Celebrities have been raising children in Hollywood for many years. Tom Selleck, on the other hand, took parenting a little more seriously than most people do and went to great lengths to make sure he was there for his kids.
Despite his status as a Hollywood heartthrob, Selleck has kept his family’s affairs private. His marriages have been more widely publicized, though. During the ten years of his marriage to Jaquelyn Ray, Selleck adopted Kevin, Ray’s son.
Their union, however, did not last. Selleck revealed that many people believed he left Ray due of the success of his television show “Magnum, P.I.” The actor, though, admitted they split up six months before he ever shot the show’s pilot.
He developed a close bond with the model’s son, who he later adopted, while Ray and Selleck were still married. Selleck and Kevin stayed close despite Ray and Selleck’s divorce because Selleck regarded Kevin as his “only child.”
However, it took Selleck some time to accept the dissolution of his marriage and what it meant for him and his connection with his adoptive son.
The television personality admitted he was not interested in dating again after their divorce. He acknowledged:
“When it comes to women, I’m a little shy and not quite confident.”
Selleck has trouble talking to women, so he wasn’t ready to approach Jillie Mack when he saw her backstage during a “Cats” performance. Mack, though, was more than happy to initiate contact.
Each time the narrative has been told from the perspectives of Selleck and Mack, with a few minor modifications to the dialogue, one thing has remained constant: if Mack hadn’t spoken to Selleck, they might not currently be as contentedly married.
When the then-actor was about to take the stage and Selleck still had not acted, she asked him if he would like to go out for a drink sometime. He consented, and they soon began a committed relationship.
After Selleck ended his engagement with Mimi Roger in 1983, the couple started dating. By 1987, they were engaged but were able to keep their nuptials a complete secret. Without notifying anyone, the pair wed in a church in Nevada.
By entrusting Selleck’s brother with the wedding planning and adopting aliases for Selleck and Mack, Mack and Selleck were able to keep their wedding a secret. They dressed casually when they arrived at the chapel before changing into their wedding attire in separate rooms.
Just hours after Mack obtained a $27 marriage license from the Washoe County Clerk’s Office, the couple exchanged their vows in a $75 nondenominational ceremony. Their altar was decorated with white roses.
After his first marriage ended, Selleck learned the value of family and the necessity of taking time off work to spend with his wife and kids. In the end, he made the choice to leave “Magnum, P.I.” in order to spend more time with his family.
He had only intended to take a year off before going back to work. He soon realized that he was enjoying the break though, so he kept his time away from the screen longer.
When asked about leaving the television program that made him famous, Selleck said:
He clarifies, “I left Magnum, not because I didn’t like it or was sick of it. “It had worn me out. And because I didn’t have one, I yearned for a three-dimensional life.”
Selleck bought a ranch after leaving the program, where he settled down with Mack and welcomed their daughter, Hannah. The ranch contains a 20-acre avocado plantation and stands on 65 acres of land.
He claimed that because he was working 90 hours per week and acting in a movie at each break in the filming of “Magnum, P.I.,” it was challenging to maintain a balance between his personal and professional lives. For this reason, he chose to take a break.
Despite coming from a well-known family, Hannah’s parents wanted her to experience a typical childhood. To give Hannah the chance to grow up like other girls her age, she was raised on a farm and away from the media.
Hannah fell in love with nature while living on the ranch since she was surrounded by it. Although she had many interests, she was most passionate about horseback riding, which she had been doing since she was four years old.
By the age of 14, Hannah was demonstrating potential in both horseback riding and ballet, but she made the decision to give up dance and focus all of her time and energy on honing her equestrian skills. She currently competes in professional equestrian events.
Selleck took a sabbatical from acting to raise his children, but after they had grown up, he came back to star in “Blue Bloods.” His children, now 56 and 33, have established successful lives and occupations for themselves.
When he was 21 years old, Selleck adopted Kevin, who is now his adoptive son. The young man and his adoptive father nevertheless formed a close relationship despite this. Then he also pursued a career in the entertainment sector.
From 1993 through 1996, Kevin was a member of the band “Toxic.” In 1996, Kevin left the group. Later, he dabbled in the film and television industries by producing the soundtrack for “Scream 2” and appearing in an episode of “Magnum, P.I.”
Despite having a fruitful career, he struggled with substance misuse. Selleck has never publicly discussed these matters and actively backs his adopted son in all of his endeavors.
Additionally, Selleck and Hannah, his daughter, get along great. Hannah has already made a name for herself as a professional horseback rider thanks to a number of championships she has won across numerous events.
Hannah said that while her parents supported her in exploring all of her interests, they thought that in order to properly pursue something, a person needed to have a passion for it. Hannah used her love of horses as an outlet for her passion.
Despite not receiving as much attention as her well-known father, they have a great bond. On their ranch, Mack and Selleck continue to enjoy a wonderful marriage.