When Carice Van Houton’s daughter, Nick van Exel, was 14, her mother said she was “so scared”.
Now 34, the former actress has said her daughter has come to terms with the fact that the experience is a part of who she is and that her daughter’s sexuality is no longer a secret.
In a new interview with The Lad, the star-crossed couple talks about their relationship, what it’s like to be the mother of an openly gay child and how the world has changed since their time.
Carice says Nick’s experience “changed the way I see myself” and that she is now more open about her daughter, now called Caroline, as she’s “more aware of the way she interacts with the world”.
Caroline van Houtsen (left) with her mother, Carice, and her mother-in-law, Pappy Van Winkle.
Source ABC News (AAP: ABC News) The couple, who have two sons together, met in New York City in 2006 and went on to star in films including The Wedding Singer, Little Miss Sunshine, and Love Actually.
They married in 2008 and divorced in 2013.
The couple are now married and living in Los Angeles.
Caroline says her mother always believed that being gay meant “you couldn’t be a good mother”.
What did I do wrong? “
And I said ‘why are you telling me that?
What did I do wrong?
“But she taught me how to love. “
And I have. “
But she taught me how to love.
And I have.
And she taught my children how to be strong, how to get out of their own way.”
Carice said her mother “always believed that you couldn’t have a good mom, you couldn´t be a great mom”.
She described her mother as a “goddess” who made her “very strong and independent”.
“She taught me the value of doing the right thing, she taught us to be a little bit bigger than we were, a little more powerful than we are, because we love each other,” she said.
‘She taught my kids how to have strength’ Caroline says she was raised by her mother who was very supportive of her and her sisters and brothers. “
I love her, I’ve never been happier than I am right now.”
‘She taught my kids how to have strength’ Caroline says she was raised by her mother who was very supportive of her and her sisters and brothers.
Caroline was very shy as a child, but the younger siblings “were always on my shoulder”.
“I’d have to walk with my little sisters in the car,” she recalls.
“They were so small.”
Carrie Van Houtson with her sister, Carlee, and sister, Laura.
Source The Lad (AUS: ABC) Carice and Carlee went on a date at a party and were later invited to a house party at their home, where Caroline was present.
The two were introduced to a girl named Caroline who was also invited.
Caroline said Caroline told them they had to have sex and Carice agreed.
Caroline and Carle were “very happy”, but Caroline did not want to have any sex with the girl.
Caroline van Haouton (right) with Carice’s sister, Caroline, and the couple’s daughter Nick van exels.
Source Aussie TV series The Lads, about a group of boys who find their love after an incident with a groupie.
Source Caroline says that when her mother was in her 20s, she was not “totally comfortable” with her sexuality.
“She told me she was proud of me being a girl, but that I couldn’t make a real woman of myself,” Caroline said.
Caroline Van Hoesen with her sisters, Caroline and Laura, aged five.
Source Carice is now married to Nick Van Exel and they have a three-year-old son, Nick.
Carric says her relationship with her daughter “changed over the years”.
Caroline said that in the past she “could be so closed off” and “very alone”.
“And then I would find a little girl and I would be really touched and I was able to feel her warmth,” she explained.
“It just made my life so much more comfortable.” “
‘We had a lot of fun’ Caroline said she and her father, actor and comedian Nick Van Haout”
It just made my life so much more comfortable.”
‘We had a lot of fun’ Caroline said she and her father, actor and comedian Nick Van Haout