Mark Wahlberg created a bit of a scandal when he was seen leaving Super Bowl LI early as his beloved New England Patriots were being blown out by the Atlanta Falcons. Obviously, we all know Wahlberg missed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history as a result, but now he’s here to explain why he left early.
In an interview with Men’s Health this month, Wahlberg blames the whole thing on his 8-year-old son Brendan. The two-time Oscar nominee says his son was not taking the game particularly well and was yelling f-bombs while the family was in a luxury suite at NRG Stadium. Initially, Wahlberg had said his son wasn’t feeling well, but that’s not really the full truth.
I’ll let him tell the story:
Last year, a mini-scandal arose when Wahlberg was seen leaving the Super Bowl before his beloved Patriots mounted their historic comeback. At the time, he told reporters he had a sick son who needed to get back to their hotel. That’s partly true. The Wahlberg family was watching the game in a luxury suite in Houston’s NRG Stadium while the Patriots were getting pounded. Wahlberg and Rhea Durham’s second son, 8-year-old Brendan, was not handling it well at all.
“He was spitting out F-bombs and going crazy. It was bad,” says Wahlberg, shuddering as if he’s reliving the moment. “He was lying down on the carpet. He was very upset.” Rhea wanted to stay, but Wahlberg wasn’t having it and left with his boy.
I mean, I guess I buy that. If your 8-year-old is freaking out in public because of a sporting event it might be best to get the heck out of there.
Although, to be fair, I just picture the Wahlbergs all sitting around spitting f-bombs in thick Boston accents at all times, so I’m not sure exactly what the problem was here.