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Becoming a dad is a truly life-changing moment as these celebrity papas prove.
From Chris Hemsworth to Prince Harry and Hamish Blake to Ryan Gosling, we’ve rounded up 10 of the sweetest quotes from our faourite famous dads.
Prepare for all the feels as they share what fatherhood means to them.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, have three children ― a daughter, India Rose, eight, and six-year-old twin sons, Tristan and Sasha.
The 37-year-old, who lives in Byron Bay with his family, says becoming a dad has made him focus on his kids, rather than on himself.
“I think it makes you less selfish, because it’s no longer about you. It can’t be. It’s about someone else, which is refreshing,” he says.
“It’s nice to not spend all your time thinking about your own problems and garbage up there, and I just have so much fun doing it. It’s the best.
“And now I’m a bit more choosy, I think, with when I work and how I work because it better be worthwhile to take me away from them.”
The Bachelor‘s Sam Wood is now a father-of-three.
The fitness trainer became a step-dad to 15-year-old Eve when he married Snezana Wood.
The happy Bachie couple have also welcomed, two-year-old Willow and one-year-old Charlie Lane.
“You literally don’t realise you can love something that much and it’s just beautiful,” says Sam, 40.
“I think the whole thing about fatherhood is the surprises don’t stop, you know?
“The birth is such an incredible experience and then the challenges when they are a little baby, like you can’t do as much as you thought you could as a dad early on, because they are so dependent on mum.
“But then as soon as their little personality starts to develop, you don’t want to miss a second.”
Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds and his wife, Gossip Girl‘s Blake Lively are the proud parents of three daughters: Inez, James and Betty.
Ryan says fatherhood is about being present with his girls
“It’s made me super present in a way I wasn’t before. I try to hold on to each moment with them,” explains Ryan, 43.
“It’s drawn me to the present moment as opposed to the future and past. You see how fast it goes. I really want to enjoy as many moments with them as humanly possible. I want to be around them as much as possible and do as many things with them as possible.”
When it comes to fatherhood, Hamish Blake, who has two children, Sonny, six and Rudy, three with wife Zoe Foster Blake, says it’s all about creating magic moments and living in the moment.
“I’m a bit obsessed with the belief of going ‘if i was 80, what would I give to be back in this moment?'”, explains the 38-year-old.
“Basically, even if you’re a bit sick, or a bit tired, think about how much you’d give to go back to this very moment and live it again.
“My kids are babies – and I just know I’d give everything. I’d give all the money in the world, to be back right here in this moment, because we will never get this chance to live this moment again. It makes every moment with my kids super valuable.”
Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness have two children, Oscar and Ava.
The couple chose to adopt their kids, The X-Men star has previously said: “I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children.”
51-year-old Hugh says he loves the everyday moments he spends with his kids.
“The things that I really cherish are the everyday moments, like sitting around cooking pancakes together on Sunday mornings, or getting home after a tough day and my kids come up and give me a hug and remind me what’s really important.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed baby Archie into the world just over a year ago.
When announcing Archie’s birth, 35-year-old Harry said:
“I haven’t been at many births. This is definitely my first birth – it was amazing, absolutely incredible. I’m so incredibly proud of my wife.
“And as every father and parent would say, your baby is absolutely amazing. But this little thing is absolutely to-die-for so I’m absolutely over the moon.”
And just four days after Archie’s birth, Harry revealed that his son has “given him a new focus and goal” in his life.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine have three children together.
There is seven-year-old Prince George who is third in the line of succession to the British throne, and Princess Charlotte, five and two-year-old Prince Louis.
Prince William says becoming a dad has made him more emotional.
“I never used to get too wound up or worried about things,” he said in an interview for a British TV documentary on his family.
“But now, the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world…a lot more, I think, as a father.”
“Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow up [is horrible],” added William, who lost his own mother, Princess Diana, in a car accident when he was only 15 years old.
David Beckham has four children ― Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15 and nine-year-old daughter, Harper – with his wife, former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham.
The 45-year-old English footballer says there’s nothing more important than spending quality time with your children.
“I didn’t want to miss a second, but of course there were times that I couldn’t be there. I feared they would do something for the first time and I wouldn’t be there to see it. … I knew that spending as much quality time with my kids as I could, especially when they were young, was the most important thing in the world.”
Talk show host Jimmy Fallon and his film producer wife, Nancy Juvonen, have two daughters.
And Jimmy is the first to admit his girls, Winnie, seven and Frances, five, have him wrapped around their little fingers.
“Mums should know that even the manliest guys will become softies when they have daughters,” he told Parents.
“Dads immediately fall in love with their little girls, and will let them get away with everything. So mums are going to have to be the disciplinarians when it comes to daughters.”
The Notebook‘s Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are parents to five-year-old Esmeralda and four-year-old, Amanda.
Ryan says his kids have made him the very best dad he can be.
“When you meet your kids you realise that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve.”