As engagement stories go, this one by far is one of the most unconventional.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow proposed to his daughter’s ex-boyfriend, Scott Hutchinson, while all three of them were on holiday in Croatia last week. Scott previously dated Barrie’s daughter, Saffron, before falling in love with her father few months after they had been together.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow was one of the first gay men ever to become a father through surrogacy in the UK. In 1999, Barrie and his partner at the time, Tony Drewitt-Barlow, fathered twins born through surrogacy. Following this, in 2000, Barrie set up the British Surrogacy Centre of America, which has been a success ever since.
Barrie is no longer in a relationship with Tony, even though they still co-parent and live in the same house together and, has now gotten engaged to Scott.
The 50 year old father proposed to Scott, 25, on a boat near Hvar Island, tucked away off the coast of Croatia. Barrie posted a video of the proposal venue on Instagram recently, which showed the boat adorned with rose petals, candles and champagne.
You can also hear Barrie’s voice in the video excitedly saying “And is that something over there?”, at which point he points the camera towards a huge diamond ring.
Barrie and Scott are also having another child of their own together. The baby girl will also conceived through surrogacy and is due to be born this October. Barrie has also revealed that Tony will be the god father for the new couple’s daughter.
When interviewed for The Sun, Barrie said: “We are thrilled we are going to become daddies again. Tony is excited too, although it does underline that our marriage really is over after all these years, so it is very bittersweet.
While this nuclear family may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the newly engaged multi-millionaire claims that they are happy. “We are happy, we want to co-parent our kids and that’s all that matters. If people don’t get it, that’s their problem, not ours,” said Barrie.
Source: LAD Bible