Ronan Farrow Talks Frank Sinatra Paternity Rumor: "I Take It in Stride"

Mia Farrow's son finds the speculation that he might be Ol' Blue Eyes' kid "hilarious"

By Josh Grossberg Oct 22, 2013 1:07 PMTags
Mia Farrow, Ronan FarrowD Dipasupil/FilmMagic

You might say Ronan Farrow is answering it his way.

After a Vanity Fair interview with his actress-activist mom, Mia Farrow, sparked speculation that Frank Sinatra could "possibly" be the father of her biological son instead of Woody Allen, the younger Farrow addressed the rumor on Monday at a benefit in New York.

"You know, I wasn't there, so I don't have a lot more to offer than you," Ronan told Vulture at an auction for the Holocaust survivor charity, The Blue Card, at the American Museum of Natural History. "Of course, it is a distraction…But I take it in stride. Look, we all have, you know, our family histories to bear…so…."

Looking to make a name for himself outside his famous pedigree, Farrow was just tapped last week to host his own weekday MSNBC show starting early next year.

But when pressed as to why he just doesn't take a DNA test to end the chatter once and for all, the 25-year-old lawyer and human rights activist dismissed the idea, preferring to talk about his new gig instead.

"I appreciate how hilarious it is. I mean, it's a ridiculous situation. That said, I'm pretty unfazed by it in substance, because it's been out there both publicly and privately for so long," said Farrow. "I have a relationship that I'm very happy with…with all parties involved. For me, the imperative is 'all right, we've talked about it, I get a kick out of it, everyone gets a kick out of it.' Let's move onto the substance, which is one reason I'm so excited to be rolling out this show."

The burgeoning political pundit also noted that whether he's the legendary crooner's offspring—Mia has revealed Sinatra was the love of her life—or the spawn of the famously neurotic director, finding out is isn't so important, he noted, given he hails from a large family full of adopted brothers and sisters.

"Look, I grew up in a family with 10 adopted siblings, so you know, if anything, I consider it an insult to them to obsess too much over the question of genetic provenance," Ronan added.

When also asked about a paternity test, Mia wasn't biting either.

"You know, we're happy as a family, and if I had any information or new stuff, I wouldn't be sharing it with you, would I? It would be a family matter."