Saturday 19 August 2017

New baby for Jagger at age 73 proof that parenting is anything but equal

Mick Jagger has become a father again at the age of 73 Photo: PA
Mick Jagger has become a father again at the age of 73 Photo: PA
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

When I was born, back in the 1940s, friends and family took pity on my mother, who was 42. "Poor Ita! Imagine having another child at her age! A dreadful burden!"

My father, who was 67, received a very different reaction. "Hombre!" "Congratulations - you're a great man altogether!" The blessing of fathering a child in old age brought tears of joy to his eyes.

Nature doesn't change. Today, as Mick Jagger fathers his eighth child at the age of 73, congratulations flow towards the grandfather and great-grandfather as he cradles his latest sprog, Devereux Orlando Basil, recently born to the ballerina Melanie Hamrick, aged 30.

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