Watch: Allison Holker & tWitch's Love Story
Some things are just genetic. Because when 5-year-old son Maddox joined Stephen "tWitch" Boss at the photo shoot for his newly launched limited-edition Psycho Bunny x tWitch collaboration, the preschooler took to the camera like, well, a Boss.
"Oh, he was ecstatic," tWitch recalled to E! News in an exclusive interview. "He was ecstatic. Like, he was beaming from ear to ear all day. He loved all the crew members. He loved being in front of the camera and also looking at the shots behind the camera. And that was awesome, too, to just watch him operate and kind of do his thing."
Certainly, Maddox wasn't the only one sporting a broad-faced grin as they posed in pieces as bright as tWitch's personality and demonstrated the steps for the accompanying #DADMOVES TikTok challenge. "When you see that your kids have a natural knack for something, I think that's really special," shared the proud dad of three. "And he just comes alive in front of the camera, he just really does."
So do they think they have a budding star on their hands?
Perhaps. tWitch says he and wife Allison Holker are constantly flip-flopping about whose (carefully choreographed) footsteps Maddox and 18-month-old sister Zaia are following in.
"We're really trying to figure out, like, what slice of who is our kids' personalities," he admitted. While eldest Weslie, Allison's 13-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, is unquestionably Mom's mini ("We're each other, I just happen to be the adult version," Allison recently told E! News), Maddox is a bit of "a toss-up," said tWitch. "Because there are a lot of times where I'm like, 'Maddox is exactly like you,' to Allison. Like, just a beam of light all day every day. But then I'm also like that too, you know?"
Uh, we're aware. The 38-year-old Montgomery, Ala. native has been lighting up our TV screens since the fourth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2008 and for the past seven years as The Ellen DeGeneres Show's in-house DJ and now co-executive producer.
And as you might expect from someone rarely seen without the most infectious of grins, he's not so much a glass-half-full type as he is someone who recognizes his glass is overflowing with abundance and he's here to drink it all up.
He, Allison and their crew constantly appear as if they're always having the most fun ever, whether they're showcasing their best dance grooves or another Boss Family Workout. And he'd agree that life at their bustling Los Angeles-area home is pretty much as fantastic as it appears.
"We all just naturally have a good time," he said, adding that he and Allison, 33, avoid getting caught up in the more negative parenting tropes. "Is it tiring? Absolutely. Are you constantly tired? Of course." But, as he put it, "God willing, our kids grow up happy and healthy and all that and we've got them for, what, 18 years? And in the grand scheme of that, that's not that long."
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Arguably, he and his bride of seven years have mastered that whole "happy and healthy" part. Though when asked to share the parenting secrets they've accumulated over the past decade, he humbly insists they're figuring it out as they go along just like the rest of us.
"There is no formula," he said with a laugh. "You know, there really isn't. And I think that that's like the great Catch-22. Right?" The way he sees it, they could subscribe to, say, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's style of punishment-free, fully autonomous parenting, "but that don't mean that our kids are going to turn out like Willow [Smith] and Jaden [Smith]."