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Steven Spielberg doesn’t attend his high-school reunions. After seeing his autobiographical coming-of-age film “The Fabelmans,” it’s easy to understand why.

Drawn from the director’s real-life teen years, the new movie depicts Sam Fabelman — Spielberg’s alter ego, played by Gabriell LaBelle — getting beaten up, enduring anti-Semitic slurs from jeering jocks and feeling brutally alienated.

According to Phil Pennypacker, a classmate of the director’s from Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif., a lot of that was true —only it wasn’t the jocks who went after Spielberg.

“There was a group who were car-club type people; they wore distinctive jackets and drove power cars,” Pennypacker, 75 and living in San Jose, Calif., told The Post. “As I’ve heard it, one or two of those people flipped pennies at Steve and called him ‘Jew boy’ … The anti-Semitic action was despicable.”

The director has said that, while at Saratoga High School in Northern California, he was “smacked and kicked” and, as portrayed in the movie, bullied with anti-Semitic taunts.
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Classmates recall Spielberg being a talented member of the newspaper staff.
Classmates recall Spielberg being a talented member of the newspaper staff.
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Classmate Michael Augustine, a former antiques dealer now living in Portland, Oregon, said he was a friend of Spielberg’s. “People covered their mouths and coughed ‘Jew boy’ as Steve walked by,” he told The Post. “I commented that he should ignore it. But humor was the only way to survive.

“Steve had the greatest sense of humor and was one of the smartest people I knew. He had a total sense of irreverence. Mad magazine was it for him.”

The movie is inspired by Spielberg's growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Saratoga, California.
The movie is inspired by Spielberg’s growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and Saratoga, California.
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As seen in the new movie — which is already tipped as an Oscar contender — Spielberg’s family moved from Phoenix, Ariz., to Saratoga in 1963, during his junior year.

“I got smacked and kicked,” he told the New York Times in 1993, sharing high school memories that led to spilled blood on two occasions. “It was horrible.”

As in real life, the director's alter ego — Sam Fabelman (Gabriel Labelle) — began making films at a young age.
As in real life, the director’s alter ego — Sam Fabelman (Gabriel Labelle) — began making films at a young age.
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The smack-down depicted in the movie, which results in a bloody nose, is administered by jocks who accuse Sam Fabelman of killing Christ. Another classmate, Pete Fallico, who went on to become a jazz DJ in San Mateo, Calif., remembers the bloody nose.

“The person who I heard had bloodied his nose was a troublemaker,” said Fallico, 75, adding that the likely perpetrator is now deceased. “He took five years to get through high school. So he was older than the rest of us.”

Former classmate Phil Pennypacker remembers Spielberg being bullied by members of a car club.
Former classmate Phil Pennypacker remembers Spielberg being bullied by members of a car club.
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Likewise, Pete Fallico recalled a troublemaker who bloodied Spielberg's nose.
Likewise, Pete Fallico recalled a troublemaker who bloodied Spielberg’s nose.
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Fallico isn’t sure it was related to Spielberg being Jewish, though: “If you showed weakness, people picked on you.”

In the movie and in interviews, Spielberg makes himself out to have been the only Jew in the school. He told the website Berhman House that, at Christmas time, while the rest of his family’s block was ablaze in holiday illumination, their home had “nothing a but a porch light on.”

Former pom pom girl Midge Firenzi remembers Spielberg being "not a jock and not a nerd."
Former pom pom girl Midge Firenzi remembers Spielberg being “not a jock and not a nerd.”

Augustine recalls an air of “bitterness” tinged with dry humor about it all. “I asked him what Hanukkah was like, and he responded, ‘You light candles and drink wine. Then you light more candles and drink more wine.’ I told him that there had to be more to it than that. And he said, ‘I hope so.’”

Saratoga classmate Midge Firenzi, 75, who describes herself as a “pompom girl” in high school, told The Post: “There were very few Jewish kids in the school. Maybe there were three or four [out of 276 students] in our class. The school was very WASPy. Almost everyone was blond-haired and blue-eyed.

The director only went to Saratoga High, in Saratoga, California, for his senior year.
The director only went to Saratoga High, in Saratoga, California, for his senior year.

“Steve was suspect,” Firenzi, now a pilates instructor in Cambria, Calif., said. “‘Who is this guy? He’s not a jock and he’s not a nerd.’”

