Chris Pratt has finally responded to the criticism he received for his Instagram ode last year to his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
Although he remained silent at the time, the ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ actor admitted in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine that the backlash from his post “really f— bothered him.”
In November 2021, Pratt shared a photo of Schwarzenegger beaming at him and wrote a loving caption praising her for everything she’s “given” to him – including their “healthy” newborn daughter, Lyla.
Many saw the remark about their baby’s health as an insult to his ex-wife, Anna Faris, and their 9-year-old son, Jack. According to Faris, Jack was born prematurely with a severe cerebral hemorrhage and spent the first month of his life in intensive care.
“I said something like, ‘Find someone who looks at you like my wife looks at me.’ And then I gave her s—in the thing and I said, ‘But I love you. I’m so grateful for my wife — she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter,” Pratt recalled in his Men’s Health Profilewhich came out on Tuesday.
“And then a bunch of articles came out and said, ‘This is so goofy. I can’t believe Chris Pratt would thank her for a in good health daughter when her first child was born premature. It’s such a dig at his ex-wife. ”
In Pratt’s view, the talk surrounding the Instagram post was “f—up.” He said he was worried his son would “read this one day” as it is “set in digital stone”.
“I cried about it,” Pratt told Fitness Magazine. “I hate that these blessings in my life are – for the people close to me – a real burden.”
Pratt – a successful movie star who has no doubt had extensive media training – began to joke that his “publicist would be like, ‘I’m sweating Chris, I’m sweating,'” if they knew he had waded into controversy.
In addition to his Instagram PDA, Pratt has come under fire for his alleged religious beliefs and ties. About three years ago, actor Elliot Page called out the “Guardians of the Galaxy” singer on Twitter for attending a “infamously anti lgbtq” church, referring to Hillsong Church in Los Angeles.
At the time, Pratt denied Page’s accusation and claimed to belong to a church “that opens its doors to absolutely everyone…regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.”
He did not, however, explicitly deny the connection to Hillsong, whose founder, Brian Houston, wrote in a blog post 2015 that the church “does not affirm a gay lifestyle”. According InitiatedPratt is a member of the Zoe Church in LA, which is inspired by Hillsong.
“I’ve never been to Hillsong,” Pratt told Men’s Health. “I’ve never been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from this church.
Reflecting on his pious reputation, Pratt thought he had recently “become the face of religion” in Hollywood while insisting he wasn’t really “a religious person”.
“Religion has been oppressive as f— for a long time,” he said. “I think there’s a difference between being religious – adhering to man-made customs, often appropriating the fear reserved for what I believe to be a very real God – and using it to control people, take money from people, abuse children, steal land, justify hatred.
“It doesn’t matter what it is. The evil that is in every man’s heart has slipped on the back of religion and come with it.