Woody Allen Calls Relationship With Soon-Yi Paternal

By on July 30, 2015
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Woody Allen describes his relationship with wife Soon-Yi Previn as paternal, odd considering he has been accused of child molestation. Woody has many idiosyncrasies but marrying his girlfriend’s daughter was not one of them. The famously private director gave a rare glimpse into his relationship when he spoke with NPR‘s film critic Sam Fragoso.

Once upon a time Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were in love. Despite their separate living arrangements The New York Times once wrote about them saying:

Few married couples seem more married.

That was until Mia found naked pictures of Soon-Yi in Woody’s apartment setting off an explosive break-up in which Mia accused Woody of molesting Dylan Farrow, the daughter they adopted together. Woody has always denied those charges though Dylan maintains they are true and called out several of his celebrity friends for their continued support of her father.

The split only became even uglier when Woody and Soon-Yi married. The rest of Mia’s children, including Woody’s son, Satchel, now known as Ronan, stopped speaking to Woody and Soon-Yi. There are some reports that Mia’s son Moses later reconciled with his sister and Woody and blasted Mia’s accusations.

Despite the child molestation cloud that has hung over his head for the past 23 years, he apparently saw nothing odd about describing his relationship with Soon-Yi as paternal. Claiming the age difference “didn’t seem to matter” he claimed instead that it worked in their favor.

In another odd statement coming from a man accused of destroying a family, Woody said that he considered Soon-Yi a passing thing in the beginning. He said:

I started the relationship with her and thought it would be just a fling. It wouldn’t be serious, but it had a life of its own. Then we started going together, then we started living together, and we were enjoying it.

Sad for Soon-Yi that he describes her as a fling. Sadder for the rest of her family that he would engage in what he believed would be a short-term fling at the expense of someone he had children with. As far as the attraction, Woody claims Soony-Yi enjoyed the experiences he introduced her to and he enjoyed showing them to her.


When reflecting on the length of their relationship he said:

I’m 35 years older, and somehow, through fault of mine or hers, the dynamic worked.

Instead of just leaving it there he expanded on his thoughts and, again, for a man accused of molesting his daughter, his explanation is creepy:

I was paternal. She responded to someone paternal. I liked her youth and energy. She deferred to me, and I was happy to give her an enormous amount of decision making just as a gift and let her take charge of so many things. She flourished.

Does it sound like a love story yet? Or does it sound more like a young impressionable girl with a crush on her mommy’s boyfriend who gets off on the young girl’s crush?

Soon-Yi may have a different recollection of their relationship because she once told Time:

To think that Woody was in any way a father or stepfather to me is laughable


It is possible that Woody and Soon-Yi have different definitions of paternal. What do you think of Woody Allen’s relationship with Soon-Yi. They have married and had children together. Does that change things? Is Woody’s description of the relationship acknowledging the age difference or is it creepy?

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