But the future Oscar winner stood out as a member of the student newspaper, the Saratoga Falcon. Fallico remembers him writing snappily about sports, and Pennypacker, who was the front page editor, admired Spielberg’s top-notch photography: “He took pictures at the football games and got great action shots.”

Spielberg was a sports writer for the school's Saratoga Falcon newspaper.
Spielberg was a sports writer for the school’s Saratoga Falcon newspaper.

A key plot point in the second half of the movie is Sam getting hot and heavy with a girlfriend, Monica (Chloe East), who hopes to convert him to Christianity. That may be pure Hollywood fiction, though: No one interviewed by The Post remembers Spielberg having a girlfriend.

On the other hand, the the movie’s climax rings true to Saratoga classmates.

After Spielberg filmed the senior class's "Ditch Day" (above) -- just like in the movie -- it went mysteriously missing years after he became famous.
After Spielberg filmed the senior class’s “Ditch Day” (above) — just like in the movie — it went mysteriously missing years after he became famous.

In “The Fabelmans,” Sam gets sweet teenage redemption when he volunteers to film Ditch Day, where the seniors skip school and head to the beach for fun and sun. When he unveils the movie at a school dance, everyone loves it — except for two of the bullying jocks. One, Logan, is confused as to why Sam would make him look good; the other, Chad, is furious that the film portrays him as bumbling, tipsy and striking out with girls. When the latter attacks Sam, Logan comes to the young filmmaker’s defense and punches out Chad.

“The most vivid memory I have of Steve is him filming us on the beach,” Fallico recalled of what Saratoga students called Cut Day. “He showed us setting up umbrellas and running around in the sand. Steve sped it up like the Keystone Cops. At times, he focused on waves coming in. We later wondered if that what was when he got the idea for ‘Jaws.’”

While Sam Fabelman's girlfriend tries to convert him to Christianity, Spielberg's classmates don't recall him ever having a girlfriend in high school.
While Sam Fabelman’s girlfriend tries to convert him to Christianity, Spielberg’s classmates don’t recall him ever having a girlfriend in high school.
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Added Pennypacker: “For people who didn’t know Steve, watching that film was a lightning bolt moment.”

The movie became a staple of class reunions but mysteriously disappeared after the 2005 get-together. Pennypacker, who went on to become a lawyer and California Superior Court judge, suspects the footage was snatched by someone who recognized its value as a collectible.

"The Fabelmans" depicts Sam getting attacked and in fights, which classmates say really happened to Spielberg.
“The Fabelmans” depicts Sam getting attacked and in fights, which classmates say really happened to Spielberg.

But Fallico wonders if there is more of a Spielbergian plot twist at play. “It’s my assumption that he sent someone down to the high-school office and confiscated the film. He would not want it in the wrong hands. How much do you think it would sell for on eBay?”

As “The Fabelmans” winds down, audiences see college-age Sam living in Hollywood, applying for jobs in the film business and being rejected. Decades after high-school graduation, during a visit to Universal Studios, Pennypacker came across something that shows the scene being pretty true to life. 

Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play versions of Spielberg's parents in the film.
Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play versions of Spielberg’s parents in the film.
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On display is a rejection letter addressed to Spielberg’s father’s home at the time. Written days after his high school graduation, the note reads: “It is unlikely that there will be opportunities for summer employment on the lot.”

But Pennypacker remembered Spielberg proving to be a star even before “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

“He went to Cal State Long Beach for college, came back that summer and, in the school cafeteria, showed a movie he made,” Pennypacker said, although he doesn’t recall the subject matter. “Everyone who saw it went nuts. We all thought he was on his way.”

Nonetheless, Pennypacker added, “He hates our guts. I wrote him a letter when we had our fifth- and tenth-year reunions. He didn’t respond. I think [high school] was a difficult time in his life. I guess he wants to turn the page and leave it behind.”

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TV host Nick Cannon is expecting his 11th and 12th child by two different women – his baby mamas Abby De La Rosa and Alyssa Scott.

In early November 2022, pregnant Alyssa confirmed Nick was the father of her child, just 11 months after they lost their son Zen at age five months due to brain cancer.

On November 9, 2022, pregnant Abby confirmed Nick is the father of her child; they share twins Zillion and Zion, 17 months 

On September 14, 2022, Cannon secretly welcomed his ninth child with 40-year-old model LaNisha Cole, who gave birth to a baby girl, named Onyx Ice Cole Cannon (baby number nine)

Nine days later, baby mama Brittany Bell welcomed his 10th child – son Rise Messiah, born September 23, 2022. 

