Oscar De La Hoya opened up about why he let Travis Barker increase daughter Atiana within the Olympian’s absence.
“I principally ran away,” De La Hoya, 50, stated on the Thursday, July 20, episode of the “Allison Interviews” podcast. “I used to be scared. I used to be fearful.”
De La Hoya welcomed Atiana, now 24, in 1999 with ex Shanna Moakler. One yr after their daughter’s start, the previous boxer and Moakler, 48, referred to as it quits in 2000 after 4 years collectively In 2004, Moakler moved on and tied the knot with Barker, 47. As Moakler and Barker started their household, the Blink 182 drummer stepped as much as act as a father determine to Atiana.
“I did attempt to be a father full-time for a number of years, and it was stunning,” De La Hoya admitted. “It was wonderful to boost just a little lady, however there got here a degree the place you ask your self, ‘Wait a minute, you’re unfit of this.’ You attempt to persuade your self that you just’re unfit of this, that love isn’t attainable in your life due to what I lived — of not receiving that love once I was a child.”
De La Hoya revealed his anxieties about parenthood stemmed from his tough relationship together with his personal mother and father. The retired athlete claimed that his mother and pa by no means advised him they cherished or hugged him and would “get hit” at any time when he would cry.
“I do know I’m this good man and I do know I generally is a father however then there comes a degree the place it’s such as you attempt to persuade your self … this isn’t you that is scary,” he recalled. “You’re unfit of giving love.”
In the course of the time Atiana was beneath the care of Moakler and Barker, De La Hoya put his deal with boxing, which he credit with holding him “in line.” Nevertheless, De La Hoya confessed he did examine on his little lady every now and then.
“I used to be at all times there, however not there, you understand? It wasn’t your typical relationship with the daddy and the mom there 24/7,” he stated on Thursday. “It wasn’t like that, however clearly, she is my daughter and I like her.”
In the middle of their romance, Moakler and Barker welcomed two kids collectively: son Landon, 19, and daughter Alabama, 17. The duo have been collectively for 4 years earlier than they referred to as it quits for good in 2008. Regardless of their breakup, Barker remained shut together with his stepdaughter. The musician later moved on with spouse Kourtney Kardashian with whom Atiana additionally has a powerful bond.
Earlier this month, De La Hoya gave Barker props for being a superb father determine to his daughter through the years.
“Look, I didn’t increase my youngsters, you understand? Their mothers did. And I’ve to offer credit score the place credit score is due,” he stated to Leisure Tonight in July. “I’m grateful that Barker was there, you understand, as a father determine for my daughter. I’ve to be grateful that Shanna was a mom to Atiana, and simply know my place, principally, you understand? My place — I’m clearly a father, and I’m happy with it. However, once more, I’m grateful for what they’ve performed. Particularly with Barker. He’s clearly stepped as much as the plate.”