I wasn’t anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it.
I wasn’t sure how my dad would react. There was an agent sitting behind them and he told me he was embarrassed to watch the scenes. My parents have always been very open. They trust my decisions.
I watched Italia ’90 with my Mum and Dad and my brother you know leaping around the house when the penalties were on… It would be great to be part of that to have that kind of impact.
I was lucky to have my dad in my life. As crazy as things got I always had him to put his hand on my shoulder.
I was a sickly baby and after two sets of adoptive parents took me home they returned me to the orphanage because of a serious respiratory infection. But as they say the third time’s a charm because my mom and dad adopted me and took me into their home where I was raised in a family full of love.
I was always embarrassed because my dad wore a suit and my mother wore flat pumps and a cozy jumper while my friends’ parents were punks or hippies.
I used to listen to my dad a lot as a way of trying to be close to him as well because my parents were divorced and I didn’t spend that much time with him. And I used to put headphones on and listen to my dad talk and sing and I found that quite… bonding with him in a weird way.
I think my dad has helped me tremendously.
I think my dad is the only Arabic descendent who is an unsuccessful businessman.
I sort of always had an inkling towards some kind of an art form. I grew up in a very small town and I just figure-skated. My dad played hockey and I was surrounded by sports but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. I wasn’t totally fulfilled and I did a lot of skating.