two years after being charged with attempted murder after attacking a Vietnamese men. He pled guilty to assault.

At 43, he’s now turned his life around. He’s married to Rhea Durham and they have four children together: Ella, ten, Michael, eight, Brendan, five, and four-year-old Grace.

“To be honest, I really don’t care how people view me now,” he shrugged to German magazine Bravo. “I am who I am. I cry when I need to cry, even in front of women. I have two little girls and am always thinking about when the next teddy bears’ picnic is.”

Mark’s forte is action movies, such as his role as brave father Cade Yeager in Transformers and boxer Mickey Ward in The Fighter. His time in jail was when he started training.

“It’s been part of my life ever since,” he explained. “I feel better when I eat properly and make sure my body is fit.”

His time in prison didn’t just change his attitude towards his body. The star also got some things clear in his mind and has stayed on the straight and narrow ever since.

“It was a wakeup call! I knew I had to change – and the only way to do that was to work on myself every day,” he revealed.

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