Stephen Colbert is usually the funniest man in the room, and his show The Colbert Report has just gotten better and better!
But the star recently opened up about how it still hurts him to this day when he remembers how his father and brothers died in a tragic airplane crash that happened when he was just ten years old.
Here's what he said during the interview:
“Things didn’t seem that important anymore. Nothing seemed that important anymore. My mother said to me — and I think she said this to all my brothers and sisters — she urged me to look at everything in the light of eternity. In other words, it doesn’t matter what I wear. I just wear the uniform of my youth. I wear an oxford-cloth shirt and khakis. What does it matter? What does it matter what I wear?"
Regarding whether his grief still affects him, almost four decades after the terrible event from his past, Colbert said:
"It’s not as keen. Well, it’s not as present, how about that? It’s just as keen but not as present. But it will always accept the invitation. Grief will always accept the invitation to appear. It’s got plenty of time for you. That’s right. 'I’ll be here when you need me.' The interesting thing about grief, I think, is that it is its own size. It is not the size of you. It is its own size. And grief comes to you. You know what I mean? I’ve always liked that phrase He was visited by grief, because that’s really what it is. Grief is its own thing. It’s not like it’s in me, and I’m going to deal with it. It’s a thing, and you have to be okay with its presence. If you try to ignore it, it will be like a wolf at your door.”
That's really sad, but we're glad that Stephen has managed to be as successful as he is despite the tragedy that happened so early in his life.
We're proud of ya Stephen!
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