A “homesick” Paul Hogan has often expressed his desire to return home to Australia, however, his granddaughter may have now derailed his plans to leave the US.
A source close to Hogan revealed to Woman’s Day that the Crocodile Dundee star’s granddaughter, Mylee, is making a move to the US for work and that she is moving in with her superstar grandfather.
“After the Sunrise drama around the now infamous Glenn McGrath joke that went horribly wrong, Mylee wants to start afresh in the US, especially as her grandad is there,” explained the source.
“Having Mylee in his house is going to really give Paul a reason to live his best life and she wants to spend as much time with him as she can.”
Hogan has previously revealed that although he has “been homesick for years” he is unable to make the move back to Australia.
“I’ve been homesick for years,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I miss the people, the ambience – and there’s something you just can’t put your finger on, but there’s something about Australia that is friendlier and more laid-back.”
Hogan then revealed what’s keeping him in the US is his son, Chance, but that he hopes he can return home someday soon.
“I’d rather be there, but I have my last child [Chance] who is an American – he only has me, whereas my tribe at home, they’ve all got each other,” he said.
“Then the years have slipped by, and I’m sort of stuck here.
“I’ve got 10 grandchildren and they are all adults – but for Chance, the only family he’s got is me. All his friends, his band, musician mates, girlfriends, everything – they’re all American.
“So I’m hanging in there a bit longer, but eventually I’ll get back.”
Despite having to remain in the US, he has previously stated that would be “out of here in a flash” if his son was prepared to make the move to Australia.
Given that Hogan’s son is already keeping the superstar in the US, the addition of his granddaughter will likely mean the entertainment icon will be staying in the US for the foreseeable future.
Hogan, 83, moved to the US with his ex-wife in the 90s and has resided there for over two decades.
In addition to his ongoing homesickness, Hogan recently revealed that he has been left feeling “feeble” after suffering an ongoing health battle.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Aussie legend Paul Hogan has spoken candidly with Tracy Grimshaw about recent health struggles.
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In a 2022 interview with A Current Affair, Hogan revealed to Tracy Grimshaw that he has battled with retroperitoneal fibrosis.
According to Healthline, the rare condition “occurs when excess fibrous tissue develops in the space behind your stomach and intestine called the retroperitoneal area”.
“This often causes compression and blockage of the ureters, which are the tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to your bladder,” Healthline explained.
Hogan spoke of how the condition and the treatment caused his muscles and body fat to deteriorate, forcing him to rely on his son for help.
“I’ve been better. I had a problem on the aorta and the kidney and the treatment fixed it but it shrunk me,” Hogan said.
“I‘ve lost all my body fat and the muscles all shrank and my strength has come back because it left me feeble. I had to get Chance to open jars for me. I’ve just got zero body fat.”
After remaining in shape for most of his life, Hogan revealed it was troubling when his health started going downhill.
“I maintained right up until 79 I was still fit,” he said.
“I’d still take out most 40-year-olds then I turned 80 and there‘s a saying that turning 80’s not for sissies because things start to fall apart but, no, I can’t complain.”