Why clean up poop when you don’t have to? That’s daddy Gavin’s parenting philosophy!
Oh Gavin Rossdale, we really thought you were a great dad until we read this! The Bush guitarist does whatever it takes to avoid diaper duty unless there’s no one else around to clean up his 2-year-old Zuma‘s little tush. When asked by Details magazine whether he or wife Gwen Stefani changed their two kids’ diapers, Gavin responded, “Whoever’s nearest, really. We have good people around us. If there’s no one there, I can do it, but otherwise I sort of slide away — I get very interested in my BlackBerry at that point.” Do you have a partner who acts the same way?
“A friend once told me, ‘By the way, they never thank you for changing their diapers when they grow up, so don’t sweat it,’” Gavin says. “I thought it was good advice.”
Gavin, 44, may think his reasoning is good, but we’d like to hear Gwen’s take on it! Luckily for them, they have nannies to help change diapers, while Gwen and Gavin are busy doing other things with their kids, like trying to explain to Kingston, 4, why there are always six men with cameras following them everytime they go out.
“We haven’t found the words to explain it,” Gavin says. “I’ll want to take my kid to the beach, and there’s six grown men chasing us. He’s running around in his underwear as every child should, and I have to go up to them and say, ‘Can you not photograph my son running around in his underwear?’ The pictures show up anyway.”
“He went through a really angry stage. He’d scream at them, ‘Get away! Don’t take a picture of my mom,” Gavin continues. “They’d say, ‘Wow, Kingston’s really moody.’ You’re a grown man running after a 4-year-old! What do you want him to do?”
Gavin also talks about the difference between his relationship with his boys and his 21-year-old daughter, Daisy Lowe. (In 2004, a paternity test proved that Daisy was Gavin’s daughter with singer-songwriter Pearl Lowe.) “With the boys it’s traditional: I’m all they know, and I’m with them all the time,” Gavin says. “With Daisy, I don’t know her in that context. The way I nurture those boys, I never got a chance with Daisy. I love my connection with her, but I don’t have any say in who she is. With the boys it’s my job to correct them and shape them. With Daisy, I just have to be respectful. I suppose it’s more like a friendship.”