'My son's gonna read that': Chris Pratt reveals he 'CRIED' after backlash over 'healthy daughter' remark
The 'Parks and Recreation' alum claimed his 'blessings' as a celebrity are 'a real burden to the people close to' him
Chris Pratt admitted that after receiving criticism for complimenting his "healthy" daughter Layla in November 2021, he "cried." In his July/August 2022 Men's Health cover story, the 43-year-old actor addressed the controversy.
"I said something [on Instagram], like, 'Find someone who looks at you the way my wife, [Katherine Schwarzenegger], looks at me.' And then I gave her some s*** in the thing and said, 'But I love you. I'm so thankful for my wife — she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter," Pratt remembered. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actor was then criticized on social media by fans who claimed that his tweet was "a dig at his ex-wife" Anna Faris since their 9-year-old son Jack was born prematurely.
In response to the backlash online, Pratt told the magazine, "That is f***ed up. My son's gonna read that one day. He's 9. And it's etched in digital stone. It really f***ing bothered me, dude. I cried about it." The 'Parks and Recreation' alum continued by calling his "blessings" as a celebrity "a real burden... to the people close to" him. He and Schwarzenegger, 32, share daughters Layla, 1, and Eloise, 1 month.
Last year, after his social media post went viral, Pratt told his Instagram followers that he was feeling "upset, depressed, and... crappy." Pratt said, "If you feel down today maybe get exercise and maybe listen to some good worship music or get the word in because it really helped me this morning," in reference to his "emotional" morning run at the time.
The 'Jurassic World' actor joked to Men's Health that his publicist would be "sweating" about his remarks because he had never previously addressed the controversy directly. Jack "doesn't know that yet," Pratt said, adding that the response on Twitter is not "real." The newborn was born in August 2012, seven weeks ahead of schedule to Faris, now 45. Before going home, Jack stayed in the NICU for a month.
"The first years were filled with doctor’s appointments, five surgeries, physical therapy, a lot of laughter. Jack was and is the most adorable cutest thing I could ever have imagined," Faris, who divorced Pratt in August 2017, told People in May 2021.
Pratt and Faris agreed in their divorce settlement to continue living close to one another despite their separation for the benefit of their son Jack, who was six years old at the time of the divorce. A year after their breakup, they were photographed walking together, and some were still optimistic that they might reconcile.
However, Pratt started dating Katherine Schwarzenegger, the daughter of former governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, just three months after their divorce was finalized. After a brief courtship, Pratt and Schwarzenegger swiftly became engaged. They later wed on June 8, 2019, in Montecito, California. Anna Farris also married director Michael Barrett. The couple wed secretly in 2021, having their ceremony inside a Washington State courthouse.