Meet Kevin Costner's Love Child Who Influenced The Life Of All Of His 6 Children
Kevin Costner is a well-known leading man onscreen and a charmer behind the camera, but what matters to the A-list celebrity the most is his seven children.
As a successful A-lister in Hollywood, Kevin Costner made headlines for his high-profile romances over the years, including a paternity denial. How did the actor's life influence his relationship with his children?
At the head of a big blended family, Kevin Costner has gone through marriage, divorce, dating beautiful women, and raising children while never giving up on love.
WHAT MATTERS MOST
The 63-year-old star has won many words, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Emmy Award.
For Kevin, however, the most important role is that of fatherhood. He's most proud of being a father to daughters Annie, Lily, and Grace; and sons Joe, Liam, Cayden, and Hayes.
They are his children from three different relationships and range in ages from 8 to 34. These factors have made it difficult for the star and his children to maintain a healthy relationship.
Attempting to manage a very demanding career and maintaining a bond with his children, who are very diverse in age and family structure, is challenging.
Despite the big differences between his children's mothers and their ages, the actor works fervently in his relationship with each of them. A relaxed family man, Costner enjoys time at his Aspen ranch with his family.
FIRST MARRIAGE TO CINDY SILVIA
Initially, Kevin found love at a young age. He married Cindy Silvia, a California State University Fullerton student after they started dating while in college.
On their first date, the actor knew he would spend the rest of his life with her and took her to see his parents.
Two years later, they tied the knot. It took nine years before they became parents to a daughter named Annie, and sister Lily joined the family in 1986.
Their first son, Joseph, came into the world two years after Lily was born. But then rumors of Costner's extramarital affairs showed the cracks in his relationship with Silvia.
The pair ultimately divorced in 1994, and some of the women Costner had allegedly had affairs with ended up writing memoirs about their time with the star. One of the women was Bobbie Jean Brown.
Brown was a budding actress and model, and she rose to fame in Warrant's music video, "Cherry Pie," and she left no detail untold in her book titled "Dirty Rocker Boys: Love And Lust On The Sunset Strip."
A woman named Peggy Trentini also wrote a memoir about her life, including her relationship with Kevin Costner, which she called "Once Upon A Star: Celebrity Kiss And Tell Stories."
In 1995, Kevin was seen on a date with the Sports Illustrated model Angie Everheart and spotted out on the town with Journalist Joan Lunden. Alas, the relationship was cut short because of the constant unwanted media attention.
After Kevin's highly publicized divorce from Cindy, he went on to date a variety of women. He soon found love in the arms of Bridget Rooney.
Bridget is a businesswoman whose family owns and operates the NFL team and franchise the Pittsburgh Steelers. She also made a movie in 2011, "Zombie Or Not Zombie."
In November 1996, Bridget gave birth to their son Liam, but Costner spent years unconvinced that he is the father. Consequently, the actor and his son had a rocky relationship during earlier years.
However, Costner's perspective changed once Bridget forced him to take a paternity test, but their relationship didn't last. Costner didn't stay single for long.
Following a brief romance with Birgit Cunnigham, Costner dated the model Elle Macpherson, and they even moved in together in 1996. Months later, their relationship ended.
ANOTHER CHANCE AT LOVE
The 'Yellowstone' star remained single for quite some time until he met Christine Baumgartner. After his series of unsuccessful flings, Kevin encountered what he labeled true love.
His new relationship with Christine Baumgartner consisted of four long years of dating. In 2004 the pair tied the knot at Kevin's 165-acre ranch in Aspen. However, the love birds, who have been married for 15 years, did not always see eye to eye.
The actor and handbag designer almost ended their relationship while dating because Kevin didn't want to have kids. However, Christine told him that she would wait around for him to come back to his senses.
He confessed to Parade in 2012, "She said, 'I’m going to wait for you, but not long. When you come to your senses, come back to me. And I did."
The pair are still together and have three beautiful children. But due to the award-winning actor's complicated love life, things aren't always so easy.
THE IMPACT ON HIS CHILDREN
Costner once said that having three sets of children could be very difficult, but he wouldn't have it any other way.
He explained that as his children interact together, there's always a little bit of, "Do you care for us now as much as you do them?' That's just a natural thing that happens, and you have to talk about how big love is."
The "Hidden Figures" actor continued to remind his older children not to get jealous when giving more attention to their younger siblings because they also got more attention at that age.
HIS CHILDREN ARE HIS PRIORITY
Although the father of seven sometimes struggles with his role, his children remain the most important thing in his life.
In 2015, when Costner accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, he thanked his children for turning his dream of becoming a movie star into reality and said:
"My children have always been bigger than the movies. They've always been more important. It's because of them that I've been able to do what I love."
KEVIN'S ROAD TO STARDOM
Kevin's bid to become an actor made him take acting classes five times a week during his university studies. While he was still trying to make ends meet, Kevin settled for giving bus tours of star homes in Los Angeles.
But success soon came his way. The Hollywood icon's first movie was "Sizzle Beach." However, his breakthrough role came in "No Way Out," wherein he played the role of Eliot Ness in "The Untouchables."
RISE AND FALL OF HIS CAREER
Kevin starred in "The Untouchables" in 1987 alongside Robert De Niro and Sean Connery. The movie catapulted him into the spotlight.
"Field of Dreams" came in 1988, and it also made huge sales. In contrast to his other movies, the 1990 film "Revenge" didn't create as much buzz as the first two.
Another excellent move for Kevin career-wise was to direct "Dance With The Wolves," as the film made over $200 million at the box office.
"A Perfect World" failed to impress at the box-office, and so did "Wyatt Earp," but Costner can now be seen in the top-rated series "Yellowstone," wherein he stars as the head of the Dutton family.
KEVIN OFF SCREEN
As a die-hard Arsenal soccer fan, Costner once took an exclusive flight to see their league match in 2003. The actor's skill on a horse in "Yellowstone" shows his love for riding, and the ladies showed their love for him in 1995.
Costner made it onto Empire Magazine's list of 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History, but he made more headlines with his very expensive divorce from Cindy Silva.
In 2007, their divorce was listed as the fifth most costly celebrity divorce with a settlement of close to $80 million.
Considering all the hard work he puts into being a good father while still maintaining his acting career, the actor is truly a man of many different talents.
Despite his rocky past relationships, the family man seems to have settled down and is steadily leaving behind a stellar on and off-screen legacy.