Vin Diesel is thankful he ignored his FAST & FURIOUS co-star Paul Walker's advice about avoiding the delivery room when his girlfriend went into labour - because witnessing his child's birth was "priceless".
Diesel and his model girlfriend Paloma Jimenez welcomed a daughter exactly one year ago on Thursday (02Apr09), and the action man was on hand to assist in the tot's birth.
But Diesel reveals he only stepped into the delivery room after choosing to defy Walker's tips - and he's overjoyed he did.
He says, "I didn't tell anybody (about the birth). I didn't want cameras around us I wanted it to be as natural as possible. The only person I told was Paul Walker. And I said to Paul, 'Should I be in the delivery room?' and he says, 'You know, don't do it, you can't stomach it.'
"(But) it's the best thing you'll ever do in your life and, with that confidence, I marched into the delivery room and did everything but literally pull her out. I cut the umbilical cord. I was more present than I could've ever dreamed of (being) but the bonding that that allowed for with my daughter is priceless."