Britain’s first gay dads have broken up after one of them fell in love with their daughter’s ex-boyfriend, who is half his age.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 50, and Tony were dubbed Britain’s first gay fathers in 1999 when a surrogate gave birth to their twins, Saffron and Aspen, now 19 years old.
However, the dads have broken off their 32-year relationship after Barrie fell in love with Saffron’s 25-year-old ex-boyfriend Scott Hutchison.
Now the twist to the whole story is that the whole family are living together under one roof in Florida. Tony is referred to as Dad, Barrie is called Daddy and Scott is stepdad.
According to the Sun, Barrie said,
“I’ve fallen in love with Scott and he has done the same. I feel stupid at my age to have these feelings about someone other than Tony who is half my age. But when you know something is right, it’s right. We have not made definite plans but I would like to marry Scott. I’m not having a midlife crisis. This is the real deal.”
He acknowledged that not everyone will “get it”, but insists that his family situation is more stable than many other families.
He went further to say that “Dad’s got a new fella and we are one bigger happy family instead.”
“I’m not sure what the big deal is myself, things don’t always work out in relationships for one reason or another, but Tony and I are both very happy about the way things have turned out and regardless of the negativity regarding our relationship, we will both be there for each other through this very difficult time.”
Barrie is CEO of the British Surrogacy Centre of America which he launched in 2000 and which offers surrogacy services in multiple countries
Together, the couple are worth around £40million and have homes in Danbury, Essex, and the US.