Dang that Hugh Grant knows how to keep a secret! The intensely private 52-year-old actor had a second child in December and managed to keep it under wraps until just this weekend. Only a few of his friends new about it. Grant has been so out of the spotlight lately that I didn't even know he had a first child, which judging by the circumstances of how that went down, isn't all that strange. But before we get to that, wait till you hear what Grant named his new little boy ... it's positively unique and adorable all at the same time.
Felix Chang Hong Grant!
Felix means "lucky" in Latin and Chang Hong translates to "long lasting," so as far as names go, you can't be more positive than that. And when is the last time you heard the name Felix (re-runs of The Odd Couple excepted)? It sound perfectly British and offbeat enough to sound like name of the son of Hugh John Mungo Grant.
Grant's first child is a 16-month-old little girl named Tabitha, another sweet and unusual name (is he getting these names from old 1960's American sit-coms, you have to wonder?). The daddy bug clearly bit Grant fast and hard for him to have kids so close together in age, they are practically Irish Twins! The mother is Grant's girlfriend, 32-year-old Tinglan Hong, a woman Hugh met in 2010 in a wine bar and supposedly had what he called a "fleeting affair" that resulted in the child. Grant later retracted that term, said he regretted characterizing it that way, and that we was thrilled to have a baby and would be supporting her and Hong every step of the way. He and Hong are still together, so it sounds like it was meant to be.
And now comes baby brother Felix! It's been hard to forget Grant's less-than-glorious past with that whole prostitute mess, but it looks like the witty Brit has finally grown up thanks to parenthood, but he has still managed to hold on to the goofy, self-deprecating humor and charm that he's known and loved for in his films. After a reporter asked him about the baby outright, he came clean to the world in a tweet:
In answer to some journos. Am thrilled my daughter now has a brother. Adore them both to an uncool degree. They have a fab mum. And to be crystal clear. I am the Daddy.
Yay for daddy Grant and mum Tinglan and their happy family!
Do you like the name Felix for a boy?
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