Rock opens up about relationship with his father Submitted by Aaron Rift on 02/15/2020 at 01:17 PM
The Rock did an interview with Oprah Winfrey and here are a few highlights courtesy of 411Mania.com...
On his reaction to his fatherís passing: ďAs we all go through this, our own process of grieving and regret, and all these things and emotions that we go through ó but again, itís the cycle of life. And itís beautiful, itís painful, itís amazing, itís incredible, itís all of these things. I will tell you this, that in this process ó I had a complicated relationship with my dad. It was really, there was a foundation of tough love with my father. [He] wasnít a big ĎI love youí guy, and as complicated as it was, what gave me great satisfaction at the funeral was to see he was a great friend to so many guys. A challenged father, but a great friend to so many people.Ē
On if he got to say everything he wanted to say to his dad: ďNo. No, I did not. But you know, so thatís the tricky thing I think, as we all go through this and we all lose loved ones. What Iíve realized in the past couple of weeks is, itís good to explore these feelings. And [Iím] feeling a little guilty, I didnít get a chance to say the things that I wanted to say or I wish he would have said the things to me as a father, now as a father of three daughters. The important critical things that anchor us that I didnít get from him. And itís okay to explore those feelings. But itís also very important to heal, to make sure that we come back to an anchoring foundation of gratitude. Gratitude for what I was able to have with him.
ďAnd so I didnít get a chance to say the things that I wanted to say to him. However, another thing that is important too is ó you know, because in death, thatís when we can spiral and think, ĎWell, I should have done this, and I should have called, and I should have sent more pictures.í But we gotta realize that the relationship that I had with my dad was a relationship that was appropriate at that time.Ē