Andrew Garfield detailed the “societal” pressure he felt to have children before he was 40.
The actor, 39, opened up about his concerns with Britain’s GQ, admitting he struggled to accept that his life was going on a ‘different path’.
The Spider-Man star — who reportedly rekindled his romance with ex-girlfriend Alyssa Miller in March — continued to express his displeasure that his mother, Lynn, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2019, had not been given a chance to meet any grandchildren.
Candid: Andrew Garfield, 39, detailed the pressure he felt having children before the age of 40 and the pain his late mother would never meet her grandchildren as he poses in a shirtless GQ spread
Along with a surprising snap that saw Andrew don a T-shirt, he explained: “Freeing myself from the societal obligation to procreate by the time I turn 40 was an interesting thing for me… Where do I begin why hasn’t it happened?”
It is about accepting a different path than what was expected of me from birth. By this time you will have done this, and you will have at least one child – that sort of thing.
I guess I have some guilt about that. And it is clearly easier for me as a man … ”
Speaking out: The actor, 39, opened up about his concerns with British GQ, admitting he struggled to accept that his life was going on a ‘different path’
Andrew’s relationship status is currently unclear.
Earlier this year, the actor reportedly broke up with model Alyssa, 32. However, in April they were said to have rekindled their romance with Andrew He took a “break” from Hollywood for “a month or two” amid allegations that he was planning a break to settle down.
He has not publicly commented on his relationship status nor has he shed any further light in his interview with GQ.
ON/OFF: L Earlier this year, the actor was said to have split from model Alyssa Miller, 32. However, in April they were said to have rekindled their romance
Elsewhere in the chat, he is He gave details of his pain at learning that his late mother would not have the opportunity to meet his children.
He said: Life seems to be a perpetual practice of letting valuable things go. Giving up an idea of what something should look, feel, or look like.
This is a big one [to let go of], because of course I would have loved my mother to meet my children, if I were to have children. And you will. by spirit. You will be there for it. I know she is out there, for all the adults.
‘But yes.’ Life, life, life. life in power. we will see. We’ll see what happens. I’m curious.’
Andrew’s mother died shortly after his theatrical stint on Angels in America and before he began filming his Oscar-nominated role in Tick, Tick… Boom!
Revealing the effect his roles had on his grief, he explained, ‘This play, I think, really starts to break me up. Then my mom gets sick. And she’s like, “Oh, right.” I was preparing for something.
The person who found me doesn’t exist anymore. It felt like it was all connected. die small. She died at the age of 69.
“Tick, tick… Boom! It became the kind of place where she kept singing her unfinished song, to somehow keep her song alive.”
Not connected? Andrew has not publicly commented on his relationship status nor shed any further light in his interview with GQ (pictured earlier this month)
Elaborating on the ways in which his father dealt with his grief, he added: “My father, now, I think, is only meant to tend to his back garden.
He had lost his wife, and I think all he intended to do now, mostly–it would make me cry–was to play with his grandchildren, and set up this back garden.
He has turned it into a subtropical jungle. It has a water feature and a moat. He got mad, because sadness would make you do it, but he went for beauty, nature, and self-calmness.
The December/January issue of British GQ is available on newsstands and via digital downloads on Tuesday 29 November.
Andrew will be roasting at GQ’s 25th annual Men of the Year celebration in collaboration with BOSS, on Wednesday, November 16.
Sad: Andrew Lane’s mother died of pancreatic cancer in 2019, shortly before he began filming for his Oscar-nominated role in Tick, Tick… Boom! (Pictured with Lynn and Abi Richard in 2018)
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