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Jerry Seinfeld Has 3 Kids Who Say He Is Not 'Nice Enough' — It Took Him 'Years to Warm Up' to Them

Olawale Ogunjimi
Apr 10, 2022
09:30 P.M.
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The world's richest comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, earned his prestige through years of commitment. However, while his excellence as a performer is undeniable, he was not always an impressive parent. Here is what it took him to understand fatherhood.

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Renowned comedian, Actor, Writer, and Producer Jerry Seinfeld is a father to three kids he shares with his author/philanthropist wife, Jessica Seinfeld.

Despite their overwhelming schedules, the duo found a way to protect their marriage and has enjoyed more than two decades of marital bliss.

Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Seinfeld with sons Shepherd and Julian and daughter Sascha at the 3rd Annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink Central Park on June 2, 2009 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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What feels like heaven now for the Seinfelds began at the Reebok gym on the Upper West Side. Jessica, who was going through a difficult period in her life, was approached by a comedian who wanted to make her laugh.

Although she was uninterested in the jokes, Jerry refused to back down. Instead, he pressed on with more jokes and eventually succeeded. While recalling their first meeting, Jessica said:

"He came around again and said something funny, and I actually had to laugh."

Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Children's Defense Fund's Beat the Odds Program at Guastavino's on December 6, 2010 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Two days later, the strangers turned friends. Jessica agreed to step out with Jerry for an HBO special, and in no time, she became comfortable with him.

They would share details about their former relationships. Jessica talked about her failed marriage with Nederlander, her ex-husband, while Jerry consoled her, adding that he broke off an engagement.

The author revealed that her first marriage was broken before meeting the "Seinfeld" sitcom star and advancing their relationship. Jessica's romance with Nederlander was already problematic before their wedding, but she lacked the courage to pull out.

Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Seinfeld with their children Shepherd Seinfeld, Julian Seinfeld, and Sascha Seinfeld attend GOOD+ Foundation's 2017 NY Bash at Victorian Gardens in Central park on May 31, 2017 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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Conversely, Nederlander told a different story about the separation, which he recalled was painful. Jessica's former partner blamed the divorce on his ex-wife's infidelity, adding that the actor and author never respected his marriage. In his words:

"I was manipulated, misled, and completely caught off guard by Jessica's infidelity. Jerry and Jessica have no respect for decent values. They deserve each other."

The controversy surrounding Jerry's newfound romance caused the couple to plan a private wedding ceremony on Christmas day, 1999, in New York City.

JERRY SEINFELD INITIALLY STRUGGLED WITH FATHERHOOD

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Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica Seinfeld with Sascha Seinfeld and Shepherd Seinfeld, attend Good+Foundation 2019 Bash presented by Hearst and Johnson & Johnson with FIJI Water at Victorian Gardens in Central Park, New York. | Source: Getty Images

Despite the drama surrounding their love story, Jerry and Jessica created one of the most adorable families in Hollywood. Their first child, Sascha, came in 2000. Her brother, Julian, followed in 2003, while Shepherd, the family's youngest, was born in 2005.

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Following the birth of their children, Jerry got upset about the change in his schedule. He described life as a comedian with no family, adding that there was freedom of schedule choice.

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But when the kids came into the picture, the scripts flipped, and his days are filled with a more rigid pattern. According to Jerry:

"And when you have a kid, they go to school, and now you're back in that horrible, the-week-begins-on-Monday, ends-on-Friday thing…That structured lifestyle that I escaped."

Jerry was not lying when he shared how the dramatic change affected his routine, and he did not immediately adapt. It took him several years to become an active parent. 

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As usual, the comedian carried on with work, leaving his wife to nurture the children, including being the only active parent in their lives. Jessica, who handled the kids during their early years, remarked that:

"The nicest way to say this is that he wasn't a natural when our kids were born. He wasn't immediately pushing strollers and carrying babies."

Although the children have grown to love their father, they remain his closest critic. During a red carpet interview, the interviewer asked for a hug twice, but Jerry refused, leading him to become a viral sensation in "The Snub Seen 'Round the World" video.

Jerry Seinfeld and Jessica Seinfeld attend the WSJ Mag 2019 Innovator Awards at The Museum of Modern Art, 2019, New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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While the internet laughed about it, his children felt it was an extreme reaction. So they confronted him for being mean, and as expected, the comedian had a ready response. He said:

"They never feel that I am nice enough. But I try to explain to them that I don't owe anybody anything. I gave them the show for free."

IS JERRY SEINFELD BETTER AS A FATHER NOW?

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As he grew older, the father of three learned to "warm up" to his kids. Even though it was hard at first and took a decade to redefine his relationship with them, Jessica thinks her husband is the real deal.

The author admitted that Jerry is an incredible father who exercises patience with the kids and tries to balance their parental responsibilities. In her words:

"He's patient with them. Where I am weaker, he is stronger, and we complement each other. So I wouldn't change anything."

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Despite taking a few years to catch up as a father, Jerry is excited about the lessons learned from being a hands-on parent. In addition, the actor's kids have intensified his belief in superheroes.

The award-winning performer confessed that parenthood reshaped his lifestyle and career. Jerry adopted healthier routines by taking jobs that would not keep him close to his family.

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The "Seinfeld" star confirmed that he adores his unique family and would not wish for a better life irrespective of the bargain associated with parenting. In describing his time with them, he said:

"I love having a family and kids and all the madness. There is no aspect of it I don't like. Even when it's horrible, I love it."

JERRY SEINFELD AND HIS CLAN

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All of Jerry's kids have exceptional traits. But one that proves to be his doppelganger is his daughter, Sascha. The comedian stated that his firstborn inherited his comic genes after confessing her likeness to being funny.

Sascha passionately follows in her dad's footsteps. She already interned at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and worked as an assistant in 2020 during the "Duke Performances."

The 21-year-old has also starred in two films. Apart from her padded resume, Sascha is an active college student at Duke University.

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Her 19-year-old brother, Julian, schools at the same university. Although he is yet to make an acting debut, the young man regularly attends celebrity-studded events with his dad.

Julian is also active on social media, where he shares details of his school life and personal routines with friends and family. Shepherd, the youngest of the brood, lives life off social media.

Not much is known about him, as he has maintained a quiet lifestyle away from the spotlight. At the moment, he is a high school student who enjoys spending time with his family. 

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Photos show the Seinfelds often engaging in fun activities with smiles on their faces. Although they are one big adorable bunch, Jerry revealed that he is not too involved in their school or social life. 

However, the father of three maintains an enviable bond with them, including a close friendship, by using pleasant jokes to communicate and draw details from their lives.

At age 67, Jerry's fatherhood game is as top-notch as his career, and despite the lateness of catching up, the comedian has immersed himself in parenting so that he could easily win an award for his real-life role.

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