While at a charity event with Walker’s father and brother on Saturday, September 17, Diesel, 49, told fans, “Paul was very instrumental in my segue into fatherhood. He was the one that told me to go to the hospital. He’s the one that told me to cut the umbilical cord. He told me to cut the umbilical cord! [He was] the only person, in California, that knew I was about to have a child.”
The actor, who was raising money for Walker’s ROWW charity, continued, “He must’ve been God-sent because he put me on the right path. He set me up. And when we did the first Fast & Furious, I was already 30 years old or something, but he was a father. When we were in the cars in between takes, he would tell me, ‘Hey, Vin, it’s not a scary thing to become a father,’ [and] give me all the good advice. Next thing I know, I am a dad. … [He] is why I named my daughter Pauline, because of the credit that Paul Walker deserves in my personal life.”
Diesel is now dad of three children, daughters Hania and Pauline and son Vincent, with his longtime partner, Paloma Jimenez.
Earlier this year, when the Chronicles of Riddick actor started filming Fast 8, the latest installment in the hit action film franchise, he took a moment to pay tribute to his close pal, who died in a car accident in November 2013 at the age of 40, leaving behind a teenage daughter, Meadow.
“Many of the crew members who have worked on several of the past Fast films are here again to help us make something special,” the actor captioned an Instagram post in May. “One of them at the end of the week came up to me and said wow what we are capturing on film is excellent… And then looked at me and said Paul would be proud.”
Later this summer, there was some friction on the set of Fast 8 after Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted a cryptic Instagram rant, in which he called an unnamed and unprofessional male costar a “chickens–t” and “candy ass.”
Diesel, who was reportedly the target of the rant, later responded to the drama by promising fans to reveal all once Fast 8 is complete.
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