By Kathleen Perricone
There are some over-protective fathers … and then, there’s Jerry O’Connell.
The We Are Men star, the father of twins Dolly and Charlie, was inspired to call in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest after he heard our segment questioning the appropriate age to start dating.
“I have two daughters who are 5-years-old, and I have a deal with them — this is not even a joke, I’ve talked to them about this — they are allowed to date … when I’m dead,” insists Jerry. “I say to them, ‘When I die, girls, you can do whatever you want … boys, girls … you can do whatever you want. It’s just, I have to be dead.’”
But Jerry’s wife Rebecca Romijn, is the complete opposite when it comes to raising their daughter.
“My wife is a real ‘I want to talk to them now. They can do what they want, they need to experiment.’ … If you walk to my wife, it’s ‘Whatever they’re comfortable doing … you have to help encourage them to figure out who they are.’ I’m not kidding, if you ask me, never! Ever. When I die!”
So why is Jerry so strict with his daughters? “Probably because I think back to you and I at Saddle Ranch in the late ’90s, and I don’t want those two guys coming up to my girls,” he jokes about his longterm friendship with Ryan.
“We were the nice ones, and I don’t want my daughters talking to you and I, so why shoulf I let them talk to anyone [else]? I’m actually talking to them about the nunnery, going to a convent. They’re going to be nuns this Halloween and I keep telling them how great they look.”
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