Donnie Wahlberg said his mom only wanted one thing as her children grew up. And thankfully, he said he was able to give her that before she died last week.
Wahlberg spoke with Entertainment Tonight about his mom’s death to dementia last month. She was 78 years old. The Blue Bloods star said his last words to her were “you did a good job.”
Shortly after her death, the entertainment show ran a piece on Alma Wahlberg that ended with the host saying “You did a good job, Alma. Rest in peace.” Donnie Wahlberg said that’s all his mother would have wanted to hear at the end.
“That’s what I said to her. That was the last thing I said to her. She did good,” Donnie Wahlberg recalled.
“She loved your show, and when you said those words I just lost it. I’m losing it a little bit now because that’s it you know. That’s all she wanted to know, that she raised good kids and that she did a good job as a mom. When you said those words it just, I mean (my wife) Jenny (McCarthy) and I just literally cried for half an hour.”
“Entertainment Tonight” featured a clip of Alma from 1989 when Donnie Wahlberg was still in the popular boyband New Kids on the Block. He promised to buy her a house if he ever got famous. He made good on his word when he did, she said.
“I really believe that my success was the universe and God’s way of paying her back,” he said. “I was just a vessel to reward her for all the good that she brought into this world.”
Donnie Wahlberg Posts Touching Tribute To Alma
Alma was mother to Donnie Wahlberg and his eight siblings, including Mark Wahlberg and Wahlburgers chef Paul Wahlberg. She gained some fame from her time on the popular show Wahlburgers as a tough but loving character.
Donnie said that’s who was on and off camera, and he appreciated all she taught him.
“… That was Alma — mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, friend, ally, warrior, angel. She made no apologies for who she was, but never put herself above anyone else. She kicked our butts if we messed up, kicked anyone else’s butts if they messed with us. Taught us right, made us pay the price when we were wrong,” Donnie wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.
“She was the epitome of the word grace. As a young boy, she’d invite me to sing her favorite song with her (“Native New Yorker” by Odyssey) as she cleaned our home. There’s no doubt that the two of us singing into a mop stick, while disco dancing on our ‘sparkling’ linoleum floor, helped inspire the dreamer in me — just like the dreamer in her. Her other favorite song, “If I Could” by Regina Belle, is the song that she danced with each of her children to, at their weddings.”
Donnie continued with a story about his own wedding.
“I surprised her at mine by having Ms. Belle sing it to her. I did so because, despite the fact that my mom could do (and actually did) many of the things mentioned in that beautiful song, she still wondered if she’d done the job of being the best mother she could be. Today, I say with tremendous certainty, and gratitude, she absolutely did.”