Colin FarrellColin Farrell has revealed for the first time that his son suffers from a rare genetic condition which delays his intellectual and physical development.

Four year old James was born with Angelman Syndrome, a condition found between 1 in 10-12,000 children which affects movement, speech and sleeping.

Colin shares custody of the boy with his ex-girlfriend Kim Bordenave and explained recently that he doesn’t consider his son to be disabled: “I have never thought of my son as being someone with a disability. It goes back to special needs and what is a disability and what isn’t.”

“With my son the only time I’m reminded that there is something different about him - that he has some deviation of what is perceived to be normal - is when I see him with other four-year-olds. Then I go, ‘Oh yeah’, and it comes back to me.”

“But from day one I felt that he’s the way he’s meant to be.”

Colin added he feels “incredibly blessed to have him in my life” and James shows “amazing courage” in his attempts to achieve “his individual potential”: “He took his first steps about six weeks ago and it was four years in the making. All the work is his, he worked his arse off for four years. And when he took the first steps it was incredibly emotional, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”