Hugh Grant surprised everyone last year when it was announced he was the father of a newborn baby, and now the British actor is speaking out about his daughter.
"I like my daughter very much," Grant recently told The Guardian, though he's still adjusting to life as a dad. "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."
His daughter, whose name is Tabitha, was born in early October, though his rep didn't confirm the happy news until weeks later. Grant's rep said the actor had a "fleeting affair" with the child's mother, Tinglan Hong, and he is careful to protect her privacy.
"I shouldn't have gone to the hospital at all, because it brought all this attention down on the mother's head," he said about the media frenzy over his daughter's birth. "But I couldn't really resist it, so I went on the second day."
"She is a good person, a nice person; funny, clever, great mother," he continued about Hong. "And she's been very badly treated by the media."
A British judge even had to issue an injunction to keep the press away from Hong, who was constantly harassed after having Grant's child.
"She has had to cancel appointments, including ones for her child," the judge said. "She is frightened to drive with her child because the distraction makes it unsafe."
Though he may be new to fatherhood, Grant told The Guardian he plans to raise Tabitha to be an unselfish, well-mannered child, and doesn't plan to spoil her.
"There are few things in life I believe in 100 percent, but ... one is not giving your children money," he said. "I see nothing but f**k-ups among my trust-fund friends. It's like 99 percent f**k-ups. So I would not want to do that to my children, no."
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