"I’m hoping they turn out to be spinsters," Stallone joked when his daughter Sophia complained about being single.
Sylvester Stallone is very protective of his daughters Sophia, 26, Sistine, 24, and Scarlet, 20 to the point that a lot of the time the girls' dates are extremely intimidated by the actor. After all, he's played some of the toughest characters on screen. "Well, we’re single, so," Sophia joked to TODAY over the difficulties of having a dad who plays legendary tough guys. "I’m hoping they turn out to be spinsters," Stallone said. "I’m working on that. They stay home forever."
"It’s very difficult," Sistine said of bringing their dates to meet the parents. "He’s quite intimidating to most, and most of the time when they come over to meet the parents, they don’t necessarily return, simply because he’s just so scary." Stallone claimed he was just protecting his daughters. "I don’t trust their intentions," the Over the Top star said. "Because I know men." Only one daughter has managed to have a boyfriend currently. "Yes, and it was great meeting him," Scarlet said. "Now they’re best friends."
"We have matching tattoos, it’s great," her 76-year-old dad joked.
Fans will get to see the family on their new reality show, The Family Stallone which premieres on May 17 on Paramount+. The show airs a day after Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin Stallone celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary. The couple had split in August 2022 with 54-year-old Flavin filing for divorce. But the pair reconciled soon after.
The Tulsa King actor told the Sunday Times in 2022 that he regrets not spending enough time with his family and being an absent father, "I didn't pay enough attention when they were growing up. I was so career-oriented, and now I go, 'Okay, I don't have that much runway up ahead, and I want to start asking them about their lives.' I ask them about their day, and they started at first a little monosyllabic," he said. "Then I heard one say, 'I was just thinking about you.' Oh, my God. I've never heard that before in my life. When a daughter knows you care, she's there forever."
The action star also opened up to The Hollywood Reporter in November 2022 admitting that his career has often taken precedence over family. "Sometimes I put the work ahead of [my family], and that is a tragic mistake which won’t happen again." He also felt he was wasting a lot of time. "Now I realize there are only so many bullets left in the gun. Very few. When you’re young, you’re just haphazardly shooting wildly and hoping you hit something. Now you don’t have the luxury of missing – especially with the family and the kids. I find that to be my biggest regret. Everyone goes, 'I wish I’d shown love more” or “I wish I’d spent more time with the kids.' I’m riding that boat."
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