Monday, March 19, 2012

'I like her very much!' Hugh Grant opens up about fatherhood for the first time... as he reveals his little girl is called Tabitha

By Sarah Bull

His fans were stunned when it was revealed last year that he had become a father.

But now Hugh Grant has opened up about the new stage in his life, admitting that he likes his baby daughter, who he had with former girlfriend Tinglan Hong, 'very much'.

Grant made the admission as he revealed he and Chinese actress Tinglan had decided to call the little girl Tabitha.

The 51-year-old actor told The Guardian newspaper: 'Lots of people warned me that 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.'

Grant also said he has no regrets about becoming a father for the first time.

He said: '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.'

The Notting Hill actor, who described his relationship with Tabitha's mother as a 'fleeting affair', added to the newspaper that he has no intention of starting a trust fund for his little girl.

New family: Grant also revealed that he and former girlfriend Tinglan Hong had decided to call the little girl Tabitha

He explained: 'My other worry is about - and as I say, there are few things in life I believe in 100 per cent - but another one is not giving your children money.

'I see nothing but f***-ups among my trust-fund friends. It's like 99 per cent f***-ups. So I would not want to do that to my children, no.'

Grant – who has never married -– has starred in films including About A Boy and Notting Hill.

In 1995, he starred alongside Julianne Moore in the film Nine Months, which told the story of a commitment-phobe who finds out his long-term girlfriend is pregnant.

The actor dated Elizabeth Hurley for 13 years before they split in 2000, five years after he was caught cheating with Hollywood prostitute Divine Brown.
He and socialite Jemima Khan then dated for three years from 2004.



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