Actor Colin Farrell says his children are his ‘priority’
Actor Colin Farrell arrives on the red carpet during the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, August 24, 2012 11:12AM EDT
Colin Farrell's children are his "priority."
The 'Total Recall' actor -- who has sons James, nine, and two-year-old Henry from previous relationships -- insists his "bad boy days" are now behind him and his loved ones will always come first.
Farrell told German magazine In: "My family, my friends and my two wonderful children are my priority right now. Being a father has enriched my life immensely.
“I’ve become wiser and more mature with the years. My bad boy days are definitely over. You learn from your mistakes.”
Farrell, 36, insists he is currently happy to be single but won't rule out embarking on a new romance.
He said: “To be honest, I’m not looking for a woman at the moment. But if it happens, it happens.”
The Irish actor recently admitted he initially resisted settling down when he had children but soon learned he needed to be a dad not a "friend" to his kids.
Farrell said: "People say having children changes you, doesn't it? Unfortunately not. You can go around the world and see stories where it doesn't change people. You have to allow it to invite the change in.
"So the first three years of James's life was me going I'm not going to change. I'm just going to be his friend -- we're going to be pals.
"But that didn't work out so well. And then based on a couple of life changes I made myself I thought, 'Why am I fighting change?' "
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