When asked about his film career Tom Ford replied, “My production this year was Jack Ford.”
During a recent interview with Vogue’s André Leon Talley, Tom Ford talked about his new son, Alexander John Buckley Ford, with his partner of 25 years Richard Buckley. Ford told André, “He has a very long, fancy name, but we call him Jack.” The surprise for André came a moment later when Ford, who had been quite open about his desire to have a child for years before the birth of his son, said, “I feed him in the morning, I change his diaper, I dress him, I play with him. I have a good two or three hours before I go into the office with just me and Jack.” André exclaims, “You change diapers? Are they made of broadcloth or something?” But Ford seems quite comfortable with the idea of “getting down and dirty” in the name of fatherhood. He says, “I didn’t have a child because I wanted to hand him off to somebody. I had a child because I’ve always wanted a child.”
Why is it that we are surprised that Mr. Ford does the same parenting duties as any other dad?
If he were a “fancy” mom would we be as surprised?
Why is it that we, as a society, have such a hard time accepting celebrities as “normal” parents? And when one chooses to scale back their career, or even walk away for their children, why is that such a shock?