Robbie Pattinson became a father for the first time at the age of 38. The actor and model welcomed his first child with model Emily Blunt on Sunday, October 20th in Los Angeles, California. Blunt is 35 years old and acts in the movies for Disney and Warner Bros. She got engaged to Pattinson in September and has been living with him since. She is now seven months pregnant.
The couple chose to keep the gender of their baby private. They have not yet announced the name of their firstborn. The Hollywood star is said to be over the moon about fatherhood. The couple plans to wed in the spring of 2020.
Rocking The Cradles
In addition to becoming a father, Pattinson was also performing on Saturday night at the BAFTA Los Angeles ceremony when he found out he was going to be a grandfather. He was joined by his co-stars from the upcoming film, The House with the Biggest Balcony in the UK, as he accepted his BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
While talking to Variety about the honor, Pattinson joked, “I’m going to be a grandfather, and I really want to see this little girl’s face when she meets her grandfather for the first time.” He also joked that he is looking forward to “rocking the cradles” with his grandkid.
The actor revealed that he and his wife had been trying to have a baby for a while and were finally able to do so thanks to IVF. “It was a process. We went through four rounds of IVF,” he said. “We actually went through the process twice, but it finally worked the first time. We are both really happy to have our family now.”
The British actor also opened up about how being a parent has changed his career. “I definitely think it’s affected me as an actor. I don’t know if it’s for the better or worse, but it’s certainly different,” he said. “In the past, I’ve gone through the motions of being in a relationship and getting myself into romantic comedies and action films. But now that I have a child, I don’t know if I’m really suited to those kinds of roles.”
The Biggest Surprise
While it was great to see Pattinson get recognized for his acting, it was not exactly the ending he expected. “I think the biggest surprise was just how many people knew about it. It wasn’t like a huge secret. But still, I didn’t really think I would be that happy about becoming a father. I’m not like, ‘Oh, I want to have kids!,’” he said. “I think it took me by surprise, how much I wanted to be a father.”
But even though Pattinson may be happy to be a father, he revealed that he and his wife have been struggling with infertility issues. “We’ve been dealing with infertility. We’re not exactly sure why. Maybe it’s because we’re both really nervous and intimidated about becoming parents. Or it could be that I don’t produce enough testosterone. We’ve been trying to have children for a while, and it’s been incredibly frustrating. It’s not gone easily.”
According to a report in The Telegraph, the issue may be due to Pattinson’s low sperm count. “He said his sperm count is low and that he takes a lot of vitamins and supplements to help it grow. He also claims that his father had issues with his sperm as well and that he was also told he had low sperm count when he was younger. So, it could be an issue with his genes,” an anonymous source close to the family told the publication.
The actor also talked about how he is adjusting to fatherhood. “I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to be as a father,” he said. “I’m still trying to understand what it means to be a dad, how much I’m going to enjoy this stage of my life, what my responsibilities are, if any.”
He admitted that he and his wife had a hard time believing that their life had changed so much. “We’re still in a state of disbelief. I’m sure there are going to be so many more changes to come,” he said. “So many more responsibilities. So many more things to figure out. I’m looking forward to it though. I’m sure it’ll be an adventure. And it’ll be great to have somebody to go on adventures with.”
Pattinson is arguably one of the most in-demand leading men in Hollywood. He has starred in successful movies such as Twilight and Water for Elephants, earning millions of dollars along the way. In November 2019, he was ranked #6 on Forbes’ list of 2020’s highest-paid actors. It’s safe to say that fatherhood has not slowed down this British actor.