Mark, Usher, and Forest Dish on the Joys of Fatherhood
At a recent event hosted by GQ honoring the winner of the Better Men Better World Search, Page Six columnist Cindy Adams spent the night with some of the leading men of Hollywood including Mark Wahlberg, Usher, and Forest Whitaker. Speaking separately to the three men, Cindy realized that all of them were eager to talk about their main priority in life: their family.
A new dad for the third time, Mark, wearing a blue suit and tie, admitted that he was only dolled up in his "dress-up public clothes" for the event. Otherwise, on most days, Mark — who "change[s] diapers all the time" — can be found in "scrubby stuff" at home doing his "real work" with his three kids — Ella Rae, 5, Michael, 2 ½, and Brendan Joseph, 4 ½ weeks. Apparently, according to Mark, comfortable, casual attire is best when it comes to taking care of his three children with longtime girlfriend Rhea Durham. "I play with them, bathe them, get on the floor with them, we go to the park," says Mark, who goes on to say that recently his outings have begun to attract more paparazzi. Fortunately, the photographers have "always left me alone," but the 37-year-old actor — who has said he refuses to miss Ella’s soccer games due to a large crowd of flashing cameras — shares that they have "begun to bother with me. But no matter what, my babies come first."
Expecting his second child this winter with his wife Tameka Foster, singer Usher couldn’t be more thrilled with where he is in life. Although he is "grateful for all that God has given me," Usher stresses that the "great thing" in his life right now is not his successful career, but rather his son, 10 ½-month-old Usher V — aka Cinco. Sharing that he is present for day-to-day tasks "like any other father," the 30-year-old is completely in-tune with Cinco’s needs, from "making the formula to changing diapers" and credits himself with being "a whiz at taking care of a baby!" Not unlike many parents, Usher reveals that he finds his happiness with a simple hug from his baby boy. "I can only tell you, having a baby, hugging your own child, to me is suddenly the greatest joy in my entire life."
Starring in movie after movie, Forest says that, while it’s "great to be busy," the extended time away from his family — including his kids Ocean, 18, Autumn, 17, Sonnet Noel, 12, and True Isabella Summer, 10 — is difficult. With three of his children involved in soccer, the self-proclaimed "soccer dad" who goes to "all of their games" admits that with Halloween right around the corner, he is aching to celebrate the fun-filled night with his family. "I always make a great thing out of that. I dress up, wear a mask, and my family and I love it," shares Forest, who goes on to say that his four children "fulfill my life." Forest’s wife is Keisha Whitaker. Ocean is Forest’s son while Autumn is Keisha’s daughter from previous relationships.
Source: New York Post