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Terrence Howard‘s most important role isn’t playing Lucious Lyon on FOX’s hit drama “Empire,” but rather being a father of five children.  Howard recently sat down with People magazine to discuss being a father, and how he’s more “present” this time around.

Howard has three children with his ex-wife:  Aubrey, 23, Hunter, 21, and Heaven, 19.  He married his third wife, Mira, back in 2013 and has since had two more children, Quirin, who is nearly 2-years-old, and Hero, who is just 7-months-old.

Howard told People, “I was 24 when I started my first batch. I was still becoming a man.”  He continued, “I didn’t really put the time into my kids.”  He then went on to admit that he is more “present” this time around.

Howard also speaks about how everyone has room to grow, and why he believes his marriage will last.  Read more on the interview here, and get the full story in the latest issue of People out this Friday (3/24).