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Simpson becomes a father aged 61
John Simpson
John Simpson recently wrote about his impending late fatherhood
BBC world affairs editor John Simpson is celebrating becoming a father for the third time, at the age of 61.

The boy is a first child for the journalist and his second wife Dee, who is 19 years younger than him.

"It's a really lovely feeling and we're both delighted," said Simpson, who has two daughters in their 30s from his first marriage, and grandchildren.

He recently admitted that "of course there are going to be problems" with late fatherhood.

'Advantages'

"We live in a country where people love to disapprove of others. It's one of the most depressing British characteristics," he said.

"No doubt all sorts of people up and down the land will be saying how disgusting it is that a man in his 60s should be fathering a child.

"Yet there will be all sorts of advantages to counter balance the problems of age.

"The great thing we can offer as older parents is the realisation that fun is just about the most important thing in life," added Simpson, who famously reported from Afghanistan disguised in a woman's burqa.

He has most recently reported from the ongoing trial of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

Simpson married his second wife, a television producer, in 1996.

Their child, which has yet to be named, is a year younger than Simpson's youngest grandchild.


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