Britain’s first gay dad ‘so excited’ after welcoming another child to his huge family

A multi-millionaire has welcomed his seventh child as a gay dad and is looking forward to his live-in ex husband having another one too.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 52, announced the birth of 7lb 13oz Romeo, his second baby with his 26-year-old fiance Scott.

They live in a £10million mansion with Barrie’s ex Tony, the dad of his five other children – who now wants a child with his new partner Brent.

Barrie, who became Britain’s first gay dad in 1999, also has a son called Colin from a brief heterosexual relationship when he was younger.

He said: “We are so excited to announce we have a new member of our family. I love being a dad more than anything.

“It has been almost two years since our youngest Valentina was born.

“With the age difference between her and the other children, we felt it would be unfair to not have at least one more to grow up with her.”

His ex Tony, 56, plans to use the same “fantastic” surrogate mum who Barrie and Scott used.

The couple will mix up their sperm so it is unknown who the biological dad is – just like Barrie and Tony did, and Tony and Scott have done.

The children will all be brought up under the same roof in the San Francisco home which boasts a huge swimming pool.

They are also having a £6m mansion built in Essex, with a huge underfloor aquarium.

The pad will house Barrie’s extensive Faberge egg collection and a £5m art collection including paintings by LS Lowry and Degas.

Barrie said: “Our surrogate has agreed to help Tony and his boyfriend Brent to have a baby together too.

“We all love being dads and we are so excited to be doing it again.

“[Romeo’s] birth was a worry as they tried to turn him as he was in the wrong position and we ended up having to have a caesarean. I don’t think I could do this again.”

Barrie and Tony, who are worth an estimated £175m thanks to their medical company Princeton Consumer Research, went to court after their eldest children Saffron and Aspen were born.

They won the right to be named as “parent one” and “parent two” instead of mother and father on the birth certificate.

In 2004, they welcomed Orlando, now 18, and in 2011, twins Jasper and Dallas, who are now 11.

Barrie and Tony separated in 2019, and shortly afterwards Barrie began dating Scott.

The couple, who are planning a lavish wedding in the next year, had Valentina in 2020.

They had originally planned to apply to also have Tony named on Romeo’s birth certificate, becoming Britain’s first “throuple” parents. But now Tony and Brent will be godparents instead. Barrie described the lead-up to Romeo’s birth as being “nerve-wracking to say the least”.

The businessman revealed: “Over the past two months we have been in Japan setting up a new clinic for our clinical research company.

“We were just waiting for the call to come in saying he had been born or the surrogate had gone into labour, but fortunately she did not. We arrived in San Francisco three days before the due date and ended up sat tapping our fingers.

“But there’s always a silver lining and we are in San Fran, the home of every designer shop under the sun. In fact, we shopped non-stop for a week.

“So since we had Saffron and Aspen with us, we have splashed out on a ‘welcome new baby’ shopping spree and treated ourselves too.

“Aspen spent £400,000 on a black Richard Mille RM 055 Bubba Watson watch. Saffron bought the same one in white, all thanks to a Bitcoin gift her father gave her.

“Saffron also spent over £10,000 on baby clothes for her new brother and a Versace stroller for £3,700.

Romeo’s first outfit is a newborn baby Gucci that Scott bought. But Romeo has a substantial selection of Gucci and Burberry and many other designer brands in his wardrobe. He’s going to be the best dressed baby!”

Barrie said his whole family was looking forward to meeting Romeo. He said: “All my older children are excited with the new arrival.

“I always wanted a large family and I feel that finally, I have one.

“My first text, as soon as Romeo was born, was to Aspen and Saffron as they were waiting with Valentina in the hotel, but the first call was to Tony.

“I always keep him in the loop. He loves being part of it.

“He is my best friend and the man I trust the most in the world.

“He was the first person I spoke to after the birth and he was so pleased for Scott and I.

“I will always love Tony and thank him for the time we had together.

“And first and foremost being dads who are both there to bring up our
children is our priority.

“So while it may seem unconventional to some, we see ourselves very much as a family. We love our kids, and it works.”

He also opened up about Tony and Brent’s plan to have a baby, who they hope will be on the way next year.

He said: “Our amazing surrogate Heidi-Jo is a native Californian and three-time surrogate.

“She was so incredible that Tony and his boyfriend Brent have asked her to be their surrogate, to help them have a child, early next year.”

Barrie also revealed he and Scott are now making plans for a lavish wedding – and to move back to Britain in the coming months.

Barrie said: “The next big thing for Scott and I will be getting married.

“We are currently building a new ‘super mansion’ in Essex, which will be our family home in the UK.

“Scott and I plan to live more permanently at this address once Valentina starts school.

“We have some amazing features in this house, which we have spent over £3m on. It has the largest non-commercial aquarium floor in Europe, which is being made by the same company that fits out Sea World. It will be home to a selection of shark and stingray.”

However, Barrie said that fatherhood remains the thing he is most proud of in his life – and refused to rule out having even more children.

He said: “Never say never, but I really think I’m done now. It’s been an incredible ride and I’ve loved every moment of being a dad, and bringing my children into the world, but I’m getting old and even though my partner is half my age, it’s still a lot to manage and cope with.

“But, who knows? We still have eight embryos left on ice.”