Actor Laurence Fox admits that he had a hard time adjusting to fatherhood.
Laurence, who welcomed son Winston James with his wife Billie Piper last October, tells the Daily Mail that he didn’t feel an immediate connection to the baby.
“I definitely went through really odd feelings, really animal ones such as ‘Do I even want this baby?’” he reveals. “I was like that for about two weeks after he was born. At one point I wanted to go and set fire to all my possessions. Very odd.” As for why more dads don’t admit to these feelings, Laurence says, “Well, they just go and get drunk, don’t they?”
But Laurence, 30, says that one day it “just clicked” and gushes that his “gorgeous” son is now a source of joy.
“Suddenly I looked at him and thought, ‘You’re called Winston’ - I’d called him ‘it’ for ages, as in ‘it’s doing that’ - and then it just clicked. And that’s when you become - it’s awful isn’t it, when clichés are true - but that’s when you go, ‘I’m not going to ever let anything bad happen to you - ever.’”
As for Billie, 26, Laurence reveals that she has embraced motherhood. While the two share the parenting duties – she feeds Winston and he takes over for bedtime duty – Laurence says that Billie takes on most of the work without complaint. He shares his theory on new moms:
“I think women become harder when they’ve had a baby because they’ve been through something. They’re different because they’ve suffered.”