Cate Blanchett dreads son leaving for college

BANG! NEWS – 50-year-old actress Cate Blanchett’s eldest son Dashiell, 18, is preparing himself to leave home and head off to college later this year. Cate has said she’s finding it “difficult” to come to terms with the idea of her son leaving the nest.

Asked about her son’s college plans, the Where’d You Go, Bernadette star said, “Do you want to see me cry? It is truly a huge event.”

“Sometimes I get asked what is the most difficult thing for a parent, I think it’s letting them go, being able to do it. My mother often told me – and I regularly rolled my eyes – ‘You will always be my child, I’m sorry, I don’t want to treat you like this but-‘. Now I understand perfectly what she meant. It is difficult to break away, very difficult, but I am so proud of my son. Of all of my kids, to be honest.”

Cate – who has Dashiell, as well as Roman, 15, Ignatius, 11, and adopted daughter Edith with her husband Andrew Upton – doesn’t know “what [she] will do” without Dashiell around the house, but is confident her son will “always need his mother”.

She added, “Now that my son is 18 and I wonder what I will do. ‘Dashiell no longer needs me,’ I say to myself. And then I think, ‘No, he will always need his mother.’ It is up to us to redefine the relationship we have with our children and allow them to grow up, to become adults. If not, we’ll get another dog!”