Woman’s Day (Australia)
Paul Hogan’s wedding joy!
A new romance has given the star another lease on life
After years of family strife and financial woes, Paul Hogan finally has that famous twinkle back in his eye, and it’s all thanks to a new woman – his future daughter-in-law Nola Santuccione-langdon.
The beloved 77-year-old actor is said to be delighted his son Scott has found love again with Nola, after the breakdown of his marriage to his first wife Saran.
The wedding couldn’t come at a better time, with Scott, 43, now on the mend after suffering a stroke. Naturally, the health scare left Paul and the rest of the family fearing the worst.
“Paul knows the wedding is exactly what the family needs after the stress of Scott’s illness. Of course, being a Hogan, Scott’s very resilient and is already back at his favourite watering hole, but it gave everyone a fright,” a family friend says.
“It made Paul realise just how important Nola and her teenage daughter Mia are to his son. Nothing makes him happier than the thought of seeing the couple tie the knot, especially after he came so close to losing his son.”
It follows a rocky few years for the Aussie icon. Paul had been living a lonely life in LA after his marriage to his former Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski, 59, broke down and she left him for her Moroccan tour guide lover Moulay Hafid Baba in 2013.
The ageing star was left to raise his youngest son Chance, his only child with Linda, as a single dad. It’s no secret Chance hasn’t been the easiest teen to manage and he’s frequently made headlines for bad behaviour. In 2015, for example, the 18-year-old was spotted smoking what looked to be a bong on the balcony of Paul’s LA home.
In further happy news for Hoges, sources have confirmed to Woman’s Day that his tireless attempts to turn Chance’s life around are taking effect. He even managed to persuade Chance to join him on a trip Down Under at the end of last year, with the pair staying on in Sydney for Christmas. They reunited with the five children Paul shares with his 76-year-old first wife Noelene Edwards: Brett, Clay, Todd, Loren and Scott.
Friends say the new spring in Paul’s step is also in part thanks to the resurgence of interest in his life, with the Seven miniseries Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story making him feel nostalgic about his successful career.
Revisiting all his personal milestones has also reminded Hoges how desperately he wants to move back to Australia. When he toured the country in 2013, he admitted he would love nothing more than to persuade wayward Chance to start afresh in his native land.
“Maybe I can sort of make the place more charming for him,” the star said. “Then, if he’ll come with me, we are in it [to stay].”
Now it seems with the excuse of a family wedding to prepare for, Paul might finally have the opportunity to convince his youngest son that home really is where the heart is.