Forget about tiger mum, Hugh Grant’s a ‘lamb daddy’

New dad Hugh reveals his thoughts on fatherhood, parenting books and trust funds


Hugh Grant has spoken about fatherhood in an interview with the Guardian. Our fave rom-com actor became a dad last September following a ‘fleeting affair’ with Chinese actress, Tinglan Hong, 32.


Prior to becoming a dad, Hugh, 51, didn’t sound overly keen on babies, having allegedly once said, “I don’t mind them for about four minutes… that’s my max. After that I can’t see what everyone’s fussing about.”

However, when asked by Guardian reporter Decca Aitkenhead whether he was worried he wouldn’t fall for his own child, Hugh said, “Um, lots of people warned me about that; they said never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting. But I am excited, actually. I thought, well, I’ll bluff through – but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much.”

The Bridget Jones star admitted that although the birth of daughter Tabitha hasn’t massively changed his life, he feels he has become a “better person”. He’s got no intentions of reading any parenting books but plans to be “incredible strict” on a few issues.

Hugh said, “Well, it would all be total hypocrisy, of course, but things like good manners and not being selfish. It’s just unattractive in a child. I don’t like it. And discipline – I do think discipline’s important.”

Hugh went on to say that another worry involved giving money to your children, “I see nothing but f**k-ups among my trust-fund friends. It’s like 99% f**k-ups. So I wouldn’t want to do that to my children, no.”

So will he be a tiger mum (or dad)? “No, I have the tiger mum. I’ll be the lamb daddy,” said Hugh.


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