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Stranger Things' David Harbour says being a stepfather has been 'the hardest thing'


‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with’: Stranger Things’ David Harbour discusses being a stepfather to Lily Allen’s children and says he now has a ‘special relationship’ with them

David Harbour has said being stepfather to wife Lily Allen’s children has been ‘the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with’, but his relationship with them ‘now is really special.’

The Stranger Things star, who married the British singer, 37, in Las Vegas in 2020 helps look after Ethel Mary, nine, and Marnie Rose, ten, Lily’s young daughters with ex-husband Sam Cooper. 

David, 47, recently returned to TV screens as Jim Hopper in the fourth series of hit Netflix science fiction drama.

'It's the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with': Stranger Things' David Harbour has discussed being a stepfather to wife Lily Allen's children - but says they have a 'special relationship'

‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with’: Stranger Things’ David Harbour has discussed being a stepfather to wife Lily Allen’s children – but says they have a ‘special relationship’

Vegas wedding: Lily and David married in September 2020

Vegas wedding: Lily and David married in September 2020

Speaking to The Times, the Netflix star said: ‘ ‘I’ve learned a lot about myself. You really have to show up for other human beings in a truly selfless way.

‘I was, like, ‘Whoa, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.’ The relationship I have with them now is really, really special. But, you know, it takes time and effort.’

The Hollywood star also addressed whether he tries to use his parental instincts to help guide the young stars of Stranger Things through their early fame.

Back in action: David recently returned to TV screens as Jim Hopper in the fourth series of hit Netflix science fiction drama Stranger Things

Back in action: David recently returned to TV screens as Jim Hopper in the fourth series of hit Netflix science fiction drama Stranger Things

He said: ‘There have been times when I’ve been more overly protective and times when I’ve been less. The best thing I can offer them is that I started this show when they were all kids. And I can still treat them like idiot kids.

‘The world can’t, the world treats them like superstars. So I just try to love them and you know, let go and kind of treat them like idiots because no one else does.’

The Revolutionary Road actor also told the publication how he used to question why celebrities dated one another but has since grown to realise it helps his relationship that both he and Lily understand the fame game. 

Meanwhile, the popstar wife, was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for her starring role in her West End debut, the new play 2:22 A Ghost Story. 

Commenting on his wife’s success the Netflix star said: ‘Not only ‘well’, she got nominated for an Olivier award, holy sh*t! Yeah, she was terrified to do it. I was very encouraging of her to do it.’ 

Variety reported on Tuesday that the fourth season of Stranger Things became the third most popular English-language season in Netflix’s history in its first 28 days.

The first part of the fourth season was viewed for 287 million hours in just the weekend after it was released.

The show has been watched for 621.8 million hours already according to ScreenCrush. Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 are the only seasons of English-language television watched for more hours in the first month after their releases.

It will almost certainly shatter those records with 18 days to go before the end of the first 28 days.

Stranger Things premiered back in 2016 on the popular streamer.

Since its release, the show has been nominated for four Golden Globes and 11 Primetime Emmy Awards over its first three seasons.

Nuptials: Lily and Sam's wedding back in 2011, and were married for seven years - and are parents to Ethel Mary, nine, and Marnie Rose, ten

Nuptials: Lily and Sam’s wedding back in 2011, and were married for seven years – and are parents to Ethel Mary, nine, and Marnie Rose, ten

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