Well, it’s been a tough few days for fans of Nicky Pattinson. The proud dad of two passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2020, at the age of 44. He had been in a long-term relationship with American artist and model Layla Rose; they were proud parents of a son, Bingo, who was born in July 2019. Unfortunately, his health took a turn for the worse, and he was forced to spend more time in hospital. Now, his family, friends, and fans are trying to come to terms with his untimely passing and grieving for his children.

An Unforgettable Bond Between a Father and Son

The father-son relationship is one that will be cherished for many years to come. As a parent, you want your child to be happy and live a life full of love. Similarly, as a son or daughter, you want your parent to be proud of you and feel secure enough in your love to offer comfort when needed.

For the first seven years of his life, Bingo was with his dad, and it was clear to see how much the boy looked up to him. In one of their many dad-son bonding sessions, Nicky taught his son to fish, took him on bike rides and walks, held his hand as he crossed the street, and let him wear his rings. He also regularly attended his kid’s school events, including sporting events and concerts, holding his camera constantly in his hands. In fact, the proud papa has instilled a “never lose sight of the art” attitude in his son, and the young man has certainly absorbed this wisdom.

While their bond was undeniable, it was clearly a source of pain for Nicky to be away from his family for such a long time. After serving his country in the armed forces for a few years, he decided to pursue a career in music. He settled on acting and modelling, and began his career with small roles in film and television. He also had a recurring role on the teen soap opera, Grown-ish, as Tim Walker’s (Adam DeVries) divorced dad. Tim is the son of Kate (Heather Locklear) and Timmy Walker (Tony Hale), who is also Nicky’s best friend. After appearing as Tim’s dad for a few years, he began dating his own mother. Nicky also made numerous appearances at Elton John’s 70th birthday party in January 2022. It was at this event that he met American supermodel and social activist Gigi Hadid. The two began dating, and in April 2022, she gave birth to their first child, a daughter, Anisha. A few months later, on September 6, 2022, the couple welcomed their second child, a son, Kreginald.

Despite his busy schedule, Nicky managed to find time to be with his family. He took them out for walks, played games with them, and cooked them dinner once or twice a week. He was also very hands-on with his nephew and niece, especially when they were younger. In fact, he helped raise them since their mom died when they were two years old. He also attended their ballet recitals and school musicals, and bought them all the necessary costumes and accessories. If he couldn’t be with them in person, he watched them on film and on social media.

A Tragic Loss For Layla Rose And The Modeling Industry

In the years since they first met, Layla Rose and Nicky Pattinson have become firm friends. The American model and social media influencer has known first-hand the pain of losing a parent, and has been there for the younger man during his time of need. She shared with Harper’s Bazaar Australia that being a mom had changed her perspective on life:

“I feel so fortunate that I got to experience motherhood. It was such a gift. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being a mommy now more than ever. And I know that my son, Bingo, feels the same way. It’s been really special having him around more lately. He’s an amazing kid and an awesome addition to our family. I’m so glad I got to spend these last few years with him. I love you, Bingo.”

The two were first linked years ago, when Layla featured him in an Instagram post, along with the caption, “Always happy to help.” They began regularly sharing images and video messages to their hundreds of thousands of followers. Fans quickly took note of their cute and cuddly “bromance,” and began speculating about the father-son relationship. Some claimed that Nicky was actually Layla’s husband, while others surmised that they were dating. However, those in the know say that the two are simply good friends looking out for each other. They both have a passion for music and enjoy spending time together, chatting about the latest pop culture and sharing music.

While they may enjoy each others’ company, Layla’s life will be forever changed by the death of her son’s father. The model, who is known for her work with brands like Adidas and Gucci, as well as her own clothing line, Flower Child, was forced to put her career on hold for the foreseeable future. She couldn’t attend any of Bingo’s events and was unable to work. She turned to social media to get some semblance of normality back in her life.

What Will Happen To The Kids’ Careers?

The young men whose parents we have talked about so far have all found success in their chosen fields. Tim’s acting career took off after he was cast in a leading role in the ABC comedy series, Grandpa Advert. His character, Tim, is the grandfather of two kids, Max (Samson Chi) and Lucy (Isabella Stout), who are played by Nick Cannon and Siana Pearce. The comedy series is based on Cannon’s life, and features cameos from celebrities like Kevin Hart, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and more. After Tim’s work was praised by fans and critics alike, he was cast in a remake of the 70s classic, Annie. This was followed by a role in the action comedy, Night School. While the first two films were not commercial successes, they established Tim as a comedy actor to watch out for. He also landed a role in the upcoming action film, Death Race, alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Biehn. The movie is expected to come out in August 2022.

Kevin’s acting career took a bit of a different turn. He landed a role in the critically acclaimed Disney television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which follows the comical adventures of title character, Miriam “Midge” Maisel, played by Rachel Brosnahan. Midge is a working class Jewish woman who decides to explore her hidden talents as a comedic actress. The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a comedy series. Though he didn’t win the award, the nomination was a major coup for Kevin, who had previously been overlooked for major parts in several of his Hollywood films.

As for Nicky’s son, Bingo, he started out as a swimmer before enrolling in acting classes at university. The young man’s first appearance on screen was in the 2019 coming-of-age film, The Dinner Party, where he played one of the sons of Oscar winner Diane Lane. He was later cast in the leading role of Tim Walker’s (Adam DeVries) divorced dad in Grown-ish. Since then, he has appeared on film and television in supporting roles. He was also selected to play the role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the upcoming Netflix biopic, Mozart in the Jungle, directed by Michael Mitchelson. The film is set to premiere in October 2022.

It’s clear to see that all three of these men are committed to their children and family. They all cherish time together, and make every effort to be there for their kids. Even when they’re not, they find ways to be close to them, through phone calls and video chats. It’s a bond that will be sorely missed, but that they and their families are determined to keep.