Father's Day: 10 celebrity dads on how fatherhood changed everything
Here's to all the amazing dads, dads-to-be, granddads and father figures.
Dads are amazing, and honestly, where would we be without them.
I mean, they might have the worst 'dad jokes' and complain when we don't know how check the oil on the car – but dads really are life's superheroes. And science has shown that the more active a father is in their child's life, the better off the child will be.
And with dad in mind, we wish a Happy Father's Day to all with these gorgeous, funny and oh-so-real quotes on fatherhood from 10 famous dads:
1. John Legend
He is a dad to Luna and Miles, and it's clear John Legend is loving this role.
"It's a different kind of love. It's very pure, it's unconditional, but they haven't earned it yet. They didn't do anything, they just exist and you love them completely, but it's not built on anything other than their existence. It's beautiful, it's very emotional and it brings you and your wife closer together. It's a very powerful feeling to see the product of your love right there in front of you."
2. Aston Kutcher
His two children have inspired him to get closer with his parents and have taught him a lot about character, Kutcher has revealed.
"The greatest, greatest lesson in character in my life are my kids. When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honour, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I'm sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.'"
3. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew’s three-strong brood with wife Camilla Alves changed his entire life outlook. Speaking in 2014 he revealed:
"[Fatherhood] is the one thing I’ve always wanted to be… Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate."
4. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are parents to Amanda and Esmeralda, and in an interview with GQ back in 2017, Gosling couldn't help but gush about his 'dream babies.'
"When you meet your kids, you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders, and you have to try and become the person that they deserve."
5. Michael Bublé
Bublé is a dad to Noah, Elias and Vida, and the singer often gushes about his love for his family.
"[Fatherhood is] the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens, it’s like telling somebody what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it."
6. Chris Hemsworth
Chris and wife Elsa Pataky are parents to India, Sasha and Tristan, and Chris of course, couldn’t be happier. ‘I just have so much fun doing it [being a Father]’ he said.
And the actor also revealed his parental role makes him reconsider work commitments. ‘Now I’m a bit more choosy, I think, with when I work and how I work because it better be worthwhile to take me away from them.’
7. Ryan Reynolds
Now a dad-of-three, Reynolds chatted to David Letterman back in 2015 about how a baby changes your perspective on everything.
"I used to say to [Blake], ‘I would take a bullet for you. I could never love anything as much as I love you.' I would say that to my wife," Reynolds shared. "And the second I looked in that baby's eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby."
8. Justin Timberlake
Speaking about fatherhood on Today, Timberlake said of life as a dad to his son Silas:
"It changes everything. You literally just wake up… Look in the mirror and go, “I have no idea what I’m doing.”‘ He also said: "All of this imperfection is the best part. That’s going to be the part that you remember the most."
9. Chris Pratt
As a father to Jack, it is clear Chris Pratt is loving his role.
"I've gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody's daddy."
10. Adam Levine
Instinct kicked in for Adam Levine when daughter Dusty Rose arrived back in 2016.
"I've been a parent for three weeks; what do I know? I don't know anything, but it's kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly," Levine said in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. "There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It's a beautiful experience."