Last last year, Cam Newton earned national headlines for a message of fatherhood he shared with his son, Chosen.
This week, he earned kudos for an Instagram note he left for his girlfriend’s daughter, Shakira, on her birthday. Essence Magazine was touched and named Newton one of 17 celebrity dads “who melt our heart every day.”
Newton said being a “stepdad” is a hard job.
“I remember the first day you called me daddy,” he writes, “and I was scared as hell, but when I thought about it, I was honored for you to think of me as not a male figure in your life but as a father figure you could learn from as well.”
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The message is written in the custom font that Cam prefers, but if you squint hard, you can make it all out.