"I don't get to make that phone call anymore. And it's heartbreaking," Wahlberg said.
Mark Wahlberg and his siblings had a very difficult childhood. He and his eleven siblings never had a very comfortable upbringing and they had to struggle quite a lot to make ends meet. For a very long time, Wahlberg believed that he was the youngest but later learned that his father had an affair and was a father to many children.
Right from a very young age, the actor got involved in various illicit activities, per Nicki Swift. His family never saw any of this as an issue. Wahlberg quit formal education when he was only thirteen years old and his mother was preoccupied with getting a divorce from his father. Having said that, later in his life he bonded with his mother and they shared an amazing relationship before she passed away he expressed his grief and said that he misses the first phone call of the day that he made to his mother.
In 2021, Wahlberg's mother passed away and the actor was heartbroken by the loss and was unable to talk about the tragedy for a long time. Reflecting on his mother's death he said, "The first phone call that I made every single day for the last ten years was to my mom. And I don't get to make that phone call anymore. And it's heartbreaking," as per TODAY. He also admitted that all the siblings leaned on one another to get through the rough time. He also said in the same interview that no matter where he was, he made sure to call her often and check if she needed anything. After his mother passed the actor had to come to terms with how things were going to be without her and the fact that she no longer will be around for his birthday.
An extremely heartfelt Instagram post that was shared by Mark's brother Donnie Wahlberg the New Kids on the Block singer revealed that their mother was suffering from dementia during the final phase of her life. "For Alma 🙏🏼🕊❤️ I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by, and set on my life’s path by, such an amazing woman,” Donnie wrote on Instagram under a two-minute video tribute. "My mom Alma’s joy for life, love, and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am."
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He continued, "Like so many moms who struggled, overcame odds, made something from nothing, and pulled off the impossible for their children, she never complained. She did what needed to be done, most often, with a smile. She made the best of times in the worst of times."
"That was Alma — mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel,” Donnie wrote. “She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, and kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong"
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