Actor Vin Diesel is paying tribute to late actor and close pal Paul Walker in an endearing way – naming his new born after a lost friend.
Diesel, 47, named his newborn ‘Pauline,’ to celebrate a new life and to keep memory of a lost one. An emotional Diesel revealed,
“There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord…I knew he was there and it felt like, you know, a way to keep his memory a part of my family and a part of my world.”
Walker’s fatal car crash in November 2013 took the world by surprise as the late star was to be seen the next month Fast & Furious franchise, Furious 7.
Diesel broke down during his introduction of the upcoming film at the South by Southwest film festival. He tearfully told the crowd,
“This was a labor of love…It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do because the relationships that you see on film are so real. When the tragedy happened, I lost my best friend. I lost my brother.”
Diesel and long-time girlfriend, model,Paloma Jimenez, 31, are already parents to daughter Hania, 6, and son Vincent, 4. New-born Pauline makes three.