Tuesday 23 January 2018

I’ve left it too late to become a dad, says Graham Norton after passing 50 mark

The BBC star says he has decided he is ‘too old’ to have children – but is proud to help children’s charities

Graham Norton
Graham Norton

Lynne Kelleher

CHAT show host Graham Norton has revealed he believes he has left it too late for fatherhood.

With the huge popularity in civil marriages in the UK, parenthood is now a distinct prospect for many gay couples.

But the 50-year-old star said he has decided he is too old to become a dad after celebrating his landmark birthday a few months ago.

“I've thought about it and that’s the weird thing now — that it is actually an option for gay men,” he said.

“For me personally I think I've left it a bit late — but that’s my call.”

The star, who is a huge supporter of the Lady Taverners charity which helps young people with special needs and from disadvantaged backgrounds, said he enjoys giving his time to assist young people.

He said in an interview with Closer magazine: “I like to help children though charities instead.”

The BBC star also told how he is hosting Christmas for his Irish family in his idyllic, period bolthole outside Bantry.

He spends every summer now in his remote seaside retreat recharging his batteries for his role as the King of Chat in Britain.

The Bandon-born comedian, who doesn't have a television in his west Cork hideaway, also revealed that he will be arriving over to his Irish home with his much-loved dogs, Bailey and Madge.

“For me Christmas is all about family.

“It’s nice that you don’t even have to think about it — you know where you are going to be, what you are going to eat and who you are going to see,” he said.


“That’s when Christmas is really relaxing. And my nephews and nieces are in their late 20s so there isn't the terrible stress that comes with having young kids around.”

He revealed he will be cooking the turkey this year for his family in his second home.

“I always thought that when I got to host Christmas, my sister and mother muscle in — not so much,” Norton said.

“My sister does help but my mother seems very content sitting by the fire with her gin and tonic.

“I prefer champagne at Christmas and I love a bit of plum pudding but I generally overeat anyway so that's not unusual.

And he revealed that he doesn't have any specific wishes for next year as he is very content with his life as Britain’s most successful chat show host.

He said: “It would be nice to be alive at the end of it and also to have a job.”

“I’m a very boring person because I'm very happy and content with how things are.

“I have jobs I love, I live in a place that I like and I have friends I like. My biggest hope for 2014 would be to have more of the same and I don’t want to lose anybody along the way.”

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