Colin Farrell opens up about his son

Irish actor Colin Farrell yesterday opened his heart and revealed that his four-year-old son James is a special-needs child.

Farrell spoke to the UK Independent and revealed that his 4-year-old son, James was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called Angelman Syndrome.

Colin – who has joint custody of James with his mother Kim Bordenave – led the Irish team to Croke Park for the Special Olympics before his son was born. 

He said, “With my son the only time I’m reminded that there is something different about him – that he has some deviation of what is perceived to be normal – is when I see him with other four-year-olds.

“Then I go “oh yeah” and it comes back to me. But from day one I felt that he’s the way he’s meant to be. He took his first steps about six weeks ago and it was four years in the making. All the work is his, he worked his arse off for four years.”

“And when he took the first steps it was incredibly emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I have never thought of my son as being someone with a disability. It goes back to special needs and what is a disability and what isn’t.”


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