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Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton became a father when

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton became a father when he welcomed his son, Mario Armando Lavandeira III, or Perez Hilton Jr., on Feb. 16, 2013. Photo Credit: Celebrity Baby Scoop

In honor of Father’s Day, looked at some of Hollywood’s leading dads, including Perez Hilton, Freddie Prinze Jr., Nick Lachey, Bill Rancic and Richie Sambora, who shared their joys of fatherhood and their cherished family memories.

Richie Sambora
Rockstar papa Richie Sambora, 53, and his ex-wife, actress Heather Locklear, are parents of 15-year-old daughter Ava. The Bon Jovi rocker opened up about the joys of fatherhood and his plans on Father’s Day.

“I’m very lucky because to me, every day that I spend with my daughter is Father’s Day,” he gushed. “She is my diamond. No matter what happens there is a joyful energy around us. My favorite thing in the world is her.”

He went on to talk about his late father, whom he continues to cherish. “I celebrate by thinking about my dad and all the gifts he’s given to me,” he shared. “He was nonjudgmental, good-natured and had good humor and morality. I also celebrate by going out on a daddy-daughter date.”

What has fatherhood taught the award-winning guitarist? “A lot of things to mention here but, I guess truly, how to love unconditionally,” Richie said. “I’ve learned to take responsibility, be flexible and have respect for my parents for what they’ve given me.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley & husband Adam Housley
"Tia & Tamera" star Tamera Mowry-Hardrict and husband Adam Housley are parents of 7-month-old son Aden. The Sister, Sister alum, 34, spoke about her hands-on hubby.

“My hubby has a lot of patience, and I knew that because he has a lot of patience with me,” she said with a laugh. “He has so much patience with Aden and will do anything for him and his family. He definitely puts us first, I feel it and I know it.”

Tia Mowry-Hardrict & husband Cory Hardrict
Tamera’s twin sister, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and her husband, Cory Hardrict, are parents of nearly 2-year-old son Cree. What makes her hubby such a great dad? “Aww, that’s such a great question!” Tia said. “No one has ever asked me that. What makes my husband a good dad is that he’s very aware,” she added. “Let’s say I’m exhausted from working all day. He’ll see that and say, ‘You know what, Tia? I’ll go ahead and take care of Cree and give him a bottle when he wakes up in the middle of the night. Why don’t you go to the other room and get a few extra hours of sleep?’ He’ll also say, ‘All right Tia, go take a nap. I’m going to take Cree to the park.’”

She added: “I think ‘considerate’ is the best word to describe my hubby. That’s what makes him a good dad. He’s aware and he also takes the time to play with Cree. He’s very proactive, which I think is awesome.”

Freddie Prinze Jr.
Star couple Sarah Michelle Gellar, 36, and Freddie Prinze Jr., 37, are parents to daughter Charlotte, 3, and 9-month-old son Rocky.

“We always say that every day is Father’s Day and every day is Mother’s Day, so we don’t make a big deal out of that specific day,” the "Buffy" alum said. “And we always spend the weekends together as a family anyway.”

Antonio Sabàto Jr.
"General Hospital" alum Antonio Sabàto Jr. is the father of Jack, 18, Mina, 11, and Antonio, 2. The actor-model, 41, recently talked about the joys of fatherhood.

“Everything!” he said on what he loves about being a dad. “It’s a constant responsibility -- everything that I do, every move that I make, is for the well-being of my family. All of my decisions are made with them in mind, and they are the most important part of my life.”

The Guncles
"Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" stars Bill Horn and Scout Masterson (aka The Guncles) are parents of 3-year-old daughter Simone. The proud TV dads spoke about their upcoming Father’s Day plans.

“In past years, Simone and her Nana took us out to brunch,” Scout said. “Since Simone is 3 years old now, we’d like to do something a little more fun – like mini golfing!”
He added: “We feel so blessed to be dads that every day truly feels special to us.”

Helen Slater
In honor of Father’s Day, "The Good Mother" actress Helen Slater dished to us about her devoted husband, Robert Watzke. When asked what makes her hubby such a great day, she said, “His devotion to the family, sense of humor and kind nature,” she also said. “It helps that he’s from Iowa City [laughs].”

Elisabeth Röhm
"The Client List’s" Elisabeth Röhm -- who raises 5-year-old Easton with fiancé Ron Anthony -- recently had this to say about her partner in life.

