MOST newborn babies can expect to receive a mobile or some M&S babygrows if they’re lucky.
But for dad-of-seven Barrie Drewitt-Barlow only Versace will do.
Barrie, 51, and fiancé Scott Hutchinson, 27, welcomed their son Romeo Tarquin on August 12th via surrogate and already he has a wardrobe to envy a Kardashian.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous, Barrie says: “We have literally bought every designer that you can imagine already.
“Burberry, Versace, Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, if a designer sells baby clothes we have snapped them up.
“But it isn’t just Scott and I who are spoiling Romeo.
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“Before he was born our eldest daughter Saffron spent over £10k on clothes, the moment he was born, another £20k. she has totally gone over the top.”
After Barrie, Scott and Barrie’s ex-husband Tony Drewitt-Barlow all donated sperm, Barrie and Scott chose Romeo’s gender through sex selection.
The family doesn't screen their kids at birth to see whose DNA ended up fertilising the egg and it is Barrie and Scott’s name on the birth certificate.
The family has been doting on Romeo ever since his arrival and Barrie admits that this will be his last baby.
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“I keep forgetting how old I am,” he says.
“It’s hard going with a new baby but I wouldn’t be without him now, we are totally in love with him.
“I have made the decision that this is my last child. I'm hanging up the hat and calling it a day.”
Barrie, 51, and Tony, 56, have a combined wealth of £175million, and despite parting ways since Barrie found love with Scott, 27, who is also the ex-boyfriend of Tony and Barrie’s 21-year-old daughter Saffron, they continue to share their wealth, most of which is spent on their children and it seems that the new arrival can expect the same treatment.
He might not be able to lift his head up yet but Romeo is already in possession of gadgets even the wealthiest of playboys can only dream of.
“We just spent £2.5m on a yacht for Romeo and named it after him,” Barrie says.
“It is currently in Miami where Saffron is boarding, with her new boyfriend and heading over to Cuba and the surrounding islands for two weeks.
“We want to give him the same start in life as the other kids so we have set up a trust fund for him.
“Tony gifted him £1m and I matched it for him. We will obviously build up a nice portfolio of things for him over the next few years.”
Before her baby brother’s arrival Barrie and Scott’s daughter Valentina, now two, was used to being the baby of the family.
However, Barrie says that there is no chance of Valentina suffering from any jealousy when it comes to Romeo.
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Barrie and Tony, who became civil partners in 2006, made history in 1999 when they became the first same-sex couple to be listed as "parent one" and "parent two" instead of "mother" and "father" on the birth certificate of their twins.
The dads won an historic court battle to get their names listed.
Twins Saffron and Aspen were conceived using both men's sperm and a donor egg from the US.
Since then, the family have spent £1 million growing their brood, with Orlando, now 17, born in 2003.
Orlando is technically triplet to older siblings Saffron and Aspen, but the egg and sperm was kept on ice.
Then came ten-year-old twins Jasper and Dalllas in 2010.
Barrie and Tony married in 2014 but separated three years later – with Barrie going on to become engaged to his former PA, Scott, and Tony meeting his new partner Brent.
Scott is the ex-boyfriend of the couple's daughter, Saffron.
Barrie and Scott's daughter, Valentina, who was conceived using both of their sperm, was born in 2020.
Romeo was born on 12th August 2022 via emergency C-Section.
“In Valentina’s bubble, it is Christmas day every day,” Barrie says.
“She gets what she wants when she wants it. She has a personal chef, a whole play room full of the latest gadgets and toys, full time live-in nanny and a team of house staff that take care of her every need, including a full time hair stylist that styles her hair every day.
“She is the ultimate daddies girl, a total Princess!”
Until now Barrie and Scott had remained living with Tony in their £6million, 10-bedroom Florida mansion, with Tony and his new partner Brent shacked up in a separate wing.
However, that is set to change with Barrie currently having a 15,000sqf, £6 million mansion in Essex built that is set to become his permanent home where renovations, unsurprisingly, don’t come cheap.
“We have had so much fun renovating, Valentina’s room has come in at around £150k with her new bed costing £38k alone and we haven’t even started on Romeo’s nursery yet,” Barrie says.
“We fitted a panic room and one of the biggest indoor aquariums in the world, designed by Redfins, the company responsible for Sea World.
“The house will house over £16m worth of art, from some amazing artists from around the world.
“Now the search is on for staff for the house in the UK, nannies, housekeepers, chef and security, with interviews planned for September.”
While Barrie’s life may seem idyllic, inevitably the family have become victims to regular abuse from jealous trolls, something he admits has taken its toll.
“I’m too old to worry about trolls now but there was a time that the trolls got so bad, and I was suffering from depression.
“I even contemplated suicide. It was a dark place but with the love and support Scott gave me I got through it.
“People think I have nothing to be depressed about but the constant negativity from people who don’t even know us is just awful.
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