Robin Williams' son Zak names his first child after his father as a tribute to the late actor
The mental-health advocate and the tech-startup founder's son was born on May 22. This piece of happy news comes almost five years after Williams died of suicide at the age of 63 in August 2014.
Adding one more to the family!
Robin Williams' oldest son Zachary welcomed a baby boy with his fiancee Olivia June on Wednesday, May 22.
The mental-health advocate and the tech-startup founder's son weighed 8 lbs and was 20-and-a-half inches long. The couple paid a sweet tribute to the late actor with their son's name by naming him McLaurin Clement Williams - the Oscar-winning actor's middle name was McLaurin.
According to People magazine, Zak and Olivia are planning to call the boy 'Mickey' for short.
June is the founder and CEO of Hey! VINA, a community app which is perhaps best described as 'Tinder for (girl)friends'. In a long post on Instagram, June poured her heart out. "My fiancé, Zak, and I were so happy to welcome baby McLaurin to the world on May 22nd. We are beyond thrilled he chose us to be his parents, and obviously think he’s the best, smartest, and cutest baby ever!!"
She also explained why the news was kept under the wraps for so long. "In life today, we expect everything to be live shared on social media, and many who are close to me are even just learning this news. We’ve kept this news private for a number of reasons, one of which is my increasing emphasis and appreciation for living life away from social media and focusing on my offline relationships, another being the challenges that face us as women startup founders."
It isn't always easy being a mother, but especially difficult for working mothers and, in June's case, for women in startups. "Becoming a mom is something I’ve always known I wanted, but as an early stage startup founder sometimes sounded impossible, not because I didn’t think I could manage it, but because I knew the extent of bias in the industry against me as a female founder and the fight to be taken seriously in building a business focused on solving social challenges for women. (Not to mention the fact of maternity leave doesn’t exist for me!) As I’m proud to have successfully built a business that doesn’t rely on Silicon Valley VCs caring about women’s friendships to operate and has an amazing supportive team, I’m excited to be expanding my role from global change-maker startup CEO, connecting millions of women to their best friends, to raising a really amazing little man who has a boss mamma."
She thanked her fiance for being by her side through it all. And has already called him the best dad in the world. "None of this would be possible without the most incredible and supportive partner a woman could ever hope for. Zak, the headline is true, you’re already and will always be, “World’s Best Dad!” Mickey and I are the luckiest," she concluded.
This piece of happy news comes almost five years after Williams died of suicide at the age of 63 in August 2014.