Owen Wilson will take a paternity test to see if he fathered a third child

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Considering his history, Owen Wilson should be a tabloid staple. He’s fathered two sons with two different women, he’s a “confirmed bachelor” who has never been married, he’s dated a handful of high-profile women, he’s got a diverse CV of blockbusters and art films, his Hollywood nickname is “Butterscotch Stallion,” and he’s struggled with mental health issues. So why isn’t he a tabloid staple? Why can we literally go years without gossiping about him or hearing anything about his life? I think it’s a combination of factors – one, he’s a successful white dude with powerful professional allies. Two, he actually seems to be a nice guy who is genuinely well-liked inside and outside of the industry. Three, he lives in Hawaii full-time, and that seems to mean that he’s just not a fixture at Hollywood parties and clubs and such. Well, here’s an annual gossip story about Owen Wilson: he has possibly fathered another child with a third woman.

Owen Wilson could be expecting his third child, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. A woman has approached the Wedding Crashers star, 49, and claimed he is the father of her unborn child, according to a source, and Wilson has volunteered to undergo a paternity test.

“Owen has been a great father to his two boys and has maintained a warm and close relationship with their mothers,” the source tells Us. “Of course if a paternity test establishes that he is the father of another child, he will fulfill all of his obligations to support his child.”

The actor shares his 7-year-old son, Robert Ford, with his ex-girlfriend Jade Duell. He is also the father of 4-year-old son Finn Wilson, whom he welcomed with his ex-girlfriend, Caroline Lindqvist, a personal trainer in January 2014.

[From Us Weekly]

I hate the “he’s going to take a paternity test and then we’ll see” conversation. It feels slut-shaming. That being said, I understand why any guy would want the paternity confirmed, especially if the pregnancy is the result of a more casual sexual relationship (but even then, why not use protection again?). And if Owen is the father, he’ll offer financial support, I’m sure. We really don’t know what he’s like as a father, or how often he sees his sons, because even though he SHOULD be a tabloid staple, he’s not. HOW? He’s becoming like the blonde, American version of Hugh Grant.

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  1. Eric says:

    Just look at the kid’s nose: if it’s misshapen then the kid is Owen’s.

    • Melania says:


      • smcollins says:

        Technically that’s not his “natural” nose. I remember reading that he broke it a couple of times from playing h.s. sports and never got it fixed. It definitely makes his features a bit more unique & quirky.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Exactly! All joking aside, why take a paternity test when all people have to do is look at the baby? If he is the father the newborn should resemble both his/her parents and he or she will have a fusion of the parents looks.

      • Mop top says:

        What? I have two children who look nothing like me or their dad.

      • Lolo86lf says:

        I am sorry but that is physically not possible, your children should have inherited some of your traits as well as their dad’s.

      • Anners says:

        I dunno….I think most newborns look like little old men. Or peanuts. My nephew didn’t really look like anyone until he was 18 months and his features started to solidify – his colouring was all over the place for the first year. I agree with Mop Top – who the kid looks like (or doesn’t) isn’t the best indicator of paternity. I’d go with DNA, too, myself.

      • eto says:

        LOL thank you for the lesson on genetics, Lolo86lf.

      • kacy says:

        Have you not heard of recessive genes??

      • Alyssa Calloway says:

        I don’t look like either of my parents…and I am definitely biologically theirs. Soooo you can’t just look at a kid and be like “Yep! The father is X Guy.” That’s pretty naive.

      • minx says:

        Yes, it is physically possible for kids to look unlike their parents.

      • LT says:

        LOLO86LF – That’s not even remotely accurate. Kids look different from the parents all the time – and kids can look more like other adults more than their own parents.

      • PoliteTeaSipper says:

        You realize all newborns look like tiny aliens, right?

        I don’t look like either of my parents, but I’m a dead ringer for my maternal grandmother.

      • Isa says:

        Lol if I didn’t see my kids being born I would’ve thought they were switched at birth. They look nothing like me and I have darker features many assume are dominate.

  2. BangersandMash says:

    What mental health problems?

