“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg celebrated his 52nd birthday Tuesday. And his big day was significant for several reasons. The fact that it’s the first birthday he’s celebrated without his mom around is chief among them. He posted a video of his late mother Alma, who passed away in April, sending him birthday wishes.
It’s no secret the love Donnie, brother Mark, and the rest of their siblings had for their late mom. She raised a large brood of kids, two of whom became television and movie stars, respectively. Alma Wahlberg’s exact cause of death is still undisclosed beyond an illness she had been struggling with. She was 78 years old when she passed in April, but death always comes tragically too soon.
The Wahlberg kids took Alma’s death pretty hard. They offered touching tributes in the form of social media posts. And now, the “Blue Bloods” star is remembering his mom with a touching post about how grateful he is to have had her in his life.
“Happy birthday, Donnie. It’s mommy. Oh, I wish I was with you on your birthday. I miss you. But I hope you have a wonderful birthday. You deserve it. I love you. Okay, baby,” Alma Wahlberg said in the video.
It Wasn’t Just His Late Mom Who Donnie Wahlberg Was Thankful For
Donnie Wahlberg has enjoyed a tremendous amount of support over the years. A fan favorite for his long-established boy band New Kids on the Block, he also has a huge following from the decade he’s spent on “Blue Bloods.”
“Thankful to each and every person who has been part of my journey, and to each and every person who has blessed me with the opportunity to be part of your journeys,” part of Wahlberg’s Instagram caption read.
‘Blue Bloods’ Star Donnie Wahlberg Credits Success to His Mom
If it hadn’t been for Alma, the world never would have been able to appreciate the “Blue Bloods” star. It’s no wonder then, that he credits her with his success.
“It was in my mother and in my father, I rationalized the successes of New Kids. Because I did not do anything in my short 18 or 19 years to deserve such success, but they did a lot in their years,” Wahlberg told Entertainment Weekly in April. “My mother did so much for so many — things that she would never talk about or brag about — that I really believe that my success was the universe and God’s way of paying her back.”