“I treasure the family very much”: Pierce Brosnan reflects on his struggle not to have a father figure when he was young, says it has helped him to “value” those close to him

Pierce Brosnan reflected on his struggle with not having a father figure in his life, saying it had made him “value” those close to him.

The actor, 68, spoke candidly in an interview with Gentleman’s Journal for its Summer 2021 issue on Thursday, and explained how his childhood influenced his parenting style.

He said: “I cherish the family very much. I cherish being a father. I didn’t grow up with a father figure or a strong family.

“I cherish the family very much”: Pierce Brosnan reflected on his struggle not to have a father figure when he was young in an interview with Gentleman’s Journal on Thursday

“There was a deep divide, a certain isolation and loneliness that wielded the wonderful power of my imagination. I had to make do with my own senses and intuition.

“So I appreciate and love the family. Keely [Shaye Smith, his wife] is the most amazing mother and wife – I’ve watched her grow up for 27 years, I’ve watched our life together flourish and grow. And there are still many other dreams to be had.

Pierce and Keeley share sons Dylan, 24, and Paris, 20, while the James Bond star also has son Sean, 37, and adopted son Chris, 48, as well as his late adopted daughter Charlotte with his late wife Cassandra Harris.

The actor adopted Cassandra’s children, Chris and Charlotte, after their father Dermot Harris died in 1986.

Candid: Pierce said, 'I cherish family ... I cherish being a father.  I didn't grow up with a father figure or a strong family '(pictured with wife Keeley and sons Dylan and Paris in 2020)

Candid: Pierce said, ‘I cherish family … I cherish being a father. I didn’t grow up with a father figure or a strong family ‘(pictured with wife Keeley and sons Dylan and Paris in 2020)

Gushing: Pierce said his wife Keeley

Gushing: Pierce said his wife Keeley “is the most amazing mother and wife – I’ve watched her grow up for 27 years, I’ve watched our life together flourish and grow”

Cassandra tragically died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43 in 1991, and Charlotte also sadly died of the disease at the age of 42 in 2013.

Pierce’s father, Thomas, abandoned him and his mother May when the actor was a baby, and he’s once admitted he had a “pretty lonely” childhood.

Mum Mia! The star also spoke of her experience during the coronavirus pandemic, saying: “Last summer was actually a great summer as well.

‘Ironically. Because we were confined to the island. I painted, I gardened, I swam. And we did it every day. And Keely would cook meals and we would walk around.

Family: Pierce also has son Sean (R) and adopted son Chris (L) and deceased adopted daughter Charlotte (second from left) with late wife Cassandra Harris (pictured with mother May in 2006)

Family: Pierce also has son Sean (R) and adopted son Chris (L) and deceased adopted daughter Charlotte (second from left) with late wife Cassandra Harris (pictured with mother May in 2006)

“But all of this in the midst of the terrible pandemic and this source of anxiety that people lived with on a daily basis – this heightened awareness of suffering and pain.”

He continued, “I lost two friends to Covid. Dear, dear friends. And yet we were in this kind of idyllic landscape.

“So it wasn’t until after, really, that we felt like we had this amazing summer. I feel gratitude to have had this in my life.

Pierce Brosnan is the star of the Summer 2021 issue of The Gentleman’s Journal. Read the full interview on thegentlemansjournal.com.

Loss: Cassandra (pictured with Pierce in 1983) tragically died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43 in 1991, and Charlotte also died of the disease at the age of 42 in 2013

Loss: Cassandra (pictured with Pierce in 1983) tragically died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43 in 1991, and Charlotte also died of the disease at the age of 42 in 2013



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