    • Lex says:

      Ermmmmm fairly significant ones. Attempted suicide and such. That is what makes me uncomfortable to make him “tabloid staple”.

      • smcollins says:

        I remember that, so awful. That’s most likely why he’s left alone to just live his life, and living in Hawaii certainly helps I’m sure.

      • Carol says:

        @lex I totally agree. I don’t need to hear what’s up with his life actually.

      • Jen says:

        Complete agree, I instantly thought the same thing. I felt the same way about Britney Spears back in the day. This is clearly someone who has struggled, it feels a little heartless to gossip.

    • Seán says:

      He attempted suicide around a decade ago and was / is being treated for depression.

    • magnoliarose says:

      He had some VERY serious drug problems associated with his mental health so that is possibly why he isn’t discussed as much. ?? Idk

      • Bridget says:

        Not only was it the “sad smut”, but I think we can be honest and say that he’s not all that interesting to gossip about. Bro-y guy behaves exactly the way you’d think a bro-y guy would behave. I certainly hope that he’s in a better place now, but Owen Wilson getting a random girl pregnant isn’t nearly as interesting as Hugh Grant and his tandem baby-mamas.

  3. Katherine says:

    Don’t see anything wrong with wanting a paternity test tbh

    • Kitty says:

      Yeah I don’t see how it’s slut shaming to ask for a paternity test. Chances are both him and this lady were sleeping with other people, why not get the dna and figure it out

      • KBeth says:

        I agree, this is not slut shaming.

      • S says:

        Don’t think it’s slut shaming, but do think it’s dumb as hell for a celebrity, or anyone, to not be using protection when having casual sex, or any non-procreation boning that occurs outside a committed, monogamous relationship where birth control is mutually agreed upon and discussed regularly. Like, it’s sooooo easy and simple and important and I just can’t even with how often grow-ass adults with unlimited access and means totally ignore it.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree. If they were in a serious, monogamous relationship, it’d be a little gross to insinuate it may not be him, but this sounds like it was casual fling.

        He’s got more money than your average Joe, of course he should be sure.

      • LT says:

        Agreed – not slut shaming in the slightest bit.

      • Mgsota says:

        Yeah, no slut shaming. A woman might have sex with multiple partners (which does not make her a slut) so a paternity test is needed.

    • Jess says:

      I agree and don’t see how it’s slut shaming at all, I would do the same thing in his shoes. If this was a one night fling I think it’s natural to assume she may have been with other men too, nothing wrong with that if so, it’s her business! Either way, Owen clearly doesn’t like condoms, wonder why he doesn’t just get a vasectomy.

    • aenflex says:

      Yeah, that’s not even slut-shaming. That’s wanting to ensure that the impending child is yours. A woman’s choice and right to have multiple partners, a mans choice and right to proof that any children are his.

  4. HelloSunshine says:

    Is there another response he could have given that confirms he is taking a paternity test? I get that it could be slut shame-y but I think it’s just standard court stuff anyway so he can be sure he’s on the birth certificate and they can nail down custody and support.

  5. Mariposa says:

    It’s weird that he went until his early 40’s without having any accidental kids, and now he has (what sounds like) 2 or 3.

    • WingKingdom says:

      Good point.

      • StormsMama says:

        I don’t think it’s weird bc of a few things:
        1) in his 20s and 30s he was notorious for doing “other” things in the sac. His butterscotch stallion name comes from something he did with girls/his face/their butts. Sorry but it’s true.
        2) he is older now and less career and image driven; not dating actresses; probably content with his position and wealth and therefore way more lazy about birth control
        3) he has two great kids with two cool women so he probably isn’t actively worried

      • tealily says:

        @StormsMama re: #1 — Whoa, never heard that one. I thought it had to do with his tan blondness.

  6. Mia4s says:

    Sorry I don’t see it as slut shaming at all. Two adults having unprotected sex (oh, I’m sure the birth control failed, yeah, that’s it…right) in an uncommitted relationship are absolutely within their right to have such a relationship…but if a child results I think he is obligated to pay support and she is obligated to do what’s necessary to confirm the child is his. Might not be neat and pretty but that’s reality and as fair as it gets.

