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Nappy duty, dadicures and SAHDs: How celebrity dads have defined modern-day fatherhood

Ahead of Father’s Day this weekend, we look at the rise of celeb dads and how they have shaped our understanding of what it means to parent in the 21st century

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From left: How celebrity dads David Beckham, Ricky Martin, Russell Brand and Ryan Reynolds might demonstrate being a father in 2022. Design by Paula Dallaghan

From left: How celebrity dads David Beckham, Ricky Martin, Russell Brand and Ryan Reynolds might demonstrate being a father in 2022. Design by Paula Dallaghan

From left: How celebrity dads David Beckham, Ricky Martin, Russell Brand and Ryan Reynolds might demonstrate being a father in 2022. Design by Paula Dallaghan

In 2018, a new father left his house carrying his tiny four-week-old daughter in a sling. A pretty unremarkable event. Except this wasn’t any man, it was James Bond — the actor Daniel Craig.

Photos of Craig were printed in the press and TV host Piers Morgan bemoaned that Craig had “emasculated 007”. It resulted in a huge amount of discourse in papers, on radio stations, on social media and on TV. Some sided with Morgan (who subsequently backtracked on the comments, claiming they were humorous), while a much more vocal majority agreed his comments were inane.


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