Actor Taye Diggs and his 8-year-old son Walker have an adorably candid relationship. Despite the fact that Diggs and his ex-wife have agreed to raise their son apart, the 46-year-old actor will regularly make Instagram posts of the two on their latest adventure. Given how close they are, it makes some sense that Walker wouldn’t want his dad to get back into dating anytime soon.
Diggs made his son’s feelings clear in a recent interview with People, where he said that he was pleased with the fact that his son would feel comfortable even broaching the subject with him.
“He said the other day that he doesn’t want me to have a girlfriend,” Diggs said. “He said, ‘I want you to myself.'”
Based on Diggs’ statement, the two didn’t have a huge problem with the conversation, but Diggs did note that Walker wasn’t sure if it was “Ok,” to ask that of his father.
“I said, ‘Yeah, man! I want you to be able to tell me anything. OK, I get that.'” Diggs told the interviewer.
In actuality, what Walker is feeling is pretty natural. It’s not uncommon for the kids of divorced parents to be apprehensive about either of their parents bringing around a new romantic partner.
“Children find parental dating stressful for several reasons. Many will worry about having to share you with someone else. Others may be threatened and fear that if you fall in love, you’ll have less love for them,” said relationship therapist Antonio Borello. “And, for some children, the realization that their parents are dating again shatters any remaining hopes for their parents to reunite.”