    Now if we are talking about the fact that two people who don’t know or trust each other enough to assume the paternity is true are most likely having unprotected sex is a dreadful idea. Yeah that’s a good conversation to have….with both of them.

    • Shannon says:

      Birth control can and does fail. I had one child and didn’t plan on having any more; I was on the pill and had to have my wisdom teeth taken out. I wasn’t aware at the time that antibiotics I was taken would weaken the effectiveness of the pill. And now I have two sons lol it’s really not fair to assume no protection was used.

      • Jess says:

        Shannon I also have an birth control/antibiotic child, lol. It definitely fails!! I just think in this case he most likely didn’t use anything. can see maaaaybe one oops baby but 3?! He clearly isn’t using protection with these women!

    • PoliteTeaSipper says:

      Birth control can and does fail.

  7. KNy says:

    Jeebus, wear a condom.

    • Betsy says:

      That’s what I was gonna say. Dude, wrap it up. Or get snipped. Vasectomies can fail, but not often.

  8. sza says:

    There are other hobbies,dude. But if he really is kind and a decent dad and supports the kids, he’s not doing anything illegal. None of these women are saying he forced them (which is sadly a bonus these days) and he seems to be honest about not wanting marriage . If this was a woman who had two different kids to two different men, I wouldn’t say a word, either.

  9. Bridget says:

    Owen isn’t a tabloid staple for one very big reason: his “mental health issues” included a suicide attempt. His issues veered very quickly into “sad smut” (TM Lainey), and of course he also took a big step back when he addressed his depression. Plus, dude just isn’t a particularly interesting gossip subject.

    • ORIGINAL T.C. says:

      TBH, having mental health issues and drug issues doesn’t stop the tabloids. If anything, they do a lot more of concern trolling and people mag would want a cover story of his “survival from suicide”. Think of Britany Spears as a prime example. It seems more a case of him stepping away from the Hollywood life and keeping a low profile for his own mental health. Stars can stay undercover if they want to.

    • raincoaster says:

      He’s interesting material, and there are no shortage of stories, but nobody wants to be responsible for him making another suicide attempt or falling off the wagon (not that he’s still on it, oh far from that, but there’s no money to be made in wishing someone ill when their screen persona is genial).

  10. Cupcake says:

    I’m still loling over “Butterscotch Stallion!”

  11. Louise177 says:

    The only time Owen was really a tabloid staple was when he dated Kate Hudson. Overall I don’t think the general public is interested in him. I’m baffled how asking for a paternity test is slut shaming. It doesn’t sound like they were in a relationship so it makes sense he wants to be sure.

    • LadyT says:

      Simply a scientific answer to an important question. No need to color it otherwise.

  12. Sparkly says:

    I’d never heard the Butterscotch Stallion thing. I would like to know that story. (I hate butterscotch, personally.)

    Birth control methods failing are more common than people realize. Condoms do not offer 100% protection even when worn correctly, and a great many people don’t use them correctly. And they do sometimes break. I had both a condom baby and a pill baby (the health department didn’t inform me about antibiotics making the pill less effective when I caught strep — I found that out after the fact). Luckily, I finally found a method that works for me in the IUD. But it *does* happen more often than you’d think even when people are being careful. I know far too many people with similar stories.

  13. minx says:

    I was watching one of those complete-the-Google-search things with Owen and Ed Helms. I almost felt sorry for OW because he seemed almost…slow witted. Not like he was high, but like he was just hanging on, trying to respond. Ed Helms was fast and funny, so that didn’t help.

  14. Electric Tuba says:

    Very irresponsible behavior. I’m grossed out actually. I just can’t help but think of battle women face right now, you know that whole bodily autonomy and the legal right to govern our our own reproductive systems and we’ve got these idiots who just don’t like the way condoms feel knocking up every star struck fan they meet at a bar.

