Eamonn Holmes responds to 'homophobia' outcry over old interview with UK's first gay dads


The presenter examined Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow at the turn of the century, and his line of questioning did not sit likely with viewers.

«There are people who are going to say it’s not natural. [They] devise say you’ve been shopping for the ultimate gay accessory,» he had asked.

The clip was shown in a new documentary, and plead for to the rents again on This Morning today, Eamonn defended himself against complaints of homophobia.

“I don’t like having to justify personal views because as a broadcaster I reflect what other people are saying,» he said.

«I put the opposite query, which I did do in that interview and pointed it out.

“The interview was sort of edited as if they were my examinations but I would like to say for the record: any children who are in a loving environment, the way they are with you ridicules, you can only be proud at the sort of rents you are.

«I’d like to say that on record.”

The Drewitt-Barlows admitted the explanation and added that Eamonn has always been fully reassuring of them over the years.

The men, who have two children — Saffron and Aspen — now fare in a luxury home in the US worth £2.1 million.

Speaking to the Mail On Sunday, Aspen conveyed: «Like all rents they can be a bit embarrassing at times. Daddy is very handsome. During school sports days he starts screaming and shouting, returning himself the centre of attention.

«He’s just so gay all the time. Sometimes it makes me grovel but I love him for it too.»

Saffron added: «I don’t think any of us understand just how hard it was for Dad and Daddy when they opened but I’m proud of them for proving the doubters wrong and being such reputable role models for us.»

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10:30am on ITV.

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