“Easton is Ron’s top priority, and that is obvious,” she said. “He shows her plentiful love and affection, and it’s clear that everything he does is for her and our family. She knows it as well, and I think that’s important.”

Chris O’ Donnell
"NCIS: Los Angeles" actor Chris O’Donnell is the dad of five children: Lily, 14, Chip, 13, Charles, 10, Finley, 7, and Maeve, 6. "The Scent of a Woman" star, 42, told us what Father’s Day means to him.

“It means spending time with my family,” he said. “I also plan to play golf without a trace of guilt. Some of my most memorable gifts from my kids have been homemade cards – my kids putting their feelings into words.”

Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland
Reality star Melissa Rycroft and husband Tye Strickland are parents of 2-year-old daughter Ava. "The Bachelor" alum, 30, boasted about her “hands-on” hubby.

“Oh, my gosh, I lucked out on the daddy department,” she gushed. “I have to say, the fact that he’s hands on, that he wants to be involved, that he enjoys daddy-daughter time, is just such a blessing. I know that I’m very, very lucky. Just seeing him with her and seeing how she responds to him, it definitely makes you fall in love a little bit more.”

Amy Grant & Vince Gill
Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Grant and her husband, country legend Vince Gill, are the parents of five children: Jenny, 31, Matt, 25, Millie, 23, Sarah, 20, Corinna, 12.
The singer-songwriter, 52, opened up about what makes her famous hubby, 56, a great dad.

“He is good at lightening the mood. He enjoys teasing, and I think that’s a good thing,” she shared. “I’ll tell you what makes him a good stepfather,” Amy continued. “He has three stepchildren and he gave them all their space and didn’t pretend like he was their choice. He was their mommy’s choice, and slowly over the years they grew to love him.”

Scott Wolf
"Party of Five" alum Scott Wolf is dad to sons Jackson, 4, and 6-month-old Miller. The "Everwood" star, 45, spoke about fatherhood, the favorite role of his life.

“[Father's Day] means celebrating my favorite (tied with husband!) role in this life,” he gushed. “Hopefully, it means breakfast in bed and a relaxing day with the family. Every day with these two beautiful boys feels like Father’s Day to me."

Nick Lachey
Nick Lachey, 39, and wife Vanessa Lachey, 32, welcomed their first child, son Camden, on September 12, 2012.

“It has changed me for sure. It literally affects everything you do, every decision you make,” Nick said. “Your priorities completely shift and your kids instantly become the most important thing in the world. I think it’s made me a more patient person as well.

“My greatest joy is waking him up every day,” he added. “Seeing that little boy look up and smile at me every morning is the perfect way to start my day. The biggest challenge is having enough time in the day to do everything I need to do.”

Perez Hilton
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton became a dad earlier this year when he welcomed his son Mario Armando Lavandeira III, or Perez Hilton Jr., on February 16, 2013. The first-time dad gushed about the joys of fatherhood.

“Being a father is awesome and everything I could have hoped for and more,” he said.

Bill & Giuliana Rancic
Bill Rancic and wife Giuliana Rancic welcomed their first child, son Duke, on August 29, 2012. Giuliana shared about celebrating Bill’s first Father’s Day.

“I want to plan a very special Father’s Day since this will be Bill’s first,” Giuliana said.
“Since we’re spending Mother’s Day in L.A., I’d love to plan an exciting weekend in Chicago -- Bill’s hometown -- with both of my boys. Depending on the weather, I’d love to start off with a run with Bill and Duke in the jogger along the lakefront. It would be really nice to walk to the zoo, some museums and then top the night off with dinner at RPM Italian.”

Jewel & Ty Murray
Singer-songwriter Jewel and her husband, rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, are the parents of nearly 2-year-old son Kase. The Grammy Award-winning singer happily shared this about her “dedicated” and “hands-on” husband.

“My husband’s a very dedicated dad,” she said. “He doesn’t want to work or do anything but stay at home and help with the baby. He’s a very hands-on dad, which is a great thing about him.”

Andrew Zimmern
Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern is the proud dad of 8-year-old son Noah. The television personality, 51, talked about how fatherhood has changed him.

“It has increased my patience by a factor of about 15, and it has also made me increasingly aware of the problems I have with my own selfishness,” Andrew shared. “When I am just thinking about me, I am not being very useful to my son or my wife. Having a child is a supreme motivator in that regard.”

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