Maybe we over here in the States have been too engrossed in the baby bumps of local stars like Beyonce and Snooki to take much notice of the news that Hugh Grant – he of the self-deprecating wit and charming smile – became a dad last September.
But, in a just-published interview with The Guardian, Grant talks about the still-new experience which, he admits, is better than he expected it to be.
“Lots of people warned me that…the baby period is not very exciting. But I am excited, actually,” he says. “I thought, well, I’ll bluff through – but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much. Fantastic.
“Has she changed my life? I’m not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no. But I’m absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really am. And I feel a better person.”
He chose his child’s first name – Tabitha – while the girl’s mother, ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong, picked a Chinese name for her middle name. He’s trying to become more fluent in his daughter’s second language. “I do know some disgusting Chinese words,” he jokes. “They’re not entirely appropriate for baby-rearing.”
He clears up the rumor that he callously skipped his baby’s birth by explaining that he wanted to avoid attracting media attention. “But I couldn’t really resist it, so I went on the second day.” His reaction on seeing her? “I did feel a little lumpy when I first met my daughter, yeah.”
Grant avoids reading parenting books, but says he’ll be “incredibly strict” on issues such as manners and kindness. Tabitha won’t get a huge trust fund, in order to encourage her to work for a living. “And discipline – I do think discipline’s important,” he adds. “I’m very glad that I had a strict mother who was big on discipline.”
But don’t refer to him by the now-popular name for a strict, high-expectations parent. “No, I have the Tiger Mom!” he clarifies. “I’ll be Lamb Daddy.”
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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