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Minnie Driver’s U-turn on revealing son’s father’s identity: ‘He’s a grown-up!’

Minnie Driver appeared on The Graham Norton Show on BBC One last night to discuss her new podcast, Minnie Questions. The actress is known for her roles in Good Will Hunting and Cinderella. In an interview, she opened up about the difficulty of having her personal life become the subject of media scrutiny. Before giving birth to her son, Henry, she revealed on Jay Leno in 2008 that she wasn’t going to name the child’s father.

Speaking to The Guardian four years later, Minnie explained why she made the decision.

She said: “We weren’t together and he wasn’t directly in the business so I chose to protect him and not have a rain of publicity.”

This didn’t quite go to plan, as the subject of who is the father of her child has barely been left alone since.

She added: “I know, but it’s ridiculous. He’s not famous. There’s no big story.”

Minnie later revealed that the father was an episode writer on The Riches, the US TV series she starred in with Eddie Izzard.

On her U-turn, Minnie said: “I don’t need to protect him any more. He can fend for himself. He’s a grown-up.”

When asked whether the father is a good dad, she said: “Sort of. He’s figuring it out… I mean, he hasn’t been that involved; his choice. But he is now.”

The Conviction star had previously admitted she would like to have more children, but didn’t think she could cope raising two kids on her own.

She said previously: “Henry’s dad and I probably wouldn’t have any more together, but I would love to have more.”

However, she admitted to The Observer: “I couldn’t do another one without a partner; I couldn’t do two as a single mum, I really couldn’t. It would be too much.”

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In August last year, she opened up about her personal life once more, discussing the pain she felt after losing her mother.

Minnie was about to release her new podcast as well as star in Cinderella, and admitted she was “sad my mum won’t get to see either of them.”

On her mother, she added: “She’s actually in the film. There’s a scene where I’m driving through Wicklow Mountains and talking apparently to myself.

“But I was talking to her. I Facetimed her, she was on the seat next to me as I drove.”

Her mother died from sepsis, after being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing an operation.

In the interview with The Telegraph, she also spoke about her move to Malibu with her partner.

She said: “I’m happier by the sea. We all are. Every day I swim. I surf. I decided we should just live there. I can rent out my place in the Hills and just be more in nature.

“My mother loved nature. She could tell you about every leaf, flower, rock and insect, and that’s where I feel her. I find it so comforting and it’s one way I’m getting through this.

“It helps me so much to talk about her. I think we need to talk more about grief because as much as it isolates us, it also connects us.”


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