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Paul Hogan desperate to come home to Australia

He's putting his son first.
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All Paul Hogan wants is to be able to return home to Australia, but there’s one thing holding him back – his son Chance’s life in Los Angeles.

The 83-year-old Sydney-born legend recently admitted he’s been “homesick for years”, adding that he “misses the people, the ambience”.

“I’m not in the place I’m meant to be,” he told A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw from his home in Los Angeles “I’d be happier if I was sort of back in Sydney permanently, because I’m sort of, I’m bored here.”

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However, he added that his musician son’s whole life has been in the States.

“I’m here with Chance and I’m the only family he’s got really here. He likes visiting Australia but he’s got his life here. He has all his friends, his bands, girlfriends, hobbies, everything.”

Sources say Paul’s “first family” – his five children with ex-wife Noelene Edwards, 82 – are planning a “full-scale ‘come home’ pitch” to Paul and Chance, 23, whom he shares with second ex-wife, Linda Kozlowski, 64.

“They understand Chance’s needs are a priority right now, but Paul’s not getting any younger and they want him home,” says a family insider.

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While the Crocodile Dundee star has been resistant so far, our insider says the brood won’t be taking no for an answer. (Credit: Getty)

Friends say that his only daughter, Loren, and four sons, Brett, Clay, Todd, and Scott, are hoping their dad and Chance will return home for Christmas, so they can start persuading them to make a permanent move Down Under. 

“It’s great that Paul’s looking out for Chance, but who’s looking out for Paul?” adds the insider. 

“After the pandemic and all the scary things going on right now, crime rates skyrocketing in LA, especially where they live in Venice, you can see why they’d all like them to be safe and sound in Australia.

“It’s hard on the whole family and Paul misses his kids and grandkids.”

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While the Crocodile Dundee star has been resistant so far, our insider says the brood won’t be taking no for an answer.

“They will be hoping to convince Chance to at least consider Australia. It’s long overdue. It’s been nearly 20 years since they had their dad ‘down the road’ and Paul’s missed out on so much,” says the source.

When Paul divorced Noelene for the second time in 1986 and started dating his American actress co-star Linda, the backlash drove the couple to move to LA permanently in 2003.

Since their 2014 divorce, Linda relocated part-time to Morocco to be with her new husband, tour guide Moulay Hafid Baba. She is still an active part of Chance’s life, splitting her time between the two countries, often basing herself at an LA home close to Paul’s. 

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An LA-based source close to the Hogans says they’ll be surprised if ever returns to Sydney permanently. (Credit: Getty)

Still, an LA-based source close to the Hogans says they’ll be surprised if ever returns to Sydney permanently.

“Chance is Paul’s number one priority,” adds the pal. “It breaks his heart to be away from his other kids, especially the grandkids, for so long, but for now, Chance’s friends and opportunities are in LA. 

Just don’t be surprised if Paul teams up with Chance’s siblings in the ‘Aussie’ pitch.”

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