    Yeah he can afford the kid, sure THEY will be fine. Not the point. Cant stand the societal double standards, hypocrisy, and the glorification of behavior like Owen and grant and Federline and Future and Drake and countless others. A woman with multiple baby fathers outside of Hollywood is heavily looked down upon and regarded as trash.

    Single mothers and Women with multiple baby fathers are the scapegoats for food stamp restrictions, extra taxes on sodas and junk food, blamed as the reason kids join gangs and commit crimes, and are constantly lauded as the very thing tearing the fabric of our society apart. But yeah, good for you Owen. Congrats on your new kid I guess. Go forth and live unscathed by your poor choices.

    • Paleokifaru says:

      None of these relationships seems acrimonious and there have been no accusations of rape so it seems like it was consensual sex and therefore the women ALSO consented to him not wearing a condom. Let’s not take away their agency there.

      • Electric Tuba says:

        No mention of rape, acrimony, or foul play of any sort was mentioned, hinted at, or even slightly implied in any part of my comment.

        Let me be perfectly clear. At no point did I say or suggest the woman did not have a say in protection.

        I said I’m tired of the societal hypocrisy that holds single mothers and women with children of different fathers to a different, harmful standard than they do to others (famous /rich / in a higher rung of society) in their same position in Hollywood.

        I’m saying behavior like this (for men especially) in Hollywood is often glamorized when common people who do this are labeled trash.

        I said the irresponsibility was gross and it made me think of the right over our reproductive system that currently hangs in the balance. Access to birth control is being restricted and access to safe abortions are being restricted for everyday people but these rich people will be fine living with their poor choices. That’s my point.

    • Vernie says:

      Preach! Thank you, Electric Tuba.

    • Save Mueller says:

      I agree with your overall point, but the woman also has a part in the decision to use protection or not. Or birth control failed.

    • tealily says:

      Tell me who is glorifying Wilson, Drake, Federline, or Future, cause I sure ain’t seen it.

  15. Leigh says:

    Just more evidence that we really need a male birth control pill. Take responsibility for your reproductivity, men!

  16. Peg says:

    He have a long way to catch up on Hugh Grant, five children in 6/7 years, no multiples, just two women.
    Saw Hugh Grant being interviewed by Hhoda? and Mel B, she was not as silly as I know she can be, did a good job.
    Hugh was so charismatic, he finally tied the knot, guess the Divine Browns of World are behind him.

  17. saltandpepper says:

    Unprotected sex? Irresponsible behavior by B.S. – who can at least try and be a role model to his fans and not an absent father to his offspring – and the “woman stepping forward” in anticipation. Just use condoms already. Gross.

  18. SJhere says:

    My good grief, how can a multi-millionaire not be using protection? Anybody really?
    Especially if having unprotected casual sex? Are ya kidding me? Have ya seen the STDs out there these days? Yowza!

    Owen may be one of the luckiest guys in the acting world because, IMO, he seems to be a low level talent. One trick pony at best.

    Having now taken a cheap shot at his talent, I will say that a paternity test is not slut shaming. It is a fact of life in this society. I’ve heard several cases in which men were Parenting and supporting “their” child/children, only to learn years later that they in fact we’re not the biological parent.

    • spargel says:

      If you factor in his (some would say impressive) writing credits, his talent goes up a notch. He’s not as dimbulby as he plays.

      Edit: crap, that was for a comment below. Misplaced it. Me the dimbulb. Carry on!

  19. Lea says:

    Honestly, I am always wondering about him, Jude Law, Ryan Philippe, and the many, many sportsmen who keep impregnating women without really meaning to. What do they think ? Why not use protection, especially when this has already happened to you at least once ? And I don’t even wanna know the many stds that are just passed around since nobody seems to be using condoms these days.

  20. SM says:

    What a hot mess. Are all these guys incapable of putting a condom on during the “casual” sex?

  21. tealily says:

    I thought the lack of gossip was mostly to do with his very serious mental health problems and his pretty successful retreat from the public eye. I will never not worry about Owen Wilson.