This came months after welcoming eighth child, a baby son named Legendary Love, with 31-year-old model Bre Tiesi, who revealed on Instagram that she had given birth to their first child together on June 28 in an ‘all natural unmedicated home birth.’ 

Now as Nick awaits the arrival of his 11th and 12th baby, FEMAIL is shining a spotlight on the former America’s Got Talent host’s other children, who will soon be older brothers and sisters to two more babies.  

 

Daughter Monroe and son Moroccan Scott, 11, with ex wife Mariah Carey

Nick and Mariah Carey tied the knot in 2008, and they welcomed the rapper’s first kids on April 30, 2011 – a set of twins named Monroe and Moroccan Scott. The family is pictured in 2018

Nick and Mariah Carey tied the knot on in the Bahamas in 2008, and they welcomed the rapper’s first kids on April 30, 2011 – a set of twins named Monroe and Moroccan Scott.

According to People, Monroe was named after late actress Marilyn Monroe, who was said to be an inspiration to Mariah. They decided not to give her a middle name since Mariah doesn’t have one.

As for Moroccan, the idea for his name came from the Moroccan décor in Mariah’s apartment, which is where Nick proposed to her.

His middle name, Scott, is also Nick’s middle name and his grandmother’s maiden name.

Back in December, in the wake of Zen’s death, Nick spoke out about how hard it was for him to tell the twins, who are now 11 years old, about Zen’s passing – but credited their support, especially Monroe, with helping him get through the tragedy.

He said Monroe is so ‘so pure and so honest,’ and called the 11-year-old his ‘best therapist.’ 

‘Having to explain that to [then]-10-year-olds … is pretty intense,’ he admitted to People.

‘But their understanding and them being there for me probably helped me keep it together as well as really deal with it. Specifically, Roc and Roe. They were there for the entire journey.

‘My daughter, really, she’s so in tune and in line and wise beyond her years. I got a lot of therapists, but she’s probably my best therapist.

‘She keeps me in check. She’s so pure and so honest. To be 10, she asks some really strong and powerful questions.

‘Really, just it’s all out of love. She’s my oldest child. Even though they’re twins, she came out first and she lets everybody know it. She’s helped me keep it strong.’

Back in 2016, after the birth of his second son, Golden, Nick opened up about the twins’ relationship with their younger sibling, and he revealed that they really enjoyed having a little brother.

‘They love hanging out with him, and it is almost like they are more concerned about him having fun than them having fun,’ he gushed to Entertainment Tonight.

‘They are always trying to make them laugh, and he is walking now, so they are trying to get him all the toys.

‘Watching that whole older sibling thing take place, they understand the responsibility of it. They understand that they can teach him things, so it is really cool.’

He also called them ‘geniuses,’ and admitted that he was not happy with how fast they were growing up.

‘I’m fine with my son growing up. It’s my daughter that I have a problem with,’ he joked. ‘I mean, shotgun’s loaded.’

As for how he his ex Mariah were co-parenting the twins, he explained in 2016 that they had come to a place of ‘understanding and unconditional love.’

‘When you come from a place of understanding and unconditional love for so many things, you can’t really go wrong,’ he said.

‘It would be very easy to throw our egos in – what we believe we want to do with our time and effort – but then you step back.

‘When it comes to my kids, it is whatever they want at whatever time, and I build my schedule around it.

‘Those children are the most important thing to both of us. It kind of turned her into this wonderful mother, that I feel like the world started to connect with her on that level.

‘There will always be unconditional love and a great relationship. That is one of my best friends in life, so it is always going to be that.

‘The fact that there is no bad blood and we can still coexist, I think that is the best place for it.’

Sons Golden, five, Rise Messiah, six weeks old and daughter Powerful Queen,  23 months, with Brittany Bell 

Nick and Phoenix Suns dancer Brittany Bell have sons Golden, five, Rise Messiah, six weeks old, and daughter Powerful Queen, 23 months, together. They are pictured here  in 2021

Nick and Phoenix Suns dancer Brittany Bell have sons Golden, five, Rise Messiah, six weeks old, and daughter Powerful Queen, 23 months, together. They are pictured here  in 2021

After his split from Mariah, Nick dated Phoenix Suns dancer Brittany Bell on-and-off for years.

They welcomed a son together, named Golden Sagon, on February 21, 2017.

At the time, Nick gushed on Instagram, ‘Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning!

‘No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! Welcome to Earth, son. #TrueHappiness #Awakened.’ 

