Boston Irish Mark Wahlberg finds it hard not to spoil his kids

The 40-year-old ‘Contraband’ actor – who has children Ella, eight, Michael, six, Brendan, three and one-year-old Grace with wife Rhea Durham – admits he likes to treat his brood but insists they understand the importance of giving back.

He said: “I do spoil them to a certain extent but they also understand that not a lot of people have this life.

“My kids like giving back. My daughter’s always telling me: ‘Pop, I’m going to take these toys to the hospital for the sick kids and the less fortunate’. They still live in the real world but it’s a fine line. I certainly want my kids to have everything that I never had but you also want them to appreciate the value of things.

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“Nobody in my family, my parents or their parents, had money or success. I worked hard to get what I have and I still work hard every day.”

Having been raised by as the youngest of nine children in Boston, Massachusetts, Mark believes fame and fortune haven’t diluted his working-class attitude.

He told the Metro newspaper: “Obviously, I am still the same at the core. Just because you have money doesn’t really change you.

“Listen, I’ve always thought that at any time it could all go away and I could end up right where I came from. I have a lot of people keeping me grounded: my wife, my mother and my friends.”