A mother’s love is unconditional. Despite any hardships encountered along the way, a mother’s care for her children goes a long way, even after death — as the lessons and values that are passed on from generation to generation.
When people are dealing with a passing of a very close loved one, especially a mother, some people go to lengths just to relive those happy memories with them.
Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Wahlberg was a loving son to his mother, Alma Wahlberg, who raised a family of nine kids all by herself. Often appearing as a character in the American reality television series “Wahlburgers,” which featured the Wahlberg family, Alma was not one to shy away from the cameras. In an interview with Anderson Cooper in 2011, she revealed the woes of raising almost a dozen children all on her own.
“Listen, I didn’t know what I was doing. I really don’t think I knew what I was doing. I was just trying to keep up with them. I love my kids. I love my kids,” she emotionally said.
However, in April 2021, the Wahlberg matriarch sadly passed away at 78 years old, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark had been especially vocal about his love for his mother, even before her passing.
Speaking to TODAY Magazine in October 2022, Mark recalled how he keeps his mother’s memory alive whenever he misses her nowadays. Read on to find out how Mark and his mother kept their relationship close while she was still alive, despite being thousands of miles apart.
Alma’s death shocked her family. New Kids on The Block founder and Mark’s brother, Donnie Wahlberg, penned a heartfelt letter in a video tribute to his mother.
“I’m so blessed to have been brought into this world by, raised by, taught by, and set on my life’s path by such an amazing woman,” he wrote. “My mom Alma’s joy for life, love, and people — combined with a pride in her humble beginnings and refusal to forget where she came from — undoubtedly shaped me into the man that I am.”
According to Extra, Mark was informed of his mother’s passing when he was filming “Father Stu” in 2021. Born in 1971, Mark is the youngest among nine children.
“She was an amazing person… She taught us all through all the difficulties that we had and face… She was very proud that we turned our lives around,” Mark recalled to the outlet of his mother’s passing.
In a conversation with Sheinelle Jones on TODAY’s “Through Mom’s Eyes,” the well-rounded matriarch confessed in 2018 that when it came to parenthood, she was just following her maternal instincts and gut.
“I was just doing what I felt like I had to do,” she admitted. “I didn’t know what was the right or wrong thing sometimes because sometimes it got really crazy because there’s nine of them all doing different things. As they were getting older, I noticed they were being nicer to each other.”
Evidently, the love and care that Alma gave her children still live on to this day.
In October 2022, Mark stopped by at TODAY’s 3rd hour Monday, to speak to Jones about the overflowing love he has for his mother, the same host who interviewed his mother in 2018 on “Through Mom’s Eyes.”
“She touched everybody that she met,” he fondly said.
Mark revealed to Extra that even after her mother’s death, he, including his family, had tried to hold on to her fond memories: “It was tough. She was very sick, went home to visit her… say goodbye… FaceTiming constantly… We knew that it was inevitable… I just tried to hold on and be as positive as possible.”
Jones, who recalled her emotional and eye-opening interview with Alma, also opened up about her realizations after her own fruitful meeting with the Wahlberg matriarch in 2018:
“For me, she was the true meaning of the word matriarch,” Jones told Mark. She always talked about how you would call her every day. And she would say, “Call your mother — I can’t do her accent.”
For Mark, his mother is a true inspiration, not just for him and his siblings but for others. Surprised by recalling an important habit he did with his mother, it turns out that “The Departed” actor is still reliving his memories with his mother.
“You caught me off guard there by pulling out that one, and I’m going to go watch that interview just so I can see her face. I mean, all I have now is the recordings and the voicemails that she left me, and I listen to them quite often,” he confessed.
Elsewhere in the same interview, Mark gave on-point advice for children whose parents are still alive.
“I remind them to call them every day, tell them how much you love them, and be there and connect with them as much as possible.”
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