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Donnie Wahlberg's Parents Worked Multiple Jobs So They Could Afford Christmas Presents For Him And 8 Siblings

December 27, 2019 11:50

Donnie Wahlberg's mom and dad are basically heroes to the singer. He recently dished about his family and couldn't stop gushing over how much influence his parents had on him.

Humility despite wealth

One of the biggest lessons Donnie Wahlberg's parents taught him was how to stay humble. Despite being a very successful actor, Donnie tries his best to remain grounded and it's all thanks to how he was raised.

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According to CelebrityNetWorth, this star is worth up to $20 million. Now, that's enough to give anyone a big head, but not Donnie.

He and his mom, Alma, gave a joint interview to Entertainment Tonight and at one point, the New Kids On The Block singer said he and his siblings, including fellow actor Mark Wahlberg, were a reflection of their mother who kept them humble.

Donnie explained that thanks to her, despite all his fame and wealth, it's what's on the inside that truly matters to him.

Donnie Wahlberg on Christmas growing up

In an interview with Closer Weekly, Donnie opened up about how his parents worked really hard to ensure they provided, not just their daily meals, but Christmas presents, as well. With nine children to look after, it was very challenging to make everyone smile around the holidays but Alma and her now-late husband did their very best.

Christmas was tough sometimes because our Christmas list was never really fulfilled.

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Despite the challenges, Donnie said the holidays remained his favorite time of the year growing up.

I’ll always remember and I think anyone in my family, including Mark [Wahlberg], will tell you that Christmastime when we were kids was the best part.

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These memorable moments inspired the Wahlberg siblings to be charitable as adults, They understood what it was like for their parents to work so hard to make the kids happy and they have been doing all they can to bring that kind of joy to children's lives.

Relationship with his parents

In February 2008, BostonHerald reported that Donald E. Wahlberg passed away. Donnie Wahlberg's father was a war veteran.

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The Wahlberg children loved their parents very much. Alma once revealed to TODAY that even though her children are all grown and leading different lives, she still receives phone calls from all her kids every single day.

Some facts about Donnie

If you want to get to know this actor a little more, here is some trivia you may find fascinating.

  • Donnie is the second youngest of all his nine siblings.
  • He's married to actress Jenny McCarthy.
  • He was very well known for his role in the hit movie Sixth Sense.
  • He's super close to his mother and considers himself to be her favorite son.

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Stories like Donnie's are a reminder that you don't need to be able to afford the most expensive presents to give your children a memorable Christmas. The Wahlbergs didn't have much but it's clear from Donnie's words that he appreciates the non-material things his parents gave him. And today, Alma is surrounded by loving children who will do anything for her.

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