Russell Brand, comedian and actor, has been slammed by mums for his ‘sexist’ parenting after admitting he is too ‘sensitive’ to change a nappy or look after his children alone.

The star tells the UK’s Sunday Times that he refused to be a hands-on dad to Mabel, two and Peggy, six months and lets his wife do everything.

When asked if he had ever spent 24 hours in sole charge of his children, he said his wife Laura Gallacher had never left their children: “No. She wouldn’t go away for 24 hours, Laura. She respects and cares for their safety too much.”

When asked if he had ever babysat for just an evening he said, ‘Um, I’ve done like, a night. But they’re asleep then.”

“Yes, I’m very, very focused on the mystical connotations of Mabel’s beauty and grace. Not so good on the nappies and making sure that they eat food.”

Parents condemned Russell’s old fashioned approach to fatherhood and said they felt sorry for his wife, who shouldered all the parenting and babysitting duties.

‘Someone needs to step in and tell Laura that an involved dad is a good dad,’ said one.

‘“Laura is better at it because she has no choice. Someone has to step up and take responsibility for keeping your child alive and nurturing them into a well rounded, clean and fed human being,’ said another.

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  • Have they ever considered how Russell would cope if Laura was unlucky and had to be admitted to hospital?. I hope it never happens or is serious illness as their child/children have never been left with anybody,nor has anybody had experience in minding the child/children. The baby will fret terribly as would probably an older child. It is better for a baby or older time to have short lengths of time away from their parents occasionally than to risk linger lengths of time when Russell and Laura are stressed.


  • Some people are naturals and some worry a lot and some are scared and some try really hard. We are all different.


  • People arent reading the story properly. Yes he is worried whether if he is doing the hands on things right. And I think parenting is a daunting thing to do. But he still helps out with his kids. So I wouldnt say he is bad parent or lacking the dad role.


  • Go back before SNAGS and no father knew or were willing to change a nappy. Lighten up people


  • Geez. This is not okay. This is how mother’s burn out and break down and get fed up. These are not excuses, the only way to be “good” at something is to do it. He needs to pull his head out and step up. Such a selfish attitude to have, you’re a father by your actions, by stepping up and getting into your role. Annoys me so much whenever I hear a man say he can’t do this or that, do you think all those first time mother’s knew how? They figured it out and so can you!


  • I hope Laura is ok with this.


  • Everyone is different some dads like to be involved others are too busy with their jobs but the facts that he recognises that his wife is working hard and looking after their kids is a positive thing


  • If you respect your wife and what she does you help particular when there is two babies. Anyone can change a nappy.


  • “Mystical connotations’ – is he possibly just joking and trying to be funny? There is very little that is mystical about a nappy that needs changing! ;)


  • We’re all different parents with different skills. No reason to slam this man for his different parenting style.


  • I’m sure many celebrities don’t look after their own children.


  • Some dads are just terrified I kno my husband was. It took him a year to get real confident doing it on his own but he got there eventually


  • Well that’s not being a real dad then is it? Real dads so those things without even thinking


  • How pathetic


  • What an idiot. I can’t imagine raising kids with him. While my husband thinks I’m better at parenting than him, he’s still right in there DOING it.


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