Clarke Gayford opens up about fatherhood

Less than a month away from the birth of his first child, Gayford says he's as ready as he's likely to get.
Less than a month away from the birth of his first child, Gayford says he's as ready as he's likely to get. Photo credit: Getty

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's partner Clake Gayford has opened up about preparing for fatherhood in a revealing interview with The Guardian.

Less than a month away from the birth of his first child, Gayford says he's as ready as he's likely to get.

The baby's room is all set up, central heating has been installed, and he has been collecting parenting advice from everyone he meets - from Barack Obama to members of the Royal Family.

"How prepared can you be?" he asked.

While the couple are keeping the child's gender under wraps until the birth, Gayford says it's been exciting to see his child grow.

"With each trip to your scans, where you see a little face developing, you start to think about all the projections you have on them as a person."

He says he is interested to see whether the child carries the "strong line of Gayford noses", and hopes the child "picks up some of mum's temperament".

Gayford will be a stay-at-home dad when Ms Ardern goes back to work six weeks after her due date, and says he hopes his years of DJing have trained him well enough to function on little sleep.

He says his parents, and more recently his sisters - one whom has three boys under four, and the other who has two young girls - are his parenting role models.

"I'm in their world a lot. You get a warts-and-all commentary."

He told The Guardian he's had plenty of stay-at-home dads coming up to him to offer friendly advice.

"It's all completely normal for them," he said.

Ms Ardern is due to give birth on June 17.

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