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By Ree Hines

Some parents raise their kids on high praise, while others prefer to take the tough-truth approach. According to Marc Anthony, his father was a firm follower of the latter method.

For instance, as he revealed during an interview on "The Meredith Vieira Show," Dad didn't hesitate to tell a young Anthony just what he thought of his looks — well, their looks.

"My dad told me early on, he said, 'Son, we're both ugly,'" he confessed. "I swear to [God], he says it to this day. And he goes, 'You work on your personality. It builds character.'"

Given the salsa-pop singer's heartthrob status and history of beautiful brides (including former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, lovely ex Jennifer Lopez and his wife of just three months, model Shannon de Lima), either dad was wrong or Anthony built a heck of a lot of character over the years.

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Regardless, he never took offense to his father's blunt talk.

"Absolutely not," he insisted. "No, cause I was born looking at his face, and he was right!"

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