Mark Wahlberg: I grew up with nothing
Mark Wahlberg’s biggest fear was raising spoilt children.
The 44-year-old has had a highly successful film career, having starred in movies like Boogie Nights and The Perfect Storm as well as receiving an Oscar nomination for The Departed. But as a youngster he led a very different life, as he was addicted to drugs and also had a stint in a correctional facility. But now that he’s a dad-of-four, Mark is doing his best to be an example to his children.
“I’ve been able to accomplish something by turning my life around and doing the right thing, and that’s telling my kids, ‘Hey, you know Dad made a lot of mistakes, and this is what happened. These are the consequences I had to face’,” he told Men’s Fitness. “I grew up with nothing. In America, in one generation you can turn that around.”
As a troubled teen, Mark faced civil and criminal actions for alleged racially motivated crimes against black and Asian victims. The star asked for a pardon from the Governor of Massachusetts in November 2014 for seriously injuring a Vietnamese man. The move caused outrage for some and with hindsight, Mark doesn’t think he received the best advice.
“I don’t think it was the best idea. For me, the most important thing is being forgiven by the person who was really hurt [Johnny Trinh],” he said.
Now Mark is a father to his four children with wife Rhea Durham, he looks to God for guidance in being the best dad he can be.
“But our biggest worry is that we raise these spoiled, privileged kids,” he continued. “My son has a dirt bike; I never had a dirt bike. My son goes to private school; I always wanted to go to private school. It just wasn’t in the cards.”
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