Reports came out that the couple had split after that, but in November 2020, they were seen walking hand-in-hand at his 33rd birthday celebration – with Brittany sporting a growing baby bump.

They then welcomed their second child, Powerful Queen, in December 2020.

‘The best gift ever,’ Brittany, who is also a model, shared on Instagram at the time.

‘We have been surprised with… A GIRL! Powerful Queen Cannon came this week, perfect timing for Christmas.

‘So much more to share. All I can say is that Nick was my rock through the most intense yet empowering natural water birth.

‘It was nothing but POWERFUL. Merry Christmas! THANK YOU GOD.’ 

One month later, Nick was asked by Power 106 radio hosts if her pregnancy had been an ‘accident,’ and he insisted that it was not. 

‘I’m having these kids on purpose,’ he said. ‘I didn’t have no accident. [There were] a lot of people that I could’ve gotten pregnant that I didn’t. You only live once.’

In December 2021, just after Powerful Queen’s first birthday, the Masked Singer host couldn’t stop raving over how smart she was on Instagram.

He shared a clip of her saying words like ‘nose, cat, dog, and tree’ while he held up flashcards for her.

‘Wow! Look at this brilliant baby!’ he captioned it. ‘They got mad when we named her POWERFUL QUEEN! Y’all lucky I didn’t go with my other choice GENIUS EMPRESS!

‘LOL. I can’t take any of the credit here though! That’s all her amazing mommy.’

On September 23, 2022, Nick and Brittany welcomed their third child together, son Rise Messiah, weighing in at 10lbs. 

Sons Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir, 17 months, with Abby De La Rosa – and another baby on the way

Nick and Abby De La Rosa, who is a DJ and broadcast professional, kept their relationship a secret until they announced that they were expecting twin boys together in April 2021 - they are now expecting another baby

Nick and Abby De La Rosa, who is a DJ and broadcast professional, kept their relationship a secret until they announced that they were expecting twin boys together in April 2021 – they are now expecting another baby

The boys - who they named named Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir - were born on June 14, 2021. They are pictured in December 2021

The boys – who they named named Zion Mixolydian and Zillion Heir – were born on June 14, 2021. They are pictured in December 2021

Nick and Abby, who is a DJ and broadcast professional, kept their relationship a secret until they announced that they were expecting twin boys together in April 2021.

‘Our dearest sons – my miracle babies, thank you for choosing me to be your mommy,’ Abby wrote on Instagram at the time, in a now-deleted post.

‘I know the Lord has destined me and prepared me for the gift of not one but two little angels.

‘I pray that God gives you both the strength to walk brave and boldly in your individual truth just like your daddy… That God bless you and your brother and guide you into living out your full purpose.

‘Your dad and I will always be here for you both; in complete unison and support.

‘No matter what this world may throw your way, know that forgiveness is key and what is for you – is for YOU! You both are already so loved and we can’t wait to meet you both.’ 

The boys – who they named named Zion and Zillion – were born on June 14, 2021.

In an Instagram Q&A, Abby later revealed that she and Nick accidentally got pregnant in April 2020, but sadly, they lost that baby. Then, they became focused on getting pregnant again. 

‘First pregnancy, April 2020, was definitely not planned, but Nick was such a great friend to me and just so good to me, and then our focus became to have a baby,’ she explained. ‘Little did we know we would end up having twins.

‘Let me just add that this planning wasn’t like us sitting down with a calendar and being like, “You gotta be pregnant by this date.” It had already been a thought and it happened.

‘It had already been out there, it was something we were manifesting and we were just letting it flow.’ 

Now, they are gearing up to welcome their third child together, whose gender is unknown. 

On November 9, 2022, pregnant Abby confirmed Nick was the father of her unborn child – his 12th child once it is born.

Newborn son Legendary Love with Bre Tiesi 

Nick Cannon has become a father for the eighth time after welcoming his first child with model Bre Tiesi, 31, a baby boy named Legendary Love (pictured) - while still awaiting the arrival of his ninth baby with a fifth woman

Nick Cannon has become a father for the eighth time after welcoming his first child with model Bre Tiesi, 31, a baby boy named Legendary Love (pictured) – while still awaiting the arrival of his ninth baby with a fifth woman  

Nick first revealed that he was expecting an eighth child with model girlfriend Bre, 31, back in January, when the couple were seen attending a gender reveal to celebrate the news that they were having a baby boy together. 

