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Train’s Pat Monahan: My Toddler’s a Budding Fashionista!

03/20/2010 at 08:00 PM ET
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Move over Suri Cruise, there’s a new fashion-forward tot on the block.

Train frontman Pat Monahan says his 18-month-old daughter, Autumn, is “so hip to style.”

“She’s gotten several compliments on this pair of shoes [that she wears] and now it’s those shoes only,” Monahan told PEOPLE backstage at the 25th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday.

“My wife has to hide [the shoes] first thing in the day if she doesn’t want her to wear them.”

Still, that doesn’t stop Autumn from coaxing her parents into letting her have the shoes.

“She’ll stand in front of you and put her foot out and tap her foot. I’m like ‘Are you seeing this?’”

Footwear aside, Autumn is proving that there’s more to her than her burgeoning fashion sense. The “Hey, Soul Sister” singer describes his daughter as “real smart” and chatty.

“I’m Irish, so, like me, she talks way too much except she doesn’t use too many words. She calls everybody ‘Mama’ and she loves to make people laugh,” he says.

Another trait she’s picked up from dad is clenching — which his wife hates.

“I squeeze [my hands] when I get excited and she’s been doing it since about 2-months-old. I love it, but I think my wife is like, ‘Dude, quit it!’ he says.

Autumn is Monahan’s first child with wife Amber Peterson. He also has a daughter Emilia, 12, and a son Patrick, 17, from a previous marriage.

“My three children and my wife are such a wonderful part of my life. They’re my refuge,” he notes.

Carlos Greer

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JustMe on

LOOOOVE him and Train!
Love to hear him gush about his little girl too ♥

Luna on

Okay 1 I love that song and 2 it’s adorable to hear him talk about Autumn that way. Love the kids’ names.

poppykai on

Irish? He was born in Pennsylvania!! Just one of my few pet peeves. IMO, if you are born in America, you are American. If you are born in Ireland, you are Irish. I would be happier (and of course that is all that is important ;-)) if he said he was of Irish desent. I do like him though, I saw him on CSI and he (or at least his character) seemed really down to earth with a good sence of humor.

JM on

poppykai, i agree with you and it’s a pet peeve of mine too. it seems to be a lot more common in america that people call themselves irish or italian or dutch and i don#t really know why. because i don’t know many europeans where just because their ancestors were say French, would call themselves french if they were born in spain (and grew up there). i mean if he was born and raised in america what part of him exactly is irish? my grandparents were irish but i wasn’t born or raised there, i grew up in a different european country, so there’s no way i am actually irish.

Camilla on

I find nothing wrong with saying your Irish, Italian… or where ever your ancestry is from… if you choose to do so. I find it fascinating : )

Babymam on

I consider myself Irish and Filipino, despite not being born in both places. I was raised with the customs and traditions of the two countries. I don’t think you have to be BORN and raised there to be proud of it, or have the right to identify yourself as one of the countrymen. And when I say I was raised observing the customs and traitions of Ireland (County Clare) and the Philippines (Provence of Marinduque), I don’t mean I drink a green beer on St. Patrick’s Day or know how to make a good eggroll. Far from it.

Vicki on

Geez, people it seems like you can’t say anything these days without someone waiting to skewer you! I think Pat is very comfortable in his own skin and if he wants to proclaim his Irish ancestry from the rooftops then that is his prerogative! The article is about his family and his little girl – which is adorable by the way – SO STOP BEING SO NIT-PICKY!Sometimes we miss the charm of a person by being so PC!

Jayson on

You guys have got to find better things to gripe about. My parents are Irish immigrants, but I was born in America. I consider myself Irish. Why is that wrong? I have a U.S. passport and an Irish passport. Yes if you are born in America, you are technically an American, but he embraces his heritage and considers himself Irish. Who cares??

Cherie on

This is an imbecile debate. Of course I’m an American, being born in this country. However, I’m also culturally Jewish AND Irish. My ancestors didn’t lose who they were when they moved here and their culture, traditions, and habits were passed to me. If people lost their former identity with relocation there would be no Jews left. I was born and raised in Michigan but have lived the last twenty years in Washington state and I consider myself to be from both states. During my time spent moving about as a military spouse did I come from those places when I moved there? No, of course not.

sue on

please, give him a break…i consider myself irish and polish since that is what my parent were…thats the way it works poppy! love the group, loved the songs before i knew the group..that says a lot!

