Richard Wilkins’ entire persona is based on a few things: his face in front of the camera, his knowledge of all things entertainment and his time around bright lights and famous faces.
Through his time on the Today Show, Wilkins’ hair has become as recognised as his face, his dating history joked about.
But what doesn’t come up as often is Wilkins’ role as a dad to five children: Adam, 43, Rebecca, 33, Nick, 31, Christian, 21, and Estella, 12.
And more than that, many aren’t aware that Wilkins became a dad for the first time at 18.
In an interview with this weekend’s Stellar Magazine, Wilkins reveals the challenges of being a teen dad in his native New Zealand and having his first diagnosed with Down Syndrome soon after birth.
“I have always described Adam as my rock,” he says.
“I had the potential to be the black sheep of the family, certainly the potential to have a wild side. I fell in love with the new music. I was sort of ready to run with all of that, and then Adam came along. He forced me to grow up.”