Keanu Reeves and his sister Kim were born to Patricia Taylor, a costume designer and showgirl, and Samuel Reeves, a geologist in Beirut, Lebanon.
When the actor was only three years old, his father abandoned them and Patricia Taylor was left to raise two children by herself.
Keanu Reeves and his sister moved about a lot with their mother throughout their formative years, residing in places like Hawaii, Australia, and even New York. According to The Sun, Patricia Taylor eventually relocated to Canada with her kids.
Keanu Reeves still feels pain from Samuel Reeves’ actions.
The young boy did not have much of a relationship with his father. The last time Keanu saw his father was when he was 11 years old.
Samuel was sentences to ten years in 1994 after being found in possession of heroin and cocaine. He was nonetheless freed in 1996. Though the father-son duo has no relationship with each other, Reeves told Rolling Stone in 2000 that his relationship with his dad was painful.
After her split from Keanu’s father, Patricia got married three more times. She first tied the knot to a Broadway and Hollywood director called Paul Aaron in 1970, during her time in New York. This relationship barely lasted, as they got divorced the following year.
Patricia later got married to a rock music promoter called Robert Miller, and then to a hairdresser from Pennsylvania, called Jack Bond.
“The story with me and my dad’s pretty heavy. It’s full of pain and woe and f***ing loss and all that s**t,” Keanu Reeves said, according to Rolling Stone.
Not having a father figure in his life has affected him “in so many ways,” he said. When the interviewer touched upon his father being in jail, the actor said, “It’s his life, man. I hope he’s well. Whatever that means.”
In the later conversation, Keanu reiterated the sentiment that in his eyes, his relationship with his father was beyond repair.
It was reported that in the mid-90s, Keanu Reeves’s father tried to get in touch with him but the actor didn’t pay heed.
Meanwhile, his father admitted that he was responsible for their strained relationship. Samuel stated that his last memory of Reeves was when he was just a child playing with him in Hawaii’s Big Island.
“Occasionally, the spray would wash over the shelf, and the water would rush around our legs, and I would lift him up and hold him really tight. Then this big old wave really almost swept us right out. I caught my boy just as he was being sucked away by knee-deep water. I think Keanu was 11,” recalled Samuel, according to Mirror Online.
The father admits that his addiction to drugs and his shifty lifestyle stopped him from having a proper relationship with Kim and Keanu Reeves. From afar, Samuel Reeves has seen his son go through tragic moments, which include the actor losing his daughter after she was stillborn and losing the mother of his child, Jennifer Syme, whom he once loved.
“I pretty much know what he’s doing, but he’s made it clear that he wants nothing to do with me,” Samuel Reeves said about his son. “I’m embarrassed by it all. Keanu said my life was ‘tragic’ and, oh boy, does that hurt. Sad, yeah? I never figured things would end up this way. But he’ll always be my boy.”
Keanu Reeves didn’t have his father around for most of his life, neither through the star-studded moments of success and nor through the heartbreaking ones. But now, he does have one important person in his life who can make the going a little easier. And that is artist Alexandra Grant, who is now in a relationship with Keanu Reeves.
Keanu has remained close to his mother, and has brought her to a number of his red carpet events over the years.