Pete Wentz calls his son a “happy accident”

Pete Wentz recently gave a long interview to Details magazine and it’s hard to deny that the guy really is likeable. The interview starts off the article by noting how many people dislike Wentz, and if they want to continue disliking him they should never meet him. He comes across as very open, even with hard stuff that most other people would find embarrassing. Yet he doesn’t really seem self-indulgent when he talks about himself the way some celebs can.

Pete admitted that son Bronx Mowgli wasn’t planned, but phrases it sweetly, calling him a “happy accident.”

And then there’s the ultimate brand extension, the one guaranteed to propel Wentz into a whole new sphere of exposure: Bronx Mowgli Wentz, the son he and his wife, Ashlee Simpson, welcomed into the world on November 20. When Wentz found out Simpson was pregnant, he was in Chile with Fall Out Boy, preparing to play a show in nearby Antarctica. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, this might be the worst possible time to have this conversation,'” he says. Perhaps to make sure the news had sunk in, Simpson promptly e-mailed a snapshot of the pregnancy test. (Us Weekly, eat your heart out). “I was definitely scared,” Wentz says, “just thinking, This is something that’s going to exist for the rest of your life and you can’t f*@& it up.”

Wentz allows that the pregnancy was unplanned. “It was a happy accident,” he says. “But I think that certain things happen for a reason in your life, and maybe it was time to put the wild child in a cage.”

[From Detail]

Emailing a picture of the pregnancy test is a bold move. The odds of that ending up in Star are incredibly high. Pete’s initial reaction seems pretty normal, if a little self-centered. But at least he’s honest. It’s clear he views the accident as a blessing now, and from all the interviews he’s given it sounds like Pete is a great dad who’s crazy about his son. In the Details article he talks about some of the sadder parts of his life, and it really is nice to see that things have turned out so well for him.

Here’s Pete performing at the Chicago Theatre yesterday. Images thanks to WENN.

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  1. photo jojo says:

    My daughter met Pete Wentz and FOB at a signing event, and even though their ‘people’ said they wouldn’t sign anything other than a newly purchased CD, he and the whole band signed my daughter’s guitar. 🙂 Anyone who treats my kid like that is ok in my book.

  2. Baholicious says:

    An “accident” eh? Kids looove hearing that one when they’re old enough to know what’s going on. Another thoughtless remark flying into the ether that can’t be taken back.

  3. Lore says:

    @ Baho: I don’t mind

  4. COG says:

    I think it is refreshingly honest. And anyone that hears that comment understands the sentiment behind it. I was also called a “happy accident” by my dad, and he meant it with the upmost affection. I never took it as a negative thing, just an honest thing.

  5. MomInNH says:

    When I got pregnant with my son I preferred to say that he was a “surprise”. Never an accident. That’s just kind of a heartless, thoughtless thing to say about a child. Buy a thesaurus… There are so many better choices than a freaking accident. Car crashes are accidents, stepping on your cat’s tail is an accident. A pregnancy though?? I’m appalled.

  6. A.J. says:

    A year ago I thought he was just another douchebag. Having a kid has done wonders for this guy.

  7. Bryan says:

    As tempted as I am to jump on the “what a decent guy and great father” bandwagon, the guy named his kid Bronx Mowgli. That cannot be forgiven. Pete doomed his kid to a childhood full of playground beatings just for a little publicity.

  8. california angel says:

    My mom told me that I was an accident and I’m glad that she did because now I know to use alternate (edit) contraception when I’m taking antibiotics in conjunction with birth control. Accidental or not, here I am, I didn’t mind that it turned out that way.

  9. Syko says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with it. If he’d said “disastrous accident” then yes, it would be harsh. But he’s said so much to indicate that he is thrilled with this child. I think a child who feels loved by his parents would have no problem knowing he wasn’t planned.

    And although I am one of the original BADettes, I have to say that Bronx Mowgli isn’t really any worse than Knox Léon or a lot of other celebrikid names.

  10. cc says:

    /shrug…I was an accident and you won’t ever see me crying over the choice of words. An accident is something that happens unintentionally. Sounds right to me. He said happy, to me, that is a thoughtful way to preface it.

    As for the name….whatever.

  11. brista says:

    My favorite quote about oopsie babies:

    D.J.: Was I an accident?

    Roseanne: No, D.J., you were a surprise.

    D.J.: Oh. What’s the difference?

    Roseanne: Well, an accident is something that you would do over again if you had the chance. A surprise is something you didn’t even know you wanted until you got it.

    D.J.: Oh. Was Darlene an accident?

    Dan: No, Darlene was a disaster.

  12. Heather says:

    When Bronx is old I wonder how he will feel when he hears what his father said about him being a “happy mistake.”

    Sweet pics from the show! I opted not to spend a ton of money flying there to see them, instead I decided to see the show on Fuse!

  13. lanette says:

    somebody needs to take the straight iron from Pete.

  14. gg says:

    He would probably think you didn’t quote the article since that’s not what he said.

    Fatherhood, excellent! Let the Pulling Up Of The Pants begin!

    … still waiting on the pants, Peter …

  15. Bodhi says:

    I was a “surprise” too & I think “happy accident” is just as good 🙂

    And as much as I loathe Asslee, I’m kinda digging on Bronx Mowgli. Mostly the Mowgli bit

  16. whatevs says:

    Happy accident isn’t all that bad, if he had just said “accident”, then yeah, people can bitch about that and the poor kid, blah blah blah. But he’s obviously happy about the baby so that’s all that matters.

  17. vdantev says:

    Accident, kinda like his ability to attract a woman.

  18. Kristin says:

    I don’t think accident is bad, it’s not like he called him a mistake.

  19. Ruby says:

    He called his son Happy Accident? I’ve heard some weird celebrity baby names in my time, but…
    ;- )

  20. spoonman says:

    Nothing but class!!!


  21. Sue D. Nimm says:

    I hope ‘put the wild child in a cage’ refers to Pete. 😯

  22. ick says:

    Still don’t like him. My son was a “surprise” but I would never, EVER, call him an accident. He and Asslee are idiots.

    And how wonderful this child with this horrid name shares my bday. Ugh.

  23. Knee says:

    Do people my age know what birth control is anymore!?