Hollywood actor Tom Hanks has revealed he lost the feel of love from both parents to divorce at an early age of 5 and he remains devastated with the memories.
The famous actor said his childhood was characterized by ‘loneliness’.
In an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Kirsty Young asks Tom Hanks how he feels about the divorce and how it affected him but the actor gets emotional and seems lost for words. He observes a moment of silence as if mourning the dead romance, then he regained composure before responding with a question, ‘What have you done to me?’
The interview will be aired today May 8, 2016.
Hanks continued with his revelations telling the unknown story of his life. The 59-year-old actor said he and other two siblings were brought up by their father Amos who married twice after their mother left.
He explained that the children briefly lost touch with their mother, Janet. By the age of ten, the double Oscar winner sorrowfully confessed, he had lived in ten homes in five different cities.
‘[The divorce] was more about complexity than crossfire,’ he says. ‘I never came across anybody that was abusive or angry to the point that they took it out on us.
‘We were confused because no one explained anything to us. No one said, “Hey listen, you guys are great.
‘You haven’t done anything wrong – give us a couple of moments and we will figure out what we are going to do”. Nobody ever said that to us.’
Hanks reveals during the interview that he had no problem with the ‘Mr Nice Guy’ label often attached to his name. He started from a humble beginning and has made his mark in Hollywood, away from scandals.
Funny as it got, Ms Young admits that she has been unable to find anyone with a bad word to say about him, the actor jokes: ‘You have got to dig a little deeper.’
Tom leads a good example to every person whose life has been affected by divorce. Failed marriages put kids at a crossroad and only the strong-minded can go against the tide or walk the rope to stardom in such circumstances.
Would it be right for people to blame their failures on divorce if they can’t turn the weakness into strength?