Bestselling author and chef Anthony Bourdain shocked his mom, Gladys, when he became a father in April to daughter Ariane, now 5 months, with wife Ottavia Busia. The 51-year-old’s mother stated,
His having a baby surprised me incredibly. Because he had always said he didn’t want to be a hostage to fear. Andthat you have to worry so about children that he really didn’t want it.
But I think, frankly, that he’ll be a fantastic father. Because underall the cynicism he has a mushy place that’s very tender.
Anthony adores his little girl, but knew that he was not ready to be a father in his younger years.
For most of my life, I credit myself with being aware that I wouldn’thave been a good father. At no point in my life was I aperson who should’ve been responsible for a little life. Too selfish,too self involved. Too messed up on drugs, and also afraid. So that thethought of being frightened for a child — I was not up to thatkind of fear and responsibility.
And I guess I just reached a pointwhere, you know, I think I’m ready to have a baby. In fact, I would be a good dad. I’m not such a bad guy.
Source: CBS News