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Paulina Gretzky is crediting her father and mother for her solid footing in the dual worlds of golf and high fashion.
Gretzky, 35, the planet’s No. 1 Golf WAG, opened her heart to KIND magazine in an exclusive interview.
As the daughter of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky and actress Janet Jones, the spotlight has been on the model since she was a child. That has continued into adulthood as the wife of LIV Golf star Dustin Johnson.
“Growing up in the 90s, there was this pressure on us as if we had to do it now, but I had to find myself — find my true happiness, first,” Gretzky told the magazine.
And true happiness has always meant family. She lives in North Palm Beach, Fla. with Johnson and their young children. Wayne and Janet live just 10 minutes away. The Gretzky-Johnsons often share Sunday dinners, golf, tennis and softball.
The transition from model to mom hasn’t always been easy, Gretzky told KIND.
“I was stuck in this, ‘What is Paulina Gretzky going to do?’ But like, I don’t always know and it’s OK to not know — not many of us do — but at the same time, I like who I am — I love who I am — and I’m ready to venture out now,” she said.
“Pregnancy was tough and I’m not going to lie, adjusting to my new body, it took a toll. But then I realized I had to pull myself out of this for my children. But then I realized again, that that wasn’t quite right either — I had to pull myself out of it for my relationship with Dustin. I had to pull myself out of it for me.”
For the Instagram star, the biggest life lesson she learned from her famous father is how much he loves her mother.
“The way he loves my mom and respects her is a huge part of everything and not just for me, but for all of us kids,” she said, adding her grandfather treated her grandmother the same way.
“It’s the same way my dad is with Dustin, and how he is with all his grandkids, both of my parents set an amazing example and it comes down to paying attention and treating each other kindly, being present, and I also need to point out how great Dustin is with our kids,” she said.
Initially she was reluctant to marry the champion golfer because his life was lived out of a suitcase. But when he’s golfing, he’s golfing. When he’s at home, he’s all theirs, she said.
“The example I set for my kids with Dustin is we have to do it together. We’re not always on the same page, but we trust each other enough so that I know he’s doing right by our children and he knows I’m doing right by our kids — we talk about it, but at the fundamental level is trust,” she told Kind.
“Around the house, my dad is grandpa and Dustin is dad.”