Javier Hernandez has given an emotional interview amid accusations that he is a ‘bad father’.
Hernandez has also played for Real Madrid, West Ham United, Bayer Leverkusen and Sevilla across a stellar career that has yielded 109 caps and 52 goals for the Mexican national team.
Hernandez’s personal and professional life
Now, the 33-year-old is plying his trade in Major League Soccer by following in the footsteps of players like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane in representing LA Galaxy.
‘Chicharito’ is currently playing in his third season in the United States and boasts a record of 25 goals in 48 appearances across his time in California.
But it was matters away from the pitch that brought Hernandez into the public eye this week when he gave an emotional interview about fatherhood and his battles with depression.
Hernandez gives emotional interview
According to the Mirror, Hernandez said that he hadn’t seen his two children, Nala and Noah, for over a year having separated with his partner, Sarah Kohan.
The Mexican forward, who was visibly upset in the interview with tears in his eyes, also addressed accusations that he says he’s received about supposedly being a ‘bad father’.
“I would love for things to be different, they are not being and there is nothing left but to juice it up, to learn.
“It is very hard [to be away from them]. I haven’t shown it, but these two years people have said and talked about me being a bad father when they have no idea because I haven’t posted [on social media] anything, so how are they going to know if I’m a good father or not. But yes I have experienced a lot of pain, a lot.
“I haven’t wanted them to know about it, but they are the two people I love the most in my life.”
Hernandez’s previous comments
Late last year, Hernandez had also US outlet The Ringer: “I wasn’t the best partner I needed to be, I wasn’t the greatest dad that I wanted to be. I wasn’t a great friend. I wasn’t the great human being I wanted to be.”
“I’ve always been very sensitive,” the former United forward added. “A lot of times I tried to hide it. I realised I had to. … I’m not the tallest. I’m not very big. I’m not very stereotypically masculine. …
“We see a man cry, we think he’s weak, but we are all human. In society, vulnerability is weakness. For me, vulnerability is one of the most powerful, strong, and loving things that you can do for yourself and for humanity.”
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A man crying is never weak, Javier. Power to you for speaking so bravely about your mental health.