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    Jessica Chastain puts on a brave front after revelations of tragic family past... and the recent death of estranged biological father

    By Daily Mail Reporter
    PUBLISHED: 18:26 EST, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 03:03 EST, 15 February 2013


    Jessica Chastain has emerged for the first time since reports surfaced that her biological father, who she was estranged from, died last week.
    The actress put on a brave face as she arrived at New York Fashion Week on Thursday to sit front row in the Calvin Klein show.
    The Oscar nominee kept warm in a brown wool coat but once inside unveiled her crimson dress, which was cinched in at her tiny waist with a black belt.

    Brave face: Jessica Chastain emerged for the first time since reports surfaced that her biological father died last week in New York on Thursday

    Jessica gave a small smile as she made her way into the venue in patent burgundy pumps, clearly keen to see what the fashion brand has in store for the Autumn/Winter season.
    Olivia Wilde sat by Jessica's side in the front row, before the pair posed up with creative director Francisco Costa.



    It seems the actress is keeping busy following the publication of a new report in Star Magazine through Radar which alleges that the 35-year-old actress 'refuses to acknowledge her biological father Michael Monasterio' and 'wants nothing to do with him.'
    Tragically, Star reports that Monasterio, a musician who lived in Sacramento, California, passed away on February 5 aged 55 due to complications from bronchitis.




    Fashion fan: The actress arrived at the Calvin Klein show at New York Fashion Week to sit in the front row

    Jessica is said to have 'publicly thanked her mother Jerri Chastain and father Michael Hastey earlier this year', but the magazine report says Hastey is not her real father.

    A close friend of the late musician told Star: 'Michael adored Jessica, but it broke his heart that she never mentioned his existence, for whatever reason.'

    The magazine's report corroborates comments made by Monasterio on his own Facebook page which says that vegan chef Jerri 'took off' with daughters Jessica and Juliet and then 'changed her name so he couldn't find them for years.'
    Jessica is widely reported to have been born 'Jessica Howard' before taking her mother's maiden name as her acting career took off.


    Keeping busy: Jessica distracted herself after it was reported that she is said to 'refuse' to publicly acknowledge her biological father



    Front row friends: Jessica posed up with Olivia Wilde who she was sat beside at the event

    Jerri and Michael had been high school sweethearts and broke up shortly after Jessica and Juliet were born in 1977 and 1978 respectively.

    'Michael was a typical '80s rocker, so he was definitely no innocent but neither was Jessica's mom,' a family friend tells Star.
    'So it was always upsetting to Michael that Jessica turned her back on him, especially after Jerri remarried, and eventually started referring to her stepdad Michael Hastey as her father.'

    Indeed Jessica once referred to Hastey in a magazine interview: 'My dad's a fireman. I'm not happy about that. I'm proud but it scares me.'

    Fashionable friends: Jessica and Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa





    High style: Olivia (left) and actress Michelle Chen




    Model behaviour: Model Jessica Hart (left) and blogger Bip Ling

    Under the spotlight: Models showcase the new Calvin Klein collection



    Despite the estrangement, Monasterio wrote a Facebook post alongside a picture of a three- year-old Jessica calling Jerri a 'good mom,' and mentioning that Jessica 'always smelled of baby powder.'
    Another shot shows his own mother - also with red hair, holding a young Jessica at two-years-old.

    'My Mother and my first daughter, her mother and I were highschool sweethearts, with two little ones, My Mom really loved this one, such an awesome baby...' he wrote as a caption.

    Estrangement: Michael Monasterio as pictured in rock pose in a picture from his Facebook page


    Memories: Michael tragically died on February 5


    Juliet eventually reconciled with their father, but then tragically committed suicide aged 24.'She took her life at home with a shotgun,' Monasterio wrote on his Facebook page alongside pictures of his late daughter. 'It f***ed my world up for years. It demolished me. I couldn't get outta bed for months, just went all over the country for years trying to figure out why.'
    Alongside another picture of Juliet, he writes: 'My child. I miss her so much.'

    Photographs posted of Juliet, who Monasterio nicknamed 'Jewel', show a girl resembling Jessica but with long wavy brown hair and brown eyes, often playing the drums.

    In response to a post by a friend expressing concern about her own daughter, he wrote: 'Young woman get hurt so bad over men and don't want to continue, it's the worst thing in the world. Never want to lose a child, ever, I love my child everyday and miss her forever.'
    Monasterio was clearly proud of Jessica's acting career, posting up comments on his public Facebook page back in 2010, before the star found worldwide fame.

    'My first baby Jessica Chastain, has a movie coming out May 27th with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn,' he wrote, referring to The Tree of Life. 'She did nine movies last year just right on the cusp of being big.
    'Google her, she is pretty private but you can see her deal,' he adds.


    Before she was famous: Jessica aged three, as pictured on a post on Monasterio



    Baby love: Monasterio posted an adorable photograph of Jessica aged two, with his mother
    During her Golden Globes acceptance speech after winning Best Actress, Chastain said: 'I've wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl and I've worked for a really long time.'
    Monasterio appears to reiterate her comments in another Facebook post, writing: 'My daughter new (sic) at a very young age that she wanted to act, and her and my other daughter Juliet use to put on little shows for the peeps in the neighbourhood, but Jessica went into acting and Juliet went into drumming.'
    A memorial service for Monasterio will take place on February 23, the day before the Oscars, but it is unclear if she will attend.




    Memories: Another Facebook picture shows Jerri Chastain aged 16, and Michael, aged 17, just six months before she gave birth to Jessica






    Tragedy: Juliet, Jessica's younger sister, killed herself aged 24, back in 2003

    Monasterio's death came suddenly and he 'didn't have a lot of money' when he died, according to the family friend.

