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The One Thing Hugh Grant Won’t Do for His Child

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Last year, Hugh Grant became a first-time father. The actor, 51, recently opened up to the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper about what it's like to be a dad.

Grant revealed that his friends warned him that "the baby period is not that exciting." But Grant finds it anything but boring. "I am excited, actually. I thought, well, I'll bluff through -- but very little bluffing has been required."

Grant, who had the baby with ex-girlfriend and Chinese actress Tinglan Hong, also said something that we suspect most other new dads would disagree with. "Has she changed my life?" Grant pondered. "I'm not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no." Still, Grant says he is "thrilled to have had her" and that he already feels like a better person because of her. But there's one thing he won't do for her.

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All too aware of the effects that too much money can have on a young child, Grant said he doesn't intend on starting a trust fund for his new child, Tabitha. "There are few things in life I believe in 100 per cent," Grant said. "But another one is not giving your children money. I see nothing but f----ups among my trust-fund friends. It's like 99 per cent f----ups. So I would not want to do that to my children, no."

But don't think he's going to be a tiger mom. "No, I have the Tiger Mom," Grant said. "I'll be Lamb Daddy."

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Grant has described his relationship with Tabitha's mom as a fleeting affair. Grant, who wasn't able to attend the birth for fear that he would unwillingly attract too much press, said he felt "a little lumpy" (that's Grant-ism for "emotional") when he met Tabitha a day later. He also defended his ex. "She is a good person, a nice person, funny, clever, great mother. And she's been very badly treated by the media."

In addition to his new duties as dad, Grant will also star in several movies this year, including "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and "Cloud Atlas," an adaptation of the prize-winning novel from David Mitchell.

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