Boris Johnson hit the headlines on Thursday for dithering over whether or not he would be changing nappies once his new baby with Carrie Symonds arrives later this year. But he’s not the only man showing reluctance to get his hands dirty in the diaper department.
Pharrell and his wife welcomed triplets in 2017 but the recording artist was crystal clear about whose responsibility it was to change the nappies when he was interviewed on America’s Today programme: ‘My wife is SEAL team six; there’s nothing she can’t do.’
The music mogul famously declared in 2014 after his girlfriend had given birth that he wouldn’t change a nappy even if someone paid him £10 K and said the thought of it was akin to watching your girlfriend use the toilet. Charming.
Jacob Rees Mogg
Perhaps the most famous evader in the changing department is Mr Rees Mogg – father of six children who had no qualms about admitting to the fact that he has never done the deed. He told Nigel Farage on LBC after the birth of his sixth child that he was not a ‘modern man’ and that ‘the nanny does it brilliantly.’
According to President Trump’s ex wife Ivana, Donald Trump wasn’t exactly hands on when it came to getting stuck in with the children. She told the Ray D’Arcy show in 2017 that “he loved the kids, but he would not really be the dad who would take them for a stroll in the Central Park in the stroller or go and play soccer with them or do something like that. He was always on the phone making the business.”
In case you’re about to let the Hollywood luvvies off the hook, actor Matthew McConaughey was asked at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards dinner in 2014 whether he’d be rushing home to help with the new baby. He promptly told reporters: “I was there this morning, so I guess I am running home. But I’m not changing the diapers.” So, who is? “Somebody,” came the vague reply.
The future king revealed in an ITV documentary in 2015 that he was yet to change his grandchildren’s nappies. But we’ll let His Royal Highness off the hook because, in 2017, he allegedly joked about changing Harry’s nappies and feeding him with a bottle during his speech at The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding. Having already done it for your own children, it’s a grandparent’s prerogative to leave the tricky jobs to mum (and dad, if he feels like it).