"I'm okay because I've had the best body in New York City for decades."
Success and having a public profile always come at a price, namely having to deal with the minority of haters that always seem to make themselves known despite no one wanting them there.
Last month when images surfaced of a relaxing Vin Diesel on the balcony of a Miami Hotel, with a larger yet perfectly fine physique, Diesel had to deal with his own group of unwanted critics. For some die-hard fans, this may not be the chiseled body that everyone is used to, but the use of the label 'dad bod' to body shame the Riddick star was definitely not acceptable.
Because Vin Diesel is most likely endowed with superhuman capabilities, the 48-year-old was able to bounce back to his signature ripped look in a matter of days with fantastic results:
More recently, Vin Diesel considerately took the time in an interview with Complex to break down the 'complex' concept of 'dad bod' for the simpleton haters, explaining:
"It’s like, dad bod goes viral. Like really? ... I get it, you know? I mean, a) I don’t have to be in front of the camera for a couple months and b) I really am a dad."
Well, there you go haters, Diesel does have a 'dad bod'; technically speaking, he is a dad (of 3!) and he has a body with which he can do anything he wants.
'Dad bod' is a positively simple term to describe the movie star just how he is. All of the body shaming that comes attached to the term is just negative energy created by the haters with nothing better to do. Isn't that right, Vin?
We know that the Fast & Furious star agrees because in a recent interview with BBC's Newsbeat, he commented:
"I feel sorry for people who have to cut other people down to feel better about themselves."
In the same interview, Diesel said that the negative comments do not stop him from doing his thing. The star continues to post lighthearted and rather adorable videos of himself singing with his children to fans -- something he considers "more daring."
"I don't stay away from the internet. I think there's great value in getting feedback in terms of social media."
Returning to his interview with Complex, the star defends his versatile physique and highlights the importance of having a larger body for professional work:
"There is no love lost there for me. I sing on my Facebook. You don’t get more dangerous than that, right? I was a bouncer at 17. I play fat roles sometimes. Jackie DiNorscio [from 2006’s Find Me Guilty] was a character that was dealing with obesity in some ways and the whole fun of that character was to play fat Jack and play this man. So I would rather have the type of body that can comply to a certain role."
The Guardians of the Galaxy star continued to discuss why having a larger body was important for the role in his newest flick The Last Witch Hunter:
"The director didn’t believe that there were Gold’s Gyms in the 13th century and didn’t want me to work out, ... [s]o this character won’t be as chiseled as Riddick, and I am going to be making films long after I grace the covers of Men’s Fitness."
It's so great to see Vin Diesel unfazed and able to deal with the hurtful comments that internet trolls and haters spew across social media.
Keep doing your thing Vin -- it's you with the high profile career and all round success, anyway!
Check out the trailer for The Last Witch Hunter below!