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One of Britain’s ‘first gay dads’ announces engagement to daughter’s ex-boyfriend

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and Scott Hutchison are already expecting a baby girl via surrogate this October.

By Will Stroude

One of Britain’s ‘first gay dads’ has announced his engagement to his daughter’s ex-boyfriend.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, who announced his separation from his husband of 32 years, Tony Drewitt-Barlow, last year, confirmed his engagement to Scott Hutchison, 25, on Instagram over the weekend.

The proposal took place during a family holiday to Croatia, which was also attended by Barrie’s daughter and Scott’s ex, Saffron, 20.

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Barrie shared a video of a boat decked out with rose petals, champagne and a diamond ring before posting pictures of the couple and family together. 

In March, Drewitt-Barlow and Hutchison announced they were expecting triplets via surrogate, though The Sun reports there is now just one baby, a girl, expected to be born in October.

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Drewitt-Barlow previously said that despite dating his daughter Saffron, Scott had never had a sexual relationship with her and the pair were more like “friends”.

Declaring his love for Drewitt-Barlow on Instagram after the engagement news broke, Hutchison wrote: “You know what, after reading everything I read in the papers or what I hear! Nothing will ever change! I’ll love this man til the day I die!

“He’s changed me in so many ways and turned me into someone know one will ever understand!”

Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow shot to international fame in 1999 when they welcomed twins Saffron and Aspen via a surrogate, later winning the legal right to be named as parents on a birth certificate, in a landmark ruling for LGBTQ parenting.

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The Essex couple later up their own transatlantic surrogacy company, welcoming another son Orlando, in 2003 and twins Jasper and Dallas in 2010.

The family – including Barrie’s new partner Scott – all reside together at Barrie and Tony’s home in Florida.