He then shared the happy news on an episode of his since-canceled talk show The Nick Cannon Show, saying at the time: ‘It’s a boy! We found out yesterday. Everyone knows I have a lot of children. It’s never a competition. Each one is special.’

Bre took to Instagram to announce the birth of the couple’s son, Legendary Love, on Monday, revealing in a candid post that their baby had arrived in an ‘all natural unmedicated home birth’, while heaping praise on Nick for ‘showing the f up’ and being ‘an amazing and supportive partner’. 

‘I did it,’ she wrote, while sharing several black-and-white photos taken during her labor and birth. ‘An all natural unmedicated home birth. 

‘This was the most humbling / limit pushing yet awakening and completely empowering experience. I can’t thank my team enough for delivering my son safely. This experience has changed me forever and I couldn’t [have] asked for a more amazing and supportive partner. 

‘Daddy showed the f up for us… I couldn’t [have] done it without you. I can’t believe he’s here.’

Images taken during the birth show Nick caring for his partner during her labor, even taking a bath with her at one point, possibly to try and ease her contraction pain. 

A photo of the proud mom and dad with their newborn baby also shows Nick cutting his son’s umbilical chord, while wrapping a protective arm around his son and partner Bre, who also shared video footage from her birth on YouTube. 

‘The vlog of my birth is now live on my YouTube,’ she revealed. ‘I have documented my pregnancy, natural induction, labor, delivery as well as more information and resources for doulas midwife’s and hypno birthing. It’s real raw and I hope It helps anyone considering an unmedicated home birth.’

In her YouTube video, Bre documented her experience of labor, sharing clips of herself trying to work through the pain of her contractions and impending delivery – with Nick by her side the whole time. 

The new mom revealed that the couple’s son Legendary Love weighed 8lbs 10oz at birth and measured at 21 inches, adding in an intro slide: ‘Trigger warning. This video is quite intense. It is my real and raw natural birth experience with a lot of screaming and [it] is a little graphic. 

‘Viewer discretion advised.’ 

She also revealed that the couple had something of a scare during the birth, explaining that her son had a ‘long crown’ because his hand was up by his ear when he was born – a condition known as nucal hand. 

‘So he needed a little respiratory support from [my midwife],’ she wrote. ‘I noticed he wasn’t crying…’ 

Daughter Onyx with LaNisha Cole

Adding to the brood: Nick Cannon made the surprise announcement that he had welcomed his ninth child with his tenth and 11th children still on the way as he shared this family snap featuring 40-year-old model and new mom Lanisha Cole

Adding to the brood: Nick Cannon made the surprise announcement that he had welcomed his ninth child with his tenth and 11th children still on the way as he shared this family snap featuring 40-year-old model and new mom Lanisha Cole

Nick Cannon made the surprise announcement that he had welcomed his ninth child 

The actor, 41, shocked fans as he took to Instagram in September 2022 to announce that he had welcomed a child with 40-year-old model LaNisha Cole.

He shared a snap of the proud new parents with the bundle of joy – a daughter – with a lengthy caption which revealed the child’s name is Onyx Ice Cole Cannon, born on September 14, 2022.

The lengthy caption began: ‘Introducing ONYX ICE COLE CANNON… Once again Today I am in Awe of the Devine Feminine! God has given me and @MissLanishaCole the privilege of hosting an Angel here on earth. I vow to protect, provide, guide and love this child to the best of my abilities.’ 

As he has impregnated several women over the years, he went on to explain that though he as skin thick enough to deal with the criticism, it doesn’t exactly run in his family.

 He wrote: ‘As we all know I am not easily triggered and have quite tough skin and have always been an open book but not everyone in my family has that same level of strength. So I pray and ask others to please project all criticism and cynicism towards ME and not the loving and precious Mothers of my children.’

Nick was romantically linked to LaNisha in February 2021 as she shared a now deleted video of him in a room filled with balloons, however, they split at the end of the month.

LaNisha is an American fashion model who was best known for her eight seasons as a rotating model on The Price Is Right hosted by Bob Barker then Drew Carey.

Son Zen with Alyssa Scott

Nick met Alyssa Scott when they both starred in MTV's Wild 'N Out. Years later - in January 2021 - they announced that they were having a baby together

Nick met Alyssa Scott when they both starred in MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. Years later – in January 2021 – they announced that they were having a baby together

Nick met Alyssa Scott when they both starred in MTV’s Wild ‘N Out. Years later – in January 2021 – they announced that they were having a baby together.

Their son, Zen, was born on June 23, 2021, with Alyssa writing at the time, ‘I will love you for eternity.’

