Chris Pratt has finally responded to the criticism he received for his Instagram ode to his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger last year.
Though he was silent about it at the time, the ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ actor admitted in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine that he was “really disturbed” by the backlash to his post.
In November 2021, Pratt shared a photo of Schwarzenegger beaming at him and penned a loving caption praising her for everything she’s “given” to him — including their “healthy” newborn daughter Lyla.
Many took the remark about their baby’s health as an insult to his ex-wife Anna Faris and their 9-year-old son Jack. According to Faris, Jack was born prematurely with severe cerebral hemorrhage and spent the first month of his life in intensive care.
“I said something like, ‘Find someone who will look at you the way my wife looks at me.’ And then I put some S—s in her thing and said, ‘But I love you. I’m so thankful for my wife — she gave me a beautiful, healthy daughter,” Pratt recalled in his Men’s Health profile, which was released Tuesday.
“And then a bunch of articles came out and said, ‘This is so pathetic. I can’t believe Chris Pratt would thank her for that healthy daughter when his first child was born prematurely. That’s such a dig at his ex-wife.’”
In Pratt’s opinion, the discourse surrounding the Instagram post was “f— up.” He expressed concern that his son would “read this one day” because it is “set in digital stone.”
“I cried about it,” Pratt told Fitness magazine. “I hate that these blessings in my life are a real drain on the people close to me.”
Pratt — a blockbuster movie star who has undoubtedly undergone extensive media training — went on to joke that his “publicist would say, ‘I’m sweating, Chris, I’m sweating,'” if they knew he’d meddled in the controversy.
In addition to his Instagram PDA, Pratt has come under fire for his alleged religious beliefs and affiliations. About three years ago, actor Elliot Page berated the Guardians of the Galaxy actor on Twitter for attending a “notoriously anti-LGBTQ” church, referring to Los Angeles’ Hillsong Church.
At the time, Pratt denied Page’s allegation, claiming to belong to a church “that opens its doors to absolutely everyone…regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.”
However, he didn’t specifically deny affiliation with Hillsong, whose founder Brian Houston wrote in a 2015 blog post that the church “does not embrace a gay lifestyle.” According to insiders, Pratt is a member of LA’s Zoe Church, which is modeled after Hillsong.
“I never went to Hillsong,” Pratt told Men’s Health. “I’ve never been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from this church.”
Reflecting on his religious reputation, Pratt mused on recently “becoming the face of religion” in Hollywood, while insisting he’s not really “a religious person.”
“Religion has long been as oppressive as f—” he said. “I think there is a difference between being religious – abiding by man-made customs, often acquiring the reverence reserved for what I believe to be a very real God – and using them to control people, take money from people, abuse children, steal land, to justify hate.
“Whatever it is. The evil that is in the heart of every single human being has crept onto the back of religion and taken a ride.”
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