Mark Wahlberg's past has come back to haunt him, thanks to his 8-year-old daughter, Ella. The Oscar-nominated actor revealed this week that his little girl is starting to learn about her father's younger years, and with a lengthy list of bad deeds to his name, this can't be good news for him.
"My daughter's starting to hear rumblings of what I did in the past… she doesn't like it," Wahlberg told "Extra." "I got to do my thing for a long time and then I was fortunate enough to meet the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with, and we have four beautiful children."
Judging from his sketchy history, Wahlberg surely has some awkward father-daughter talks in store. Here are some cringe-worthy facts he might not be thrilled to share with Ella:
Criminal past: Wahlberg dropped out of school when he was 14 years old and started selling drugs and stealing. At 16, he spent 45 days in prison for beating a middle-aged Vietnamese man so badly that it left the man blind in one eye. On "Nightline" back in 2006, Wahlberg said, "I did a lot of things that I regretted, and I certainly paid for my mistakes. You have to go and ask for forgiveness, and it wasn't until I really started doing good and doing right, by other people as well as myself, that I really started to feel that guilt go away. So I don't have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning."
Starting drama: Rumour has it that back in July 1993, Wahlberg began a feud with Madonna's entourage. In August of '93, Liz Rosenberg, spokesperson for the Material Girl, told People magazine that a fight erupted at a Hollywood party after Wahlberg called Madonna's friend "a homo" (although another source said Madonna started the fight). Regardless of which of them started it, Wahlberg allegedly pushed nightclub owner John Enos and punched Maverick Productions bigwig Guy Oseary in the nose.
Taking his clothes off: We have no complaints about Wahlberg's iconic Calvin Klein ads, but apparently he does. In the January-February issue of Men's Health, Wahlberg said, "I should have kept my shirt on a lot more. And not pulled my pants down so much."
Music: Eventually, the time will come when Wahlberg must tell his daughter that "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch" wasn't the '90s equivalent of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" (Though, we must admit, "Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch" would make an awesome title for a children's show.) It's definitely going to be awkward when Wahlberg decides to show his daughter the music video for "Good Vibrations," which features a young, shirtless Marky Mark lifting weights, rapping, and seducing a woman. (Maybe Ella should skip that family meeting?)
We certainly don't envy Wahlberg for all of the uncomfortable father-daughter conversations he has in his future. Maybe he should just go for the "learn from my mistakes" approach.