A gay businessman and his partner are seeking a surrogate to become parents
The 66-year-old man and his 40-year-old partner, who took part in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, defended himself against criticism about fathering a child at his time of life.
He said: “People will call me selfish, but I have a younger partner who will look after the child. It’s also what you can give to the child. I’m financially secure now and I can impart wisdom. I can also still run up the stairs two at a time.”
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said his partner had suggested surrogacy during lockdown last year, and they decided it was preferable to adoption.
He said: “I’m doing this for him, for love. I asked when he first suggested this to me if he was sure.
“I have lots of nieces and nephews, so it doesn’t make a difference to me, but I wanted to do it for him. My partner is 40. He wants to be biologically connected to the child and that I can understand.”
He said he understood his age could be a ‘concern’ due to the fact he would be in his late 70s when the child goes to secondary school.
He said: “I’m worried about the embarrassment for the child at the school gates and children asking, ‘Is that your grandad? Kids can be cruel and I don’t want that to affect the child.”
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