In The Sunday Times, the comedian revealed that Laura handles most of the responsibility and that he has never cared for their two children for longer than a day without Laura’s help.
“She wouldn’t go away for 24 hours, Laura. She respects and cares for their safety too much,” Brand said in an interview with Decca Aitkenhead. He then confessed that while he’s “very, very focused on the mystical connotations of [his daughter’s] beauty and grace,” he’s “not so good on the nappies and making sure that they eat food.”
Brand, who has two-year-old Mabel and six-month-old Peggy with Laura, even gave an example of what happens when he’s without his wife: “When I looked after Mabel on her own, she dropped two social classes in an hour. In no time at all we’re in a coffee shop, she’s just got a nappy on and she’s covered in stuff because I’m not willing to fight any of the battles.”
The 43-year-old justified his parenting style by explaining that Laura is “able to sustain and maintain domesticity in a way that’s astonishing” and that he is more “romantic and reflective.”
However, people on Twitter aren’t having it, slamming the dad of two for being “sexist” and “immature.” One user wrote, “I cannot BEAR men that openly admit to not doing their bit with kids and dressing it up as ‘oh, you know me, I can’t do that stuff!!’ ‘She’s so much better at it!'”
Russell Brand pitching himself as some New Age, all new, mature and sensitive dad – and then saying he’s too sensitive to do any actual parenting is the most Russell Brand thing I’ve ever read in my life pic.twitter.com/T0KSObnWXo
— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) January 20, 2019
Another said, “Laura is better at it because she has no choice. Someone has to step up and take responsibility for keeping your child alive and nurturing them into a well rounded, clean and fed human being.”