He may be going through a split, but Matthew Settle is “settling” into single fatherhood. The Gossip Girl star just celebrated the first birthday of his daughter, Aven. “It was good! I put a candle on top of a red velvet cupcake, and I was trying to show her how to blow it out,” the actor told In
Touch about his tot’s March 5 party at the Pampers Swaddlers and Cruisers
with Dry Max Official Launch in New York. Despite playing a big hand in
their child’s milestones, the proud papa acknowledges that his separation
from wife Naama Nativ has not been ideal. “It’s not easy going through such
a big change. One of the toughest things is not seeing Aven every morning.
That was our time together, I would wake up in the morning and play music
for her,” he said solemnly. Luckily, Matthew’s co-star Kelly Rutherford, who is in the middle of divorcing the father of her two young children, has been by his side. “She’s a really good friend. She’s going through something similar,
and she’s a good person to call when I have questions,” he added.