Mark Wahlberg! Why would you EVER be ashamed of laying down some nasty beats with the Funky Bunch??
LOLz! We kid, we kid!
Mark Wahlberg is obviously talking about the actual dark period of his life — his criminal past. He has four lovely kiddos: Ella, nine, Michael, seven, Brendan, four, and Grace, three, with wife Rhea Durham.
If you didn't know, Mark was in trouble with police more than 20 times when he was a teen. He was even sent to jail for assault; something he doesn't usually talk about, as his life couldn't be more different now than it was back then.
The thing is, he isn't scared to tell them! He just wants to wait until they're able to tell that the life he has now does not excuse the things he has done. Fame and fortune does not give doing that stuff a pass. Here's what he said about it:
"They are still young, and I'm not telling them anything until I have to. I will wait until the last possible minute. I certainly don't want to hide my past, but I don't want to make it seem like, 'Daddy went through bad stuff and he came out OK. We can do what we want, it will work itself out,' because that isn't the case. I don't know any other success stories of people who survived the kind of place I grew up in and the choices I made and still have the freedom and luxury to talk about it."
The thing that drives this home for Mark every day is thinking about where the people are now that used to run with him:
"Let's say I was a petty criminal for a while, but I was lucky enough to be able to get clean, unlike most of my friends from that time, who are dead or in jail. Today, the only real vice I have is golf."
Waiting to tell your kids might be a good idea, but we hope you get to tell them before the find out from someone else. You're famous, and people talk. Other kids can be cruel!
We hope everything works out, though!
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