Australian Dancing With The Stars judge Todd McKenney, 42, and his best friend Anne Wood have welcomed a baby daughter. Charlotte Wood was born on June 2 after a 12-hour labor and weighed in at 7 lbs, 6 oz and measured 19 inches. They’ll be calling her Charlie.
Todd is openly gay; he and Anne made a pact twenty years ago that if they were single and childless by 40, they would have a child together. Charlotte was conceived using IVF and she will be informed of her father’s sexuality and her parents’ relationship. Says Todd,
Charlie will be brought up in an honest way. Honesty is important to me and I tend to live my life that way. She’ll be able to watch two people having an open, honest relationship. I’m proud to be me – and I’m gay and I’m kind and I’m generous and I’m a bastard sometimes. Our child needs to get used to this from day one. Charlie will be a showbiz kid with a really spiritual bedding.
He couldn’t be at the delivery because he was performing in DWTS but his thoughts were with Anne,
It was nerve-racking to listen to Anne when her father Bill rang from the hospital – that tore my heart out. I don’t know whether I’d have enjoyed watching the labor, but I’d have loved to be there out the front handing out cigars.
He has every intention of spoiling Charlotte,
I’m going to be the one who takes her to McDonalds. Stuff political correctness. I’ll also be the one taking her to the lolly department in David Jones, and buying her roller-blades, a bike and a pogo stick!
Source: Australian New Idea Magazine, June 16, 2007, p. 6-8
Thanks to CBB reader Elizabeth.