Joey Fatone Talks His 'Little Entertainer' Daughter Kloey's Autism and Stage Presence: 'That Kid Has No Fear'
"I will help her out and support her totally, but I won’t be a stage dad!" Joey Fatone said about his plans if daughter Kloey becomes an entertainer
The ‘NSYNC alum chatted with Entertainment Tonight following an appearance on USA Network’s Big Star Little Star with 7½-year-old daughter Kloey Alexandra, dishing on the career path shemay end up taking.
“I do feel like Kloey could be my little entertainer,” said Fatone, 40 (he and wife Kelly are also parents to daughter Briahna, 16). “I will help her out and support her totally, but I won’t be a stage dad! The biggest thing I hope they learn [from my career] is that anything is possible.”
He adds that it “was very exciting,” to do the show with Kloey. “I was happy she had a great time and wasn’t nervous. That kid has no fear.”
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Kloey, Fatone shared with ET, has high-functioning autism. The pair won $5,000 for Autism Speaks on the Cat Deeley-hosted game show, confessing of his family’s experience with the condition that it “has tested us a lot.”
“She’s on the spectrum of autism and there are all different types, so everyone handles their child differently, but we handle it as we go, like most parents,” he says of Kloey.
“The things that I was able to simply explain or express to Briahna when she was young, I have to take a different approach with Kloey, for her to understand,” Fatone explains.
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The Dead 7 star is a self-professed “Mr. Mom” at home with his girls, telling ET he sneaks veggies into macaroni and cheese by pureeing them first.
But there’s only so much he can do, he admits. “I know things from a male perspective and they need the female perspective,” Fatone tells ET. “It’s especially challenging with a 16-year-old.”