Rebecca Soteros was Paul Walker's girlfriend in the late 1990s, and she got into a legal battle with the late actor's mother over the custody of their daughter, Meadow Walker.
Love stories in Hollywood are often unusual, and the one between "The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker and Rebecca Soteros was no different.
The former couple began dating before Walker shot to stardom, but things were far from perfect. When they welcomed their daughter, Walker was not ready to be a dad, which hurt their relationship. Read on and learn everything about Rebecca Soteros.
Paul Walker on May 7, 2013 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
REBECCA SOTEROS' CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY
Born in 1974, Soteros is not involved in the entertainment industry and prefers to keep most details of her life under wraps. She grew up with her parents, Mark and Julie Ann, and became a school teacher.
At some point, Soteros stopped teaching and moved to Hawaii. However, she eventually returned to California and resumed her teaching career.
Paul Walker on March 17, 2009 in Bochum, Germany | Source: Getty Images
WHY DID REBECCA SOTEROS AND PAUL WALKER'S RELATIONSHIP END?
Walker and Soteros' romance began after meeting in California in early 1998 when he was in his early 20s. He was about to make it big in Hollywood with his remarkable portrayal of Brian O'Conner in 2001's "The Fast and the Furious."
Although Walker began his acting career as a child and landed gigs in "Highway to Heaven" and "The Young and the Restless," his starring role in the "Fast and Furious" film franchise made him an international star.
Soteros and Walker's relationship was short-lived because the late actor was not ready to settle down. The former couple probably didn't have high hopes for their romance, either, and Soteros's pregnancy caught them by surprise.
Walker admitted that learning about Soteros's pregnancy was challenging because he studied at a Christian high school and grew up convinced that moms and dads should be together to raise their kids. Walker explained:
"I was so conflicted. I was one of those ones who believed when you get married it's forever. But I was thinking down the road. I knew where I was at with chicks and having fun."
The "Into the Blue" actor described himself as "an animal" because he even slept with some of Soteros's friends. While the former couple never revealed why they parted ways, everything suggests that the pregnancy and his lack of commitment were the main reasons.
Walker confessed that being absent from his daughter's life made him feel desperate.
Soteros gave birth to her and Walker's daughter, Meadow, in November 1998. She moved to Hawaii and took her daughter with her shortly after.
Walker revealed that although his heart wanted him to be involved in Meadow's life and upbringing, his mind "just [wasn't] following it." He never stopped sending them money, which reduced his feeling of guilt.
The situation changed when Meadow moved back to California in 2011 and began living with Walker full-time. The father-and-daughter duo developed a beautiful bond.
Walker confessed that being absent from his daughter's life made him feel desperate. When he welcomed Meadow back into his life, he learned she was the best partner he had ever had.
Unfortunately, Walker and Meadow did not share enough time because he passed away following a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013. Soteros returned to California with her daughter after Walker's death.
REBECCA SOTEROS DIDN'T RECEIVE PAUL WALKER'S INHERITANCE
Walker's wealth created tension in his family as he left his $25-million estate to Meadow. However, the executor of the actor's will was his father, Paul Walker III.
Paul Walker III asked the court to appoint Walker's mom, Cheryl, as Meadow's legal guardian even though Soteros had kept that role for most of the then 15-year-old teenager's life.
Walker's "Fast and Furious" co-star Vin Diesel [walked Meadow] down the aisle.
The legal battle turned ugly in mid-2014 when Cheryl revealed that Meadow and Soteros lived with her and claimed that Soteros had a drinking problem.
When Cheryl made those claims, Soteros had been arrested on DUI charges twice. Sources close to Soteros pointed out that she didn't have a severe drinking problem and was entirely capable of caring for her daughter.
Cheryl and Soteros' court battle ended in April 2014 when Cheryl dropped her petition after Meadow's mother agreed to complete a rehab program.
REBECCA SOTEROS' DAUGHTER, MEADOW WALKER
Speaking of Meadow, she followed in her dad's footsteps and became part of the entertainment industry. Instead of acting, though, she models.
Meadow has worked for Givenchy and Proenza Schouler. She has also walked the runway for other designers, including Anna Sui, Gabriela Hearst, and Alexander McQueen.
Walker's daughter made headlines in August 2021 when she announced her engagement to actor Louis Thornton-Allan. On October 22, 2021, the couple got married, with Walker's "Fast and Furious" co-star Vin Diesel walking her down the aisle.
It is essential to point out that Diesel is Meadow's godfather and has reportedly been looking out for her since her dad's passing. Meadow considers Diesel and his children part of her family.
WHAT DOES REBECCA SOTEROS DO NOW?
Coming back to Soteros, she has kept herself away from the spotlight after her legal battle with Cheryl. She doesn't seem to have a public social media account and has not given interviews.
Sources report that she stayed in Los Angeles following Walker's death. She resumed her career as a teacher and might be involved in the Paul Walker Foundation, the non-profit organization Meadow established in 2015 to help marine science students and researchers by giving them grants. Rest in peace, legend.
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