Susan on

America is a real melting pot of ancestries and that’s why, even though we’re obviously American, our families may have come over from Ireland, England, Poland, etc. So to clarify our backgrounds, we as Americans classify ourselves this way.
It’s not meant to diss our American heritage at all.

Del on

I guess you want to be what you want to be? Knowledge of your family history can be a great stabiliser! We’re English and have lived in France for nearly 15 years yet we’re still totally “British”,..however our 23 year old son is almost 100% French to the extent that he teaches English to French pupils in a Paris college.
If Patrick feels that he’s Irish, then good luck to him…I’ll toast him with a pint of Guinness any time he wants!

Erie Girl on

I just LOVE Pat and his family! He’s sooo funny! I personally know his sister and have met him and seen his kids before. I’ve heard so many good stories about him. His daughter is just darling, in fact his wife and kids were walking around at a previous Cleavland concert while he sang “Marry Me”. Come back to Erie ASAP Pat! We miss you! (:

Erie Girl on

P.S.-also idk what this pet peeve of everyone is! I’m American and live in America but I call myself American and Italian. Sorry to the non-Americans…

debbie on

This blog is about Pat and his daughter. Why are you all taking up the space with your family histories?
I’m proud of my families ancestry, but don’t have to broadcast it on someone else’s blog.
Pat has the most gorgeous facial expressions….happy or sad, I am hypnotized watching him perform.
I’m glad he has found love and is happy. Something nice to write about.

Eires on

Ok first off, I love Train and their music. Second all you people that have a pet peeve with him for saying he’s Irish who cares get over it!!!! I call myself Irish just because it’s easier then going thru the whole Irish decent…. Go PAT AND IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EIRE!!!!!! Maybe you can look up the meaning of EIRE to while your at it instead of being bothered by him being a great irish gentleman….

Steph on

I Love Train and Pat! It makes me happy to see celebs and their newborn babies. You can see they are only human too. I’ve never heard of this site until I did a search for pat’s daughter and this was the very first one that pop up. (So Autumn is now 2 and a half)

Star Bright on

Just finished watching your concert on HDNet, and you and your Train put on a very big show! I kind of figured out you are Irish, and yeah for the Irish as they ROCK BABY! I’m part Irish, Cherokee, and good ole’ Brit, and I’m still an American too. Ain’t it great?

Thanks for being a good Dad and a good showman and it appears a good all round person!

Tara on

Oh please! The guy’s name is Patrick Monahan – you cannot get much more Irish than that! He’s not saying “I’m an Irish citizen”, he’s saying “I am from a family of Irish culture.” It is the diversity of cultures that makes America what it is – the way they come together as a whole, yet retain their individuality. As to the shoes … I’m sorry, Pat, but the girl has her eyes on those shoes – she knows what she wants, and it only gets bigger and better from here! :-D

stephanie on

I just read an interview with Pat Monahan where he talks about his “really awful marriage.” He’s happily remarried, but I think it’s sad and unkind that he speaks of his first wife that way. She was with him before he was famous and I’ve read the story of how they lived in poverty for two years before Train became successful. She moved everywhere with him and taught school at rough schools in LA to help support their family. It’s easy for the second wife b/c she doesn’t have to do anything but be pretty. I feel very sorry for his first wife Ginean – she’s the wife of two of his children and he should show more respect.

Tim on

Have any of you nitpicky Europeans ever considered that maybe identifying with the nationalities of our ancestors is just part of North American culture? Different cultures have different identity formations. Other cultures have tribes, clans, moieties, castes, bands, or other special kinship affiliations. Some cultures have strong identities connected to their local village or their region. I agree completely with Vicki up to the point where she says the nitpickers are being “too PC”. Actually, they’re being the total opposite of PC – They’re trying to tell other people what they can and can’t call themselves, which is denying people their right to self-identity. Also, anyone saying it’s a uniquely US thing should know that many Canadians do the same.

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