Liam Neeson: Sex is losing its mystery

Liam Neeson, the star of 'Love Actually', says society has become so sexualised that it is ruining relationships.

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A single parent since the death of his beloved wife, Natasha Richardson, three years ago, Liam Neeson says he has struggled to cope with the sexualised nature of society.

“I’d hate to be a kid now, because we’re all inundated with so much information about sexuality coming at us from everywhere – the media, the advertising billboards, just everywhere – and it must be so confusing for them,” says the actor, who has two sons, Micheál, 17, and Daniel, 16, by Richardson.

The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Schindler’s List and Love Actually says the sexualisation of society is ruining loving relationships. “There’s a problem that, if you become over-familiar with something, it moves from the sacred to almost the profane,” he tells The Catholic Herald.

“The act is very, very special, you know. It’s full of mystery and wonder, and I’d hate us all to get to the stage where we just treat it lightly, because it deserves more than that … but times have changed since I was young, no doubt about it.”

Richardson, the daughter of the actress Vanessa Redgrave and the director Tony Richardson, was 45 when she died after suffering a head injury in a fall while skiing in Canada.

The actress, who starred in films including Patty Hearst and The Parent Trap, had been married to Neeson for 15 years. Her first husband was Robert Fox, the film and theatre producer.

A year and a half after her death, Neeson, 60, began stepping out with Freya St Johnston, a public relations executive, but the relationship was reported last October to have “fizzled out” because he wanted to spend more time in New York with his sons.

I remember when I was in grade six, these two students kissed behind the school and it was a big deal. I don't know if we were all just sheltered, or if things have really changed. I'm a teacher now, and some of these kids (12 years old and younger) are making out in classrooms with their "boyfriends" and "girlfriends". I wonder if sex has a different meaning to them then it did for us when we were growing up. Thoughts?

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