Owen Wilson has a reputation for playing lovable, laid-back leading men on screen, but his ex-girlfriend claims that things are much different when the cameras stop rolling.
Varunie Vongsvirates dated the actor off and on for 5 years and gave birth to their daughter, Lyla, in October 2018. Now, she’s saying that although he “helps out financially,” Owen has never even met Lyla.
Varunie told The Daily Mail that “Lyla needs a father. It’s ironic how [Owen] keeps getting these father roles, he’s playing a father in his new movie, and he’s never met his own daughter.”
Owen Wilson has 3 children by different mothers. In addition to Varunie and baby Lyla, he also has a son (born in 2011) named Robert with Jade Duell and another son named Finn (born in 2014) with personal trainer Caroline Lindqvist, who was married to someone else at the time.
Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Although Owen maintains a relationship with his sons–and was gushing about them to Ellen DeGeneres as recently as 2017–he apparently doesn’t want to see his daughter.
When Varunie found out she was pregnant, Owen took a paternity test to confirm that he was the father. According to a source who spoke to Us Weekly, when it came back positive, Owen decided he wanted nothing to do with the baby.
“[Owen] refuses to meet his daughter. He even checked the no visitation box in court in June… He does not want to visit [and does not] want any custody of her,” the source said.
A rep from Owen’s camp shut the conversation down decisively, telling the gossip mag: “This is a private matter and it’s not appropriate to comment further.”
Ever since the seemingly sunny, funny actor revealed his battle with addiction and depression after a suicide attempt in 2007, he’s become much more candid about his private life.
At the time, fans were shocked to find out that he was struggling with so much darkness. He sought out both depression treatment and inpatient rehab for his drug problems. As far as we know, he’s doing much better these days.
Currently, Owen is filming a romantic comedy called Marry Me with Jennifer Lopez.