    Nicole - Jessica's half sister - is having to arrange his memorial service and has posted a page on the Internet asking for donations.
    'It's a shame that Jessica, with all the money she's made in Hollywood couldn't help out,' the insider adds.

    Jessica has never publicly spoken about Monasterio or Juliet in any interview. MailOnline has contacted Jessica's representatives for comment but has yet to receive a response.


    Stars of the show: Jessica in her Oscar-nominated role of CIA agent Maya in Zero Dark Thirty




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    I was so saddened to read about her sister's suicide. I can't imagine why the newspaper would contact her and expect a comment about it.

    On a happier note, Jessica's was adorable as a child!

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    Jessica is said to have 'publicly thanked her mother Jerri Chastain and father Michael Hastey earlier this year', but the magazine report says Hastey is not her real father.
    Nonsense. If she thought of him as her father, then he was her real father. Parenthood isn't really about DNA.
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    So she thinks of her stepdad, the man who raised her, as her actual dad rather than the sperm donor who took off when she was a baby and reappeared when she became famouse? Quelle surprise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoNoRehab View Post
    So she thinks of her stepdad, the man who raised her, as her actual dad rather than the sperm donor who took off when she was a baby and reappeared when she became famouse? Quelle surprise.
    I'm still curious about this paragraph, though:

    The magazine's report corroborates comments made by Monasterio on his own Facebook page which says that vegan chef Jerri 'took off' with daughters Jessica and Juliet and then 'changed her name so he couldn't find them for years.'

    My concern would be that he didn't actually abandon the family, but rather his wife left, made it so that it was impossible to reach his kids, and then the relationship with his daughters was damaged that way.
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    The article also says that Jessica's mom was a teenager, 16, when she was born and 17 when Jessica's sister was born. The bio dad wasn't much older. Far be it from me to cast aspersions on the behavior of a teenage musician in the 1970's, but I kinda side-eye his story that it was his high school girlfriend with two babies before the age of 18 who prevented him from being a devoted father while he chased rock star dreams in California. Especially with his resentment that his ex-girlfriend (it never mentions them marrying) dared to marry what sounds like a nice guy, who became father to her kids and who apparently is still married to her. Just a hunch that it wasn't Jessica's mom who went off exploring the limitless opportunities available to single teen moms in the 70's.
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    Maybe his wife did take off on him and if that is the case I feel sad that Jessica didn't give him a chance. I'm watching some real life drama go down IRL with a cousin and his soon to be ex is a nutbag that is doing everything in her power to keep him from his kids and he did nothing wrong. Maybe he wasn't her perfect image of a husband but he loves his kids so I tend to take stories like this and think yep there is always another side.
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    Seems that FB is being used to settle scores to me. Another reason why it is the debbil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoNoRehab View Post
    The article also says that Jessica's mom was a teenager, 16, when she was born and 17 when Jessica's sister was born. The bio dad wasn't much older. Far be it from me to cast aspersions on the behavior of a teenage musician in the 1970's, but I kinda side-eye his story that it was his high school girlfriend with two babies before the age of 18 who prevented him from being a devoted father while he chased rock star dreams in California. Especially with his resentment that his ex-girlfriend (it never mentions them marrying) dared to marry what sounds like a nice guy, who became father to her kids and who apparently is still married to her. Just a hunch that it wasn't Jessica's mom who went off exploring the limitless opportunities available to single teen moms in the 70's.
    I agree that there is a lot of room for interpreting that a 17-year-old rock musician was probably not a great husband or father. That being said, if it were also true (and the story says his claim is corroborated) that the mom left town and changed names so that he could not track his kids down, that's not right either. Unless he was a physical threat to the family, maybe. I would like to know more of the story.
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    I would like to know less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollo View Post
    I would like to know less.
    Then, do whatever Britney Spears is doing. It sure seems to be working for her.

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    Maybe his wife did take off on him and if that is the case I feel sad that Jessica didn't give him a chance.


    The article never says they were married. Just that Jessica was born when her mom was 16, her sister when their mom was 17, and her parents broke up "shortly after" the sister was born. He was a year older than Jessica's mom and they were in high school together. Coincidentally, that would put their breakup right around the time he graduated high school.

    Who knows, maybe he was the one in a million 18 year old aspiring musician who wanted to play Mr. Mom and she was the one in a million teen mom in high school with the resources to flee her hometown with two babies. But my spidey sense is telling me that the truth is probably that the dude knocked up his high school girlfriend, then graduated and realized that having a 17 year old high school girlfriend and two babies didn't mesh with the rock star life.
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    Well I guess this can put those Ron Howard rumors to rest, finally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    Then, do whatever Britney Spears is doing. It sure seems to be working for her.
    But I don't hate myself! I will pick up some style tips if you insist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoNoRehab View Post
    The article never says they were married. Just that Jessica was born when her mom was 16, her sister when their mom was 17, and her parents broke up "shortly after" the sister was born. He was a year older than Jessica's mom and they were in high school together. Coincidentally, that would put their breakup right around the time he graduated high school.

    Who knows, maybe he was the one in a million 18 year old aspiring musician who wanted to play Mr. Mom and she was the one in a million teen mom in high school with the resources to flee her hometown with two babies. But my spidey sense is telling me that the truth is probably that the dude knocked up his high school girlfriend, then graduated and realized that having a 17 year old high school girlfriend and two babies didn't mesh with the rock star life. [/COLOR]
    I agree, but if someone is the biological parent of two kids, and knows he or she is the parent, I can't see a moral or legal case where the other parent can disappear with the kids and make it impossible for him to find them until years later.

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