Things are evidently slowing down for the mega star, as he seems to be spending more time with his family, as he supported Victoria with the rest of the family at New York Fashion Week in February, and just last week he had quality bonding time with son, Brooklyn. Here are some highlights from the in-depth interview:
His love for tattoos:
"The tattoos are a way of me expressing deeper feelings about the things I care about and love. Am I done? Probably not . . . Think Victoria's given up on telling me to stop now. She used to. She used to say, 'Do you have to?' But she knows it makes me happy."
On escaping Hollywood:
"I'm secure as a person, as a husband, as a dad. I've gone past the point of really worrying, caring. When I was 22 years old, it might have affected me differently. I'm 40, I've got four amazing kids, and an amazing wife, amazing parents, amazing in-laws, amazing friends who I trust: It doesn't matter what people say."
On dealing with tabloids:
"You know, some things get said and then you just laugh about it . . . I work hard for my money. I'm not going to give it away on legal fees all the time. There are certain battles that you pick. When they're not worth picking, they're laughable stories."
On being away from family:
"I get physically ill when I know I have to leave the kids now."
On his career's journey:
"Over the years, you do change as a person. A steely side comes out, on the field and off the field. It sets you up to be strong no matter what."