‘It could be as difficult as it wasn’t’

‘It could be as difficult as it wasn’t’

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Brian Austin Green was 29 when his eldest son, Cassius, was born; his youngest, Zane, arrived last June, a few weeks before the actor turned 49.

Speaking to Yahoo Life’s So Mini Ways, the first one Beverly Hills, 90210 star and father of five says he finds fatherhood different as an older dad.

“At 49, I obviously don’t have the same physical ability to be as hands-on as I was when I was younger,” says Green, crediting Zane’s “amazing mother”, dancer Sharna Burgess from Dancing With The Stars Heroes. “Sharna is such a partner in all of it that it’s just been so enjoyable.”

Brian Austin Green welcomes his five children and prioritizes his health.  (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

Brian Austin Green welcomes his five children and prioritizes his health. (Photo: Getty; designed by Quinn Lemmers)

Green is also lucky that there is no sibling drama within his modern family. As well as almost 3-month-old Zane and 20-year-old Cassius, whose mum is actress Vanessa Marcil, he shares Noah, 9, Bodhi, 8, and Journey, 6, with ex-wife Megan Fox.

“Every one of them is so obsessed with Zane and just in love with him,” says Green. “And there was no difficulty in that at all; there was no friction in the situation. Things that could have happened naturally and having a child with someone new – I mean the younger children , because there is a new one they are not completely related to blood on both sides – it could be as difficult as it was not. .”

As far as his parenting style, the TV star says that while he is not afraid to be a disciplinarian, he firmly believes in giving his children the freedom to be themselves.

“These kids are not mine,” he says. “I don’t want to force my passions on them or the things that bother me. I love that they are individuals and I love helping them find their individuality, their passions and what makes them tick. I think that’s my job as a parent is to make sure, morally, that they are good people when they grow up.”

This is his parenting philosophy: “Just love the kids,” says Green. “Accept them as they are and be loving and kind and supportive of everything they do. Don’t let your own experiences in your own life get in the way of letting them experience and live their lives. Be right enough to step back a little and not micromanaging the situation.”

He points to his older son Cassius as proof that he has done something right.

“I feel so blessed and I’m so excited watching him launch himself into the world. Hearing from people like, ‘Oh, I met him, and he’s just a great person,’ – I think, OK, that’s one down,” he said. “I’ve done well with one so far, so four more to go. If it is any kind [testament] on what I’m doing and what I’ve done, so so far so good. It seems to be working.”

The Father wanted Green to prioritize his health so that he can be there for his children. Since his early 30s the actor has had ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract and is linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, although he admits he hasn’t always been proactive about go under annual exhibitions. He’s now partnered with Ag Frath on his Stand Strong For Men’s Health campaign, in which a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Prostate Cancer Foundation from now until the end of November.

“I didn’t take my health that seriously as far as annual screenings and all that,” admits Green, who recently completed a prostate antigen (PSA) test as part of the campaign. “And there was a bit of a stigma for me doing a prostate exam because it felt very invasive at the time. But that was before this PSA test that’s possible now; it’s a simple blood draw.”

One in eight men in the United States is diagnosed with prostate cancer, which Green says “could affect me and my family and my children — and I personally want to be here as long as I can for them.”

Although Green says her ulcerative colitis only flares up every two to three years, one particularly debilitating episode occurred midway through Burgess’ pregnancy earlier this year. The ex-teen heartthrob was in bed for more than six weeks and lost 20 pounds. That, along with neurological issues Green has dealt with in the past, has played into the importance of staying healthy.

“I have five kids,” he says. “I’m 49 years old. At some point I have to stop feeling like I’m a superhero and nothing will affect me.”

—Video produced by Kat Vasquez

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