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With Father’s Day just around the corner, we’re shining a light on stars who are not only heroes to their fans but also to their children! These celebrity fathers are using their platforms to support important causes and fight for positive change, sharing heartfelt family moments along the way.
Anderson Cooper’s fatherhood wish
CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper says he wishes he had become a father sooner, as he has found fatherhood “extraordinary.”
He said: “I don’t think I would have decided if I didn’t feel I was really ready. And I just feel like this is absolutely what I should be doing.
“I wish I had done it sooner, and it’s extraordinary to me. I’ve been able to spend all my time with him really, during this pandemic, and it’s just, it’s been amazing.”
The 53-year-old journalist is a supporter of many charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association, Elton John AIDS Foundation, GLAAD, National Wildlife Federation, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial.
Anderson previously admitted he feels his “life has begun” now he is a father.
He shared: “When I was 12 years old and knew I was gay and thought about my life, it always upset me because I thought, ‘I will never be able to have a kid.’ This is a dream come true. It feels like my life has actually begun. There’s something about having a child that makes you feel connected to what is happening, and you want to make sure that the world this child is growing up in is a better one. You suddenly worry much more about the future of all of us.”
Chris Hemsworth’s ‘special friend’
Chris Hemsworth’s son Tristan called his dad his “special friend” in a cute handwritten note.
The 37-year-old actor took to Instagram to share a picture of his six-year-old boy’s sweet message he penned for a school writing project.
Tristan—who is a twin to brother Sasha, and little brother to sister India Rose—wrote about his favourite activity to do with his father, melting the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ star’s heart.
The note reads: “My special friend is dad, together we go in the pool, together they make me feel happy.”
Hemsworth, who is as much a hero off-screen as he is on, added the loudly crying emoji and a red heart in the caption to express being overwhelmed with emotion by the touching tribute.
Last year, Hemsworth pledged $1 million USD to Australian wildfire relief, urging his fellow stars to join in on the giving as well. The Australia native also spent time visiting some wildlife conservation organizations, praising their work in protecting Australia’s ecosystems.
George Clooney praises family life
George Clooney says his life was “empty” before he met his wife, Amal Clooney.
The ‘Midnight Sky’ star married the human rights lawyer—with whom he has three-year-old twins, Ella and Alexander—in 2014, and has said he didn’t realize something was missing in his life until he met his spouse.
“When I met Amal, I realized that my life had been pretty empty. And then when you throw these two kids in there, suddenly you realize how incredibly empty it was.”
George admitted fatherhood has given him “everything” that Hollywood could not.
Both George and Amal are deeply passionate about humanitarian work—in 2020, the couple donated over $1 million to a series of charities helping those in need during the coronavirus crisis. They also co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice, helping individuals who are unfairly targeted by oppressive governments and protecting vulnerable individuals.
Meanwhile, the star shares that he’s been teaching his young children to play pranks on their unsuspecting mother.
“My whole job really is to teach them terrible things. And I really do enjoy teaching my children to do things that shock their mother. It’s fun because…she’s having very serious conversations, and then my son will come in with a nappy on his head. This is a stroke of genius, you know.”
Prince Harry’s first Netflix project to focus on Invictus Games
Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will produce their first Netflix Inc. series that will focus on athletes competing in the Invictus Games for injured veterans in The Hague in 2022.
Harry, father of two and the founder of Invictus Games, will appear on camera in the documentary series called “Heart of Invictus” and serve as an executive producer through the couple’s Archewell Productions, Netflix said in a statement.
The series will provide behind-the-scenes stories of athletes and organizers as they prepare for the event, which has been delayed until next spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix said.
The Invictus Games is a multi-sport event created in 2017 by Prince Harry—who served as a soldier in Afghanistan—for military personnel wounded in action.
Harry and Meghan now live in Southern California with their son Archie, and are excitedly awaiting the arrival of their daughter, due this summer.