Matthew Lawrence ‘didn’t mean to put pressure’ on Chilli by saying he wanted kids

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Last we talked about Matthew Lawrence and Chilli Thomas he was gushing about their amazing relationship to Entertainment Tonight. He also mentioned their plans to have kids when asked, saying, “That’s the game plan. That’s what we’re trying to do.” I said at the time that seemed fast relative to their relationship, but was likely due to their ages — Matthew is 43 and Chilli is 52. Turns out someone else must have thought it was fast because now Matthew is backtracking a little bit.

For Matthew Lawrence, his romance with Chilli was simply meant to be.

But after the two began dating last fall, the Boy Meets World alum, who recently shared his hopes to start a family one day, noted the true timing on their future plans.

“It’s such an interesting story,” he told E! News’ Adrienne Bailon-Houghton and Justin Sylvester. Referring to his older brother Joey Lawrence, he added, “Joe and I were commiserating about this plan that we had to have children together…when we were growing up. And I missed the first go around and now he’s starting a new family and I was thinking, ‘Man, it’d be great if we could do it again, when I didn’t have the chance to raise a family together.'”

“So that’s what I meant by that,” Matthew said of his recent comments on starting a family. “I didn’t mean to put any pressure on somebody I was dating or anything.”

But as Matthew noted, he has no doubt that Chilli—who shares son Tron, 25, with ex Dallas Austin—would be “incredible” if those plans were to happen eventually.

“She’s an amazing person,” the actor shared. “She’s already a mother, she has an incredible son. I respect so much as to how she’s raised him. She’d be an incredible mother again and I’d be incredibly lucky but that’s way in the future.”

[From E! News]

Matthew said all the right things about Chilli here. It is a lot of pressure to put on someone fairly early in a relationship, and public pressure at that. He was asked about it in the initial interview, but he could have deflected a bit in that answer if he hadn’t actually discussed it with Chilli. And as he mentions here, she already has an adult son so maybe she’s not sure about doing it all over again. What Matthew says about Chilli as a mother and her son is really sweet and now he’s doing the caveat that if they have kids she would be a great mom again, but that’s why in the future. I guess he learned from that last interview. But did anyone else think what he said about Joey was a little unintentionally shady? Makes sense that he would be excited at having another opportunity to raise kids alongside his brother. But publicly referring to your brother’s third wife and daughter as their “new family” is a little tactless. I’m sure Matthew didn’t mean anything by it, but I’d be a little peeved if I were Joey, his “new family,” or his second wife and those two kids.

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  1. lola says:

    All I want to know is how Chilli looks like that at 52

  2. Kirsten says:

    If you told me she was 32, I would 100% believe that.

  3. Jessie Paulsen says:

    Is he trying to make us forget he’s a jerk?

  4. HollyGolightly says:

    I saw the comment about the “new family” yesterday and was SO ANNOYED, too! Joey isn’t starting a “new family.” He has a family.

    It annoys me enough when couples talk about “starting a family” as if two people isn’t already a family, but what a hurtful, horrible thing to say. I would hope Joey’s wife loves her stepdaughters and, gasp, considers them part of the family. Something is incredibly wrong if she doesn’t.

    If I was Joey, his wife or his ex-wife, I’d yell at Matthew for that comment.

  5. NMB says:

    I’m a 37 year old mother to a 4 year old. I can’t even imagine doing it again now let alone at 52. Kudos to those braver than I am…. His backtracking must have resulted from a conversation he had with Chilli. Also, if only I could look as amazing at 38 as Chilli does at 52.

    • ama1977 says:

      Seriously, no. I’m 46 with a 10 year-old and a 15 year-old and if I had to go back to diapers right now I would lock myself in the bathroom and refuse to come out. My younger one has a friend her age who is the oldest of 3 and when his youngest sister was born 3 years ago, my daughter started on a campaign for us to have another baby so she could be a big sister. I got the vapors just thinking about it. I cannot imagine at 52 with a full-grown child under my belt!

  6. Christine says:

    I remember thinking he was so cute back in the day, but I can’t find the appeal now. I also think his “when I didn’t have a chance” comments could be a small dig at Cheryl but maybe I’m reading too much into it. I still think this is the weirdest couple ever and I side-eye Chilli a bit for getting together with a public cheater, but to each their own.

  7. solidgold says:

    Wow, Chili is 52?!?! I remember loving “what about your friends…”

  8. arhus says:

    maybe she’s trying ivf and it’s been hard. he may have just been excited.

  9. Thelma says:

    How is Chili 52? Wow..she looks great. And hellooo Jackee. Used to love her in 227.