But when the baby was two months old, they noticed he had come down with a cough that wouldn’t go away, and decided to have it checked out by doctors.

‘I always noticed he had a cough and so I wanted to check it out,’ Nick later said on The Nick Cannon Show.  

‘He had this interesting breathing and by the time he was two months, I noticed he had this nice sized head too, we called it a Cannon head.

‘We didn’t think anything of it, but I wanted to take him to the doctor for his sinus and breathing.’

After taking the newborn in for a ‘routine’ checkup, they were told he had a malignant tumor and needed emergency surgery immediately. 

He had also developed hydrocephalus – a condition where fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain causing the head to increase in size and ultimately putting pressure on the brain. 

He unfortunately passed away on December 5, 2021 – spending his last moments by the ocean.

He unfortunately passed away on December 5, 2021 - spending his last moments by the ocean

He unfortunately passed away on December 5, 2021 – spending his last moments by the ocean 

‘He was the most loving. We called him Z Chilling. He was always smiling. He had the most beautiful spirit,’ Nick said after his death.

On the Today show, Nick praised Alyssa – ‘who carried a beautiful child for nine months and nurtured and cared for him every single day through this process’ – for her ‘strength.’

‘[Alyssa] is strong,’ he said. ‘She is definitely one of the strongest individuals I’ve known.

‘I couldn’t imagine – I mean, as a father, it’s painful, but for a mother who carried a beautiful child for nine months and nurtured and cared for him every single day through this process.

‘There were so many medicines and so many trips to the hospital and the doctor, and also she’s a mother-of-two so to watch her go through this…’ 

At the time, he said he was using his faith and therapy to get through the immense loss. 

‘I’m taking it – as my therapist says – five minutes at a time, but I’m optimistic in finding the purpose through all of the pain, so I’m attempting to smile, I’m attempting to be the high-frequency individual that I’ve set out to be, but along the way there’s definitely some curves in the journey, so I’m taking it five minutes at a time.

‘Honestly [there] was a lot of fear involved [in telling people about Zen’s death]. I’m so used to being upbeat and outspoken and even vulnerable at times, where I’ll talk about anything.

‘But this was probably the most delicate and the most precious thing I’ve ever had to talk about.

‘And I didn’t know how to talk about it, I never imagined having to be in this scenario, so as much as it was such an outpouring of love, there was a lot of fear, there was obviously some hurt.

‘I wanted to be the protector as well for all of the rest of my family, Alyssa and [everyone], so I wanted… It’s a very delicate thing, even when talking about this.

At the time, he said he was using his faith and therapy to get through the immense loss

At the time, he said he was using his faith and therapy to get through the immense loss

In January 2022, the star admitted that he was 'still missing his little dude' Zen, while sharing a throwback photo of Moroccan, Zion, Zillion, and Monroe sitting with him, as he held Zen

In January 2022, the star admitted that he was ‘still missing his little dude’ Zen, while sharing a throwback photo of Moroccan, Zion, Zillion, and Monroe sitting with him, as he held Zen

‘And that’s coming from a person who is used to talking to people each and every day live here on television. It’s scary.’

After the tragic passing, Nick opened up about the ‘guilt’ he felt about having to divide his time between working and being a dad.

‘I’m a father, first and foremost. There’s a lot of guilt that I feel and I talk about this in therapy all the time,’ he admitted.

‘It’s rooted in not having enough time to spend with my loved ones, specifically my children, because I have a lot of children.

‘I’m also spread so thin in my work because that’s how I cope. That’s how I deal with things.

‘I have several jobs and several shows and movies and music, all that stuff. And I call myself a provider for many, but one thing no matter how much money I generate, one thing I can’t generate is time.

‘It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. And it’s really just having quality moments with my children, quality moments with my family.

‘Had a lot of quality moments with Zen in his short time here. I always say time is a manmade thing, but love and energy is a godsend.’

In January 2022, just days before his and Bre’s gender reveal party, the star admitted that he was ‘still missing his little dude’ Zen in an emotional Instagram post.

‘Still missing my little dude… His spirit and brightness were so strong #ZensLight,’ he captioned a throwback snap that showed Moroccan, Zion, Zillion, and Monroe sitting with him, as he held Zen.

He added: ‘The whole family, we ALL miss you young King! Forever Our Angel!’ 

In early November, pregnant Alyssa confirmed Nick was the father of her unborn child – his 11th child once it is born. 

 



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