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Colin Farrell Opens Up About Son James' Genetic Disorder

Colin Farrell Opens Up About Son James' Genetic Disorder

Colin Farrell gets fitted for a microphone on the set of his film Winter’s Tale on Thursday (November 15) in Brooklyn, NY.

The 36-year-old actor recently opened up to InStyle magazine about his oldest son James, and his struggle with a genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome.

“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,” Colin said (via ABC News). “When James took his first steps at age four, I nearly broke in half!”

“It was at the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that I decided, after consulting with James‘ mother [Kim Bordenave], that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son,” Colin added. “When you’re the parent of a child with special needs, it’s important to feel that you’re not alone.”

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  • http://dlookingo rachel

    Good father. i did not know about this disease

  • http://google lisa

    Colin is a good father, has two beautiful children, he is a wonderful man, I love you!

  • Pattycake

    I wouldn’t be so fast to hand out trophies for Best Father to Colin. But I do respect that he is speaking openly about his pride for his son’s accomplishments instead of wallowing in self pity.

  • TheDudeAbides

    Geneticly weak links are triggered by the poor diets of their parents.

  • Lucky Charm


    He may not have been the best boyfriend/husband, but by all accounts that I’ve heard, he is a great father to both his sons, and takes parenting seriously. Something some celebrity parents (I’m looking at you, Kate Gosselin!) need to do.

  • Bo

    James is lucky to have such a loving and caring father. Wishing them both the best!

  • running


    You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • KissThis

    This made me cry. It’s beautiful that Colin is so proud of his son. As any father should be. I’m glad he’s talking about it publicly.

  • pickles

    Thru all his ups and downs I have always loved Colin Farrell and watching him take care of his son, I love him more than ever. He has a beautiful heart. He has talked about hm before, and I saw pictures of them together when James was younger.

  • Reality Check

    Colin is reinventing himself. He’s been working the “good father” angle for awhile now.

    There’s no doubt he loves his sons but the truth is he didn’t have much to do with James until he was 3, b/c Colin was too strung out on drugs. He doesn’t live with the boy, so he doesn’t deal with the day in, day out strain of care taking that Kim deals with.

    And it’s been reported in the Polish press that Colin barely saw Henry after his girlfriend, Alijca, left him about six months after the baby was born – b/c he couldn’t handle being in a grown-up relationship.

    Colin is more active now in Henry’s life, but like with James, it took him quite some time to get his sh-t together.

  • think

    Colin is the best dad.
    He accepts all people.

    Angelina and Brad bought a perfect, healthy child (Pax). Why have not they taken a Agent Orange child?

  • lanas-world

    I started to like him while he was a ”bad boy” . I am glad he is clean for years now. He is truly a wonderful person inside and outside.

  • Helen

    Could these illness happen because of the drugs the parents used

  • http://NA David

    I like Colin Farrell.
    But a movie of Mark Helprin’s magnificent novel-Winter’s Tale
    cannot be made.

  • molly

    I don’t think Russel is washed up. God he truly a beautiful man.