The actor described his parents’ relatinoshp as “the Pacific Ocean in a storm.”
After watching his parents divorce and remarry each other again and again, Matthew McConaughey believed that there was nothing that could take his father down, except for his mother. And the actor was right. His father exited the world on a high note, and his wife did have something to do with it.
When McConaughey spoke to People about his parents, he revealed that their relationship was like “the Pacific Ocean in a storm,” as quoted by Vanity Fair.
“They were, at times, violent. As I say in the book, that is how they communicated,” said McConaughey, making a reference to his new memoir called Greenlights.
Over the years, McConaughey saw his parents break off their relationship several times, and he said, “those moments were so quickly superseded by the love and humanity.”
“They were divorced twice, married three times, I mean, yeah, it was like the Pacific Ocean in a storm,” the actor said. In the same interview, McConaughey also touched upon how his father, James Donald McConaughey died while he was in bed with his wife in 1992.
“I got a call from my Mom. ‘Your dad died.'” McConaughey wrote in his book. “My knees buckled. I couldn’t believe it. He was my dad. Nobody or nothing could kill him. Except for mom.”
Based on McConaughey’s book, his father had even predicted how he would leave this world. “He’d always told me and my brothers, ‘Boys, when I go, I’m gonna be makin’ love to your mother.’ And that’s what happened. He had a heart attack when he climaxed,” wrote McConaughey.
Although he can now talk about his mother and father and their relationship in a light-hearted manner, McConaughey was devastated back then when his father passed away while he was in his 20s. It was a moment in his life that changed him.
“A boy loses his father, he quickly becomes a man,” he wrote for People. “I was 22. I remember clearly the sobriety I felt in the pain of my father passing. The sorrow refined me, and I never looked at the world the same again.”
Now that he is a father himself, the award-winning actor can’t think of any other role in his life that’s more important than that of being a parent to his three children, Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, 8.
“Since I was 8 years old, the one thing I’ve always known was I wanted to be a father,” he wrote.
He also told People, “The only thing I ever knew I wanted to be was a father. And it’s remained the pinnacle for me. Being a dad was always my only dream… I can’t think of anything being more important.”
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As he raises his three children with his wife, Camila, he said, “My hope is that our kids are conscientious and confident and autonomous… All three are very, very caring and kind individuals. I can tell you this: I’m happy and confident to say our kids do not question the love we have in our family.