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Eddie Murphy on his 10 children:'Nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid'

BY: yahoo!life
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Eddie Murphy and his big family

WHEN it comes to being a celebrity dad, Eddie Murphy's got more experience than most. The comedian has fathered 10 children ranging in age from 2 to 31.

His large brood includes 19-year-old Bella, the youngest of his five children with ex-wife Nicole Murphy, who plays his middle daughter in the just-released Coming 2 America

In a new interview with British newspaper The Mirror, Murphy sounded off on fatherhood, which he called "the center of everything."

“I am going to be 60 in April and I have all these babies," he shared, adding that his family now takes precedence over his career. 

"The whole idea of being out there and doing three movies a year, that s*** is over," the Oscar-nominated star said. "I have got all these babies ... Along the way I realised that if you put your children first you never make a bad decision.

"When you hit a crossroads moment or you have got some s***, you think, ‘Well, what is best for my children?’ If you go that route then you never make a bad decision."

Murphy first became a father in 1989, when he and then-girlfriend Paulette McNeeley welcomed son Eric. A year later, Tamara Hood gave birth to his son Christian.

Murphy wed Nicole Mitchell in 1993, and together they shared five kids: Bria, Myles, Shayne, Zola and Bella. 

Shortly after his 2006 divorce, the actor made headlines when he dodged former Spice Girl Mel B's claims that he was the father of her baby, a daughter named Angel born in April 2007.

After paternity testing proved that to be the case, Murphy has since welcomed Angel into his family. Finally, he has two children, a daughter born in 2016 and a son born in 2018, with longtime partner Paige Butcher. 

Murphy, who is also a grandfather, spoke glowingly in the interview of each child. 

“I am so blessed with my kids," he said. "I don’t have one bad seed. I don’t have any like, ‘Oh you are the one.’

“I don’t have any of that. My kids are so great, normal people — and nobody is like the Hollywood jerk kid.

“My kids are smart and are trying to do stuff. I am blessed with my kids. I really, really got lucky.”