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UK’s First Gay Surrogate Fathers, Tony And Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, Split After 32 Years Together After One Fell For Daughter’s Ex

Date November 20, 2019 17:38

Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow made history in 1999 when they became the first gay fathers to have children through surrogacy. Their decision, which was controversial and to an extent, inspirational, was hailed as a big step in the rights of gay parents in the UK and abroad.

As parents to surrogate twins, Saffron and Aspen, the millionaire couple was considered revolutionary, and when they later added a son and twin boys, they were revered as great parents.

In an unfortunate and heartbreaking twist, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow revealed that he has fallen in love with a man half his age, meaning that Britain's first gay parents had officially split!

UK’s first gay surrogacy parents separate after 32 years together!

Speaking to The SUN, 50-year-old Barrie Drewitt-Barlow shared that he is now in love with Scott Hutchison, a man who used to date his 19-year-old daughter Saffron.

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 and half my age.

For Barrie, 25-year-old Scott feels right and is not just a fling. While it's still early, they have even informed their close family members that they intend to get married.

Surprisingly, Barrie’s husband for 32 years, Tony, and their daughter Saffron have already given their blessings to the couple.

Over the years, the couple who confessed that they experienced “love at first sight” has drifted apart following the pressures of being in the spotlight, Tony’s cancer treatment in 2006, and an unconventional bedroom lifestyle.

They slept in separate rooms, something that affected their sex life and contributed to the shift from lovers into friends.

Barrie and Scott live in the same house with Tony and have been secretly dating for 9 months. According to Barrie, the new development does not affect their children’s ordinary set-up at home.

What happens to children raised in same-sex parent households?

As the number of children raised in same-sex parent households increases, experts wonder if being raised by same-sex partners has impacts on their psychological adjustments.

A 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that there were over 690,000 same-sex couples in the U.S., with 19% of them raising children under 18 years old. The study found that for female same-sex households, children show no difference in general health, emotional, and behavioral adjustment compared to different-sex parent households.

UK’s First Gay Surrogate Fathers, Tony And Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, Split After 32 Years Together After One Fell For Daughter’s ExMonkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

As the debate on the fitness of gay parents in raising kids continues, it’s no secret that Tony and Barrie’s split will ignite more fire to the flame. What are your thoughts on this high-profile split?

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