Ronan Farrow was just a kid when his parents split and step-dad Woody Allen took up with former step-daughter Soon-Yi Previn (now 41) but it doesn’t appear that the scandal of more than two decades ago is water under the bridge.
Ronan Farrow is the sole biological child of former couple Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, and he was a very small child when his parents’ marriage imploded in the very public eye due to his father’s affair with and subsequent marriage to the adoptive daughter of Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn.
Ronan Farrow’s parents marriage and its collapse was a huge tabloid scandal in 1992 after the affair between the then 21-year-old Soon-Yi and her mom’s husband came to light, and the 34 year age difference between the pair made it ever more interesting for the media, which descended upon the family in droves to cover the salacious tale.
Previn and Allen have been a couple for 20 years now, and a grown Ronan Farrow has turned out well. Now his Wikipedia entry indicates he is a “human rights activist, freelance journalist, Rhodes Scholar, lawyer and government official” and is “currently serving in the Obama administration as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office,” which isn’t too shabby- plus the apparently far from traumatized kid is also jawdroppingly handsome.
But in the past, Ronan Farrow has critiqued his father’s actions, plainly saying:
“He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression.”
Previn, on the other hand, has remarked:
“I was never remotely close to Woody. He was someone who was devoted exclusively to his own children and to his work, and we never spent a moment together.”
Farrow made the following comment on Twitter Sunday, however, a bit cheeky considering his position, but certainly one he is well within his rights to quip:
“Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.”
Ronan Farrow’s mom Mia even retweeted the joke, with a simple one-word comment: “boom.”