I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Russell Brand. I’d even go as far as to say I have a little bit of a crush on him.
I follow him on Instagram. I often watch his YouTube channel. When he wrote about becoming a dad for the first time, I thought it was one of the sweetest things I’d ever read.
But his latest ramblings about how he parents his two daughters (Mabel and Peggy, both under three) has left me wondering if he is, in fact, a bit of a prat.
He says he is “very, very focused on the mystical connections of Mabel’s beauty and grace. Not so good on the nappies and making sure that they eat food.”
When asked outright about his involvement in the day-to-day parenting of his children, he responded, “Laura [his wife] does all of it. It turns out that she is extremely well versed in the nuances and complexities of child rearing.
“She wouldn’t go away for 24 hours, Laura. She respects and cares for their safety too much.
“I’m sensitive and awake and aware so I have to dial a lot of the sh*t down to go through normal life.”
Um. What I’m getting from this is basically he’s a revolutionary with a Victorian, somewhat sexiest attitude to fatherhood.
That his missus basically has to look after three children – the oldest a 43-year-old comic.
That because she’s “better” at childcare, because he’s “sensitive” then it’s up to her to deal with all the mundanities of parenting.
She must be knackered. Totally knackered.
And I find it all just a little bit depressing.
Yes, parenting is hard. It can be repetitive, and at times, boring. When you have children, they tend to take over. They become the main attraction to most people in your orbit. I get that must be a difficult shift to make. Especially for a man, who not so long ago, was dubbed shagger of the year – three times.
But if anything is worth throwing yourself into, I’d say it’s fatherhood – not the “quite a lot” of Brazilian jui-jitsu he says he’s currently doing.