Colin Farrell opens up about life with disabled son

Washington: Colin Farrell, whose eldest son James suffers from Angelman Syndrome, revealed that he “nearly broke in half” when his child took his first steps.

The 36-year-old actor revealed that he and James’ mother, Kim Bordenave, take delight in his small milestones.

“We share in the smallest victories; the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at 19, and getting the seizures under control,” ABC News quoted him as telling Instyle magazine.

“When James took his first steps at age four, I nearly broke in half!” he said.

The ‘Recruit’ star said that for the first years of James’ life, the couple coped in private.

“It was at the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that I decided, after consulting with James’ mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son,” he said.

“He has enriched my life, but I don’t want to minimize the trials that so many families go through; the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain,” he added.


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