Well, it’s official: Keanu Reeves is off the baby-making market.
In the February issue of Esquire – released in advance of Reeves’ upcoming film John Wick: Chapter 2, the follow-up to 2014’s B-movie-esque action hit John Wick – Reeves opens up about plenty: Arch Motorcycle Company, his beloved custom motorcycle building business, his childhood, the vagaries of fame and the fickle Hollywood star system. To be honest, though, we couldn’t help but zoom in on Reeves’ few choice comments about, ahem, his paternity prospects.
When asked if he’d eventually like to settle down – or, conversely, if he had already done so – Reeves’ answer is emphatic: “It’s too late. It’s over…I’m 52. I’m not going to have any kids.” “Never?”, the interviewer presses. After all, Mick Jagger just had another one! “He’s ageless,” Reeves insists. Cue the collective sob of thousands of women, for whom Reeves remains our always-and-forever ’90s boy crush – humble, thoughtful, enigmatic and, oh yeah – pretty hot, too.
But perhaps it’s no surprise that the notoriously private actor is reluctant to have children. In 2001, Reeves’ ex-girlfriend Jennifer Syme was killed in a car accident, only one year after Syme had given birth to the couple’s daughter Ava, who was stillborn. Far be it from us to suggest that Reeves needs to have kids to live a fulfilled and complete life; no judgement here. (The movie-making, motorcycle-riding lifestyle certainly seems to be working for him.) That said, we can’t help but feel a little sad that someone seemingly as lovely, grounded and just plain cool as Reeves has truly given up on the idea of ever becoming a father, and we’re still a little bit hopeful that he might change his mind at some point. Keanu, if you’re out there reading, just remember: it’s never too late! Seriously, we’ve got two words for you: George Clooney.