‘I wouldn’t bet my life on it’: Woody Allen hints that Ronan Farrow is not his son again
- Allen, 82, made the remark in a profile about his wife Soon-Yi Previn this week
- He said it was his ‘opinion’ that Farrow, 30, was his son but he couldn’t be sure
- The film director and Farrow’s mother Mia have hinted before that Frank Sinatra is Ronan’s father
- Mia was married to Sinatra from 1966 to 1968 but the pair remained close friends until he died in 1998
- Farrow, who is estranged from Allen, is close to the Sinatra family and attended the legendary singer’s funeral
- He has however laughed off the notion Sinatra is his father in the past and no DNA tests have ever been done
- Tina Sinatra has also said it would be impossible because the singer had a vasectomy before Ronan was born
Woody Allen repeated his belief that Ronan Farrow may not be his son in an explosive profile about his controversial life and marriage with his adopted stepdaughter Soon-Yi Previn this week.
The film director, who was in a relationship with Farrow’s mother Mia from 1980 to 1992, said he cannot be sure whether Ronan is Frank Sinatra’s biological child.
‘In my opinion, he’s my child. I think he is, but I wouldn’t bet my life on it.
‘I paid for child support for him for his whole childhood, and I don’t think that’s very fair if he’s not mine,’ he said.
Woody Allen said again this week that Ronan Farrow may not be his son. The pair are pictured in 1995 in New York City when Farrow was eight
Farrow, now 30, has laughed off the rumors that Frank Sinatra is his father in the past
Mia was married to Frank Sinatra between 1966 and 1968 but the pair remained close until he died.
In 2013, as rumors swirled about Ronan’s paternity, Mia fueled the rumors when, in an interview with Vanity Fair, she said it was possible Sinatra was his father.
In his interview with Vulture that was published on Sunday night, Allen said Mia was unfaithful during their relationship, as she suggested she had been, but said he could not be sure that she became pregnant as a result.
‘Also she represented herself as a faithful person, and she certainly wasn’t. Whether she actually became pregnant in an affair she had…’ he said.
It is not the first time he has used the issue to chip away at Mia’s credibility.
In 2014, writing for The New York Times, the controversial director referred to the matter as ‘the Ronan situation’.
‘Is he my son or, as Mia suggests, Frank Sinatra’s? Granted, he looks a lot like Frank with the blue eyes and facial features, but if so what does this say?
‘That all during the custody hearing Mia lied under oath and falsely represented Ronan as our son? Even if he is not Frank’s, the possibility she raises that he could be, indicates she was secretly intimate with him during our years.
Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Ronan’s mother, were married for two years between 1966 and 1968 but they remained friends after their divorce until his death in 1998
Mia Farrow (right, wiping her face) is pictured at Frank Sinatra’s funeral in 1998. She previously said it was ‘possible’ that Ronan was the singer’s and not Allen’s
‘Not to mention all the money I paid for child support. Was I supporting Frank’s son?
‘Again, I want to call attention to the integrity and honesty of a person who conducts her life like that,’ he said.
Ronan, who condemned the Vulture article on Monday and accused Allen and Soon-Yi of spreading lies and misinformation, has laughed off the possibility in the past, saying: ‘Listen, we could all be Frank Sinatra’s son.’
Mia and Sinatra married when she was just 21 and he was 50. They divorced two years later, citing their age difference as the reason for their split.
She remained close to him, his first wife Nancy and their daughter Nancy Sinatra Jr. until his death.
Ronan and Allen have been estranged since his shocking and controversial marriage to Soon-Yi in 1997.
When Ronan was born in 1987, it had been nine years since Mia adopted her from South Korea and eight years since Mia and Woody started their relationship.
Allen (far left) is pictured with her adopted children Sasha (left), Moses (center front), Dylan in Mia’s arms) and Soon-Yi in 1986, a year before Ronan’s birth
Ronan (with Allen in the 1990s) is the former couple’s only biological child
She lived as Ronan’s sibling with Mia until 1990 when she went to college. In 1992, Mia discovered nude photographs of her at Allen’s home. She was 21 at the time.
She and Allen married in 1997. In 1992, during a visit to see the children at Mia’s home, Allen allegedly sexually assaulted Dylan, Mia’s adopted daughter who he too adopted during their relationship.
It had been reported to Mia by babysitters at the house.
Allen has always vehemently denied ever being abusive towards Dylan, who was seven at the time.
But a judge found the claim credible enough to grant Mia sole custody of the children – Ronan, Dylan and their adopted brother Moses.
In 1993, a prosecutor said that while he had ‘probably cause’ to pursue criminal charges against Allen, he had chosen not to.
In May, Moses defended Allen claiming Dylan’s accusation was a lie. He has since described Mia as being abusive, a characterization that Soon-Yi repeated in the Vulture article.
She also told how Mia was ‘obsessed’ with Ronan more than any of the other children and that she wanted to breastfeed him until he was eight.
Mia is yet to respond to it but Ronan issued a harsh rebuttal on Twitter.
It read: ‘I owe everything I am to Mia Farrow. She is a devoted mom who went through hell for her family, all while creating a loving home for us.
Soon-Yi and Mia are seen in 1992, the year she discovered nude pictures of her adopted daughter in Allen’s possession
Soon-Yi and Allen married in 1997 after he settled his legal dispute with Mia. The South Korean native has maintained her silence for 25 years
‘But that has never stopped Woody Allen and his allies from planting stories that attack and vilify my mother to deflate from my sister’s credible allegation of abuse.
‘As a brother and a son, I’m angry that New York Magazine would participate in this kind of a hit job, written by a longtime admirer and friend of Woody Allen’s.
‘As a journalist, I’m shocked by the lack of care for the facts, the refusal to include eyewitness testimony that would contradict falsehoods in this piece, and the failure to print my sister’s responses.
‘Survivors of abuse deserve better.’
Dylan replied to it by saying: ‘Woody Allen molested me when I was seven years old, part of a documented pattern of inappropriate, abusive touching that led a judge to say there was no evidence I was coached and that it was unsafe for me to be in Woody Allen’s presence.
Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow are pictured in 2016. Dylan, Ronan and Mia all assert Dylan’s accusation that Woody sexually assaulted her in 1992 when she was seven. Woody, Moses and Soon-Yi all deny it
‘The author has written about her friendship and infatuation with Woody Allen. The idea of letting a friend of an alleged predator write a one-sided piece attacking the credibility of his victim is disgusting.
‘When NY Magazine contacted me, they described multiple falsehoods. The author even suggested that my mother bribed me to lie with a doll that was not manufactured until years later.
Soon-Yi is pictured on Monday after breaking her 25-year silence
‘The story still includes bizarre fabrications about my mother while failing to mention that a prosecutor found probable cause of abuse by Woody Allen and that he was in therapy for his unhealthy fixation on my body.
‘My mother never coached me, but she did stand by me, even when Woody Allen unleashed hell on her via lawyers and publicists and allies like the author of this piece. Thanks to my mother, I grew up in a wonderful home, filled with love that she created.
‘I have a message for the media and allies of Woody Allen: no one is “parading me around as a victim” – I continue to be an adult woman making a credible allegation unchanged for two decades, backed up by evidence.
‘My only hesitation has been the way my mother is targeted as a result, as is the case here. Shame on New York Magazine.’
Soon-Yi paints Mia as a cold, abusive mother-figure in her remarks in the interview. She maintains that Woody was never a father figure to her and that their romance is anything but taboo.
‘What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust.
‘[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t,’ Soon-Yi said.
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