Rebecca Soteros is famous as ex-girlfriend of late American actor Paul Walker, who played the famous character Brian O'Conner in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise. She is also the mother of Paul’s only child, Meadow Rain Walker. Rebecca and Paul first met in California and began dating in early 1998, and eventually Rebecca became pregnant with Meadow. Paul put down her marriage proposal as he was 25 and not ready for marriage. As Paul was not willing to give any commitment, Rebecca called it quits and relocated to Hawaii, and raised Meadow till the age of 13, following which Meadow moved to California to live with her father. Rebecca meanwhile developed her own issues with alcohol. After the fatal car accident of Paul in November 2013, Rebecca came to California to be at her daughter’s side and following her daughter’s custody battle with Paul’s mother, Cheryl Ann, which was later settled, Rebecca started living with Meadow in California. She helps the girl run several charities in Paul’s name.
Rise to Fame
Rebecca met Paul Walker in California. Although Paul had started his television career as a toddler starring in a TV commercial, and later made his television and film debut as a child artist, he was yet to make it big in the entertainment industry when he met Rebecca. The two started dating in early 1998. Rebecca thought of getting married to Paul, but he took the relationship more casually. Rebecca became pregnant with Meadow in March that year and when she approached Paul for marriage, the 25 year old actor refused as he felt that he was not matured enough to get into a marriage. Their daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, was born on November 4, 1998. As Paul was not willing to give any commitment, Rebecca parted ways and relocated to Hawaii with Meadow.
When Meadow was 12 years old, she approached her father and asked him whether she can live with him in California. After living with her mother till the age of 13, Meadow shifted to California in 2011 to live with her father. Although it is not known what prompted Meadow to take such a step, many opine that it was Rebecca’s issues with alcohol that led Meadow to move away from her, while others believe that the little daughter wanted to strengthen her relationship with her father. It is also speculated that Meadow made efforts in persuading her parents to get married, which however failed.
Paul met with a fatal single-car crash on November 30, 2013. At that time he was dating Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell. Hearing about such unfortunate incident, Rebecca, who spent some good times of her life with Paul and remained close to him, flew to California to be at her daughter’s side. Even Paul once revealed that he still loved the mother of his daughter. Rebecca was seen consoling her daughter during a non-denominational ceremony for Paul at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Paul named his mother Cheryl Ann as the intended guardian of Meadow in his will, following which Rebecca had a custody battle with Cheryl. The latter contended that Rebecca was not fit to take guardianship of Meadow citing her two DUI incidents. The two later settled the custody battle with Cheryl consenting to give Rebecca Meadow’s custody after Rebecca agreed to complete a rehab program on alcohol and to relocate to California to raise Meadow. The mother and daughter now reside in California and Rebecca helps Meadow in running the charities in Paul’s name.
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Childhood & Early Life
Rebecca was born in 1974 into a small family of Mark Soteros and Julie Ann Soteros. She studied at a private, Christian, K-12 school called ‘Village Christian School’ in California and completed her graduation from there in 1992. She then attended college and earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She started teaching right after her graduation. According to some sources, she has a younger brother called Joshua.