No doubt (pun intended!) Gavin Rossdale is a hands-on dad. There are tons of sightings of the Bush frontman out and about with his two sons with Gwen Stefani, Kinsgton James McGregor, 4, and Zuma Nesta Rock, 2. But one thing he prefers to avoid? Diaper duty.
“We have good people around us. If there’s no one there, I can do it, but otherwise I sort of slide away — I get very interested in my Blackberry at that point,” Rossdale says in the November issue of Details magazine. “A friend once told me, ‘By the way, they never thank you for changing their diapers when they grow up, so don’t sweat it.’ I thought it was good advice.”But avoiding diaper duty isn’t the most difficult part of parenting for this rocker dad — the paparazzi. “I’ll want to take my kid to the beach, and there’s six grown men chasing us,” he explains.
“[The kids are] running around in [their] underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, ‘Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?’ The pictures show up anyway.”
Kingston in particular voices his frustration at the legions of photographers who follow the family’s every move.
“He went through a really angry stage. He’d scream at them, ‘Get away! Don’t take a picture of my mom!’” Rossdale recalls. “They’d say, ‘Wow, Kingston’s really moody!’ You’re a f—ing grown man running after a 4-year-old! What do you want him to do?”
He also opens up about Daisy Lowe, 21, the daughter he learned of in 2004.
“With the boys it’s traditional; I’m all they know and I’m with them all the time. With Daisy, I don’t know her in that context,” he says.
“I love my connection with her, but I don’t have any say in who she is. With the boys it’s my job to correct them and shape them. With Daisy, I just have to be respectful. I suppose it’s more like a friendship.”