Why Tom Ford waited until his 50s to become a dad: ‘I always wanted kids, but I really had a bad drinking problem’
Fashion designer and movie director Tom Ford has revealed why he waited until his 50s to become a first-time dad.
‘I always wanted kids, but I really had a bad drinking problem,’ he says in the new issue of Out Magazine.
Now 55, Ford and husband Richard Buckley are parents to a 4-year-old son named Jack who they recently moved from London to Los Angeles with.
‘I couldn’t have had Jack in that (drinking) state — I’d have dropped him down the stairs and accidentally burned him with a cigarette,’ Ford admits.
But giving up drinking is not the biggest sacrifice Ford gave up when he became a parent.
‘You give up the right to kill yourself,’ he says. ‘And I kind of liked that, because it’s the ultimate out.’
As his son grows bigger, Ford is recognizing the downside of being an older parent. ‘I hurt my back,’ he says. ‘Jack’s heavy now. You realize why most people have their kids when they’re in their 20s or 30s.’
Ford, named Artist of the Year by Out, also started something else later in life by becoming a movie director.
His 2009 directorial debut A Single Man earned Colin Firth a best actor Oscar nod.
His second film is the new release Nocturnal Animals starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.