'Britain's Most Lavish Dad' Gave Baby £500k Ring And Teens Unlimited Credit Cards
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The man dubbed 'Britain's Most Lavish Dad' has defended his parenting style after 'spoiling' his kids with expensive gifts - having given his kids unlimited credit cards, while one child was gifted a £500,000 ($700,000) ring when they were just a baby.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 51, said he 'doesn't give a fig' about what the haters say, saying nothing makes him happier than seeing his children's faces 'light up' when he buys them the 'latest [designer] gear or a new set of wheels'.
Barrie and his ex-husband Tony Drewitt-Barlow, 56, were the first gay men to father children through surrogacy in the UK, and are proud fathers to 22-year-old Saffron and Aspen.
They went on to have son Orlando, 17, and twin boys Jasper and Dallas, 10, before last year Barrie welcomed baby Valentina with his new partner Scott Hutchinson, 27 - who is also Saffron's ex-boyfriend.
Speaking to The Sun, he said: "People accuse me of spoiling my kids and they're right, I have been splashing the cash since the moment they were born and I have no plans on stopping any time soon.
"I first started lavishing my eldest, twins Saffron and Aspen, 22, from day dot as I felt I needed to make up for the fact they don't have a mother in their lives.
"The moment Saffron was born I gave her a diamond and ruby ring owned by Wallis Simpson that was worth $700,000 (£500,000)."
Barrie continued: "People call my kids spoilt but quite frankly, any criticism is like water off a duck's back now - I couldn't give a flying fig what anyone thinks of my parenting skills.
"I don't like to blow my own trumpet, but I know we have been better parents than a lot of straight people!"
He said the 'sky's the limit' when it comes to spoiling them, adding 'quite literally'.
Barrie explained: "Just this week Saffron flew to Las Vegas with her friends and she thought nothing of putting the $165,000 (£120,000) private jet cost on my AMEX - she really is a daddy's girl.
"That might seem extravagant but for Saffron and any of my other kids, it's just their way of life.
"The moment that my kids hit 16 they were given cars (one written off) and when Saffron was 18 she was given a selection of diamonds that I had been collecting her entire life.
"They all own properties, businesses, valuable pieces of art, whatever they want, they get it.
"There's really no limit on how much I'll spend either, I've been known to blow £500,000 on a Faberge ring for Saffron, and one time I spent £1.8 million in a single day on a new apartment."
Barrie said his kids 'never ask for anything' as they all have their own AMEX cards that they can use.
He said: "None of my children have an allowance, what's the need? Instead Aspen, Saffron and Orlando, 17, have an unlimited Black Amex card.
"They can just spend whatever they want and at the end of the month I pick up the bill."
As for little Valentina, Barrie estimates that her wardrobe is worth 'around $100,000 (£70,000)', saying that, as she grows out of things, he's 'constantly having to replace things'.
He added: "To be honest, Scott is worse than me when it comes to spoiling her, he's always in Tiffany buying her little gifts, he recently got her a diamond and platinum bracelet for $50,000 (£35,000)."