Colin Farrell says his son is overcoming some symptoms of a rare neuro-genetic disorder.
The actor and his model ex Kim Bordenave share 10-year-old James, who suffers from Angelman Syndrome.
The disorder can weaken speech, movement and balance, but Colin says the boy has managed to do things recently that he never could before.
“I remember the days when he couldn’t watch 10 minutes of a film because he couldn’t sit easy, but now he can,” Colin told America’s People magazine.
The actor also has a four-year-old boy named Henry with Ondine co-star Alicja Bachleda-Curuś and the 37-year-old jokes he’s been watching nothing but classic animations to keep the boys entertained.
“I’m trying to introduce Disney into my diet and introduce it into [their] diet for the first time,” he shared.
“We’ve gone old school — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Lady and the Tramp. I put on Cinderella and the two of them were like… ‘No,’” Colin mused.
Colin went to rehab in 2005 for drug and alcohol abuse and credits fatherhood for helping get him back to his best.
He wanted to take care of himself after seeing how hard James was working to carry out simple tasks.
“Things like walking and talking and eating and feeding himself, all those things that so many of us naturally take for granted because they come so easily, to James, they come somewhat harder,” he explained. “Everything he’s achieved in his life has come through the presence and the kind of will that is hard work. He’s a lot to be inspired by.”
Colin is trying his best to blend his family as his boys have different mothers.
The boys see each other a few nights per week and are entertaining when they team up.
“They have two different moms so their crossover time isn’t a lot… so they’re figuring it out,” he said. “They’re good together. They’re funny together. They’re finally getting used to the idea that the other one isn’t leaving anytime soon, that they’re both here to stay.”
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