Phillippe Annoyed by Nepotism Talk on Kids

Ryan Phillippe shares pride in children's entertainment ventures

by Zain ul Abedin
Phillippe Annoyed by Nepotism Talk on Kids
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Actor Ryan Phillippe expressed his delight as his children, Ava and Deacon, step into the entertainment industry, following in their parents' footsteps. In a recent interview with Extra, the 49-year-old actor, who shares Ava, 24, and Deacon, 20, with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, discussed their budding careers.

Phillippe discussed Ava's venture into acting, stating that she is "getting her feet wet" and taking time to explore her options. He addressed the criticism of nepotism in the industry, defending his children's choices by highlighting that it's natural for them to be influenced by their surroundings and upbringing.

Expressing pride in his son Deacon, who is pursuing a music career, Phillippe lauded him for his character, describing him as a "source of light and love" with an exceptional work ethic. He also emphasized Deacon's spiritual grounding and strong values.

Phillippe's Parental Pride

In addition to Ava and Deacon, Phillippe is a father to daughter Kai, 12, from a previous relationship with Alexis Knapp. The actor celebrated the release of Deacon's debut album, "A New Earth," with a special party in April.

Sharing moments from the event on Instagram, Phillippe showcased his bond with his son in a heartwarming father-son photo. Phillippe's pride in his children's accomplishments reflects his support for their aspirations and the values instilled in them as they navigate their paths in the entertainment industry.

As they follow their passions, Phillippe stands by their side, offering encouragement and celebrating their achievements. The actor's acknowledgment of the challenges and joys of parenting in the public eye underscores the complexity of raising children amidst the scrutiny of fame.

Despite the pressures, Phillippe remains committed to fostering a nurturing environment for his children to pursue their dreams and flourish as individuals. As Ava and Deacon embark on their respective journeys in acting and music, they carry with them the lessons and guidance imparted by their parents, poised to make their mark in the world of entertainment with talent, dedication, and integrity.