Who is James Farrell?
James Farrell is widely known as the son of Irish actor Collin Farrell. From Robert Downey Jr to Bradley Cooper, and Demi Lovato to Carrie Fisher, there are countless tales of recovery to inspire us. A perhaps less-known story is that of Collin Farrell, who was inspired to go clean thanks to his son, James.
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How old is James Farrell?
James Farrell is 18 years old as of the year 2021.
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Born in 2003, James Pádraig Farrell is Colin and Bordenave’s oldest child. While they are no longer together, they share joint custody of James. Reportedly, James was born with a rare form of cerebral palsy called Angelman Syndrome, a disorder that causes developmental delays.
Not much is known about James, beyond his condition, and the few bits of information Farrell has provided in interviews.
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In 2007, Colin revealed to the Independent the ways he thought about disability after James. “With my son the only time I’m reminded that there is something different about him – that he has some deviation of what is perceived to be normal – is when I see him with other four-year-olds,” he said. According to Farrell, James took his first steps as a four-year-old. “When he took the first steps it was incredibly emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house”.
One thing we do know is that James caused Farrell to drastically change. Prior to his birth, Farrell was a well-known drug and alcohol addict. But all that changed, when the actor became a father for the first time at 28. “I made a decision not to change,” he told Details Magazine.
“I literally said, ‘I’m not changing! I’m gonna be his friend!’
“Like a f—– 28-year-old drug-addicted drunk friend is exactly what my six-week-old son needs.” He eventually changed course though, telling The Guardian, “my first-born was three years of age before I made anything that I would even pretend was a mature decision.”
That decision was to check into rehab, which he did in December 2005 following the production of ‘Miami Vice’.
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Since being released in 2006, Farrell has been sober and now spends more time with his son.
In 2013, he told The Mirror, “Being a dad is a very big part of my life but it’s not like it’s easy. As a parent you kind of want to make everything fun and give them all that they want. But you just can’t do that. The word discipline kind of gives me the willies so I just try to be there for them.”
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The actor now lives a quiet life, and the court filing is the first time we have heard of James in a few years.
Reportedly, the petition was filed on May 10, and a court hearing is scheduled for September 27. He has also been involved in the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), making a speech at their 2020 Global Summit, after appearing in a video for the group in 2016.
We may not know much about James, but there is no doubt he’s played a pivotal role in the Irish actor’s life.
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Colin is back in the news after it was reported he and his ex-girlfriend Kim Bordenave have filed a conservatorship for James, who will turn 18 in September. If granted, the conservatorship will allow Colin and Bordenave to retain legal control over all of James’ decisions, such as “power to access confidential records, withhold consent of marriage, enter into contracts, give medical consent, and the power to make educational decisions.”
The news is the latest in the tale of James, whose Angelman Syndrome diagnosis was largely hidden from the world until Colin opened up about him in 2007. He credits James for a lot of change in his life, including his decision shed his image as a “drug-addicted drunk”.
What is Angelman Syndrome?
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a rare neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in one in 15,000 live births or 500,000 people worldwide. It is caused by a loss of function of the UBE3A gene in the 15th chromosome derived from the mother. This disease shares symptoms and characteristics with other disorders including autism, cerebral palsy and Prader-Willi syndrome. Due to the common characteristics, misdiagnosis occurs often.
People with AS have developmental problems that become noticeable by the age of 6 – 12 months. Other common signs and symptoms usually appear in early childhood like walking and balance disorders, gastrointestinal issues, seizures and little to no speech. Despite these symptoms, people with Angelman syndrome have an overall happy and excitable demeanor. An individual with AS will light up a room with their smile and laughter.