Dad buys newborn son $3.1m worth of gifts and the biggest one will shock you

By Alma Fabiani

Published Sep 16, 2022 at 10:52 AM

Reading time: 2 minutes

Picture this: you’re expecting and you’ve just shared the news with your loved ones. While the politically correct way to guess exactly why you told them is to assume that you simply wanted to share the great news and excitement with your favourite people in the world, we all know the second reason behind your announcement. Babies are expensive and you’ll need help getting ready to welcome your little bundle of joy—meaning, you’ll be expecting presents from your family and friends.

There’s absolutely no shame in accepting a bit of help from the ones who surround you—we all need it at some point in our lives. Well, apart from one specific dad, it seems. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, 52, welcomed his son Romeo Tarquin on Monday 12 August 2022 alongside his fiancé Scott Hutchinson, 27.

Instead of the usual toys, books, nappies and newborn furniture most expect to be gifted or partly bought second-hand, the new parents decided to shower their little one themselves—and boy did they do it thoroughly. In total so far, Drewitt-Barlow and Hutchinson spent a colossal $3.1 million on Romeo.

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This—let’s be honest here—absolutely ridiculous amount included a $4,600 wardrobe jam-packed with designer clothes, which Drewitt-Barlow revealed that he has already “literally bought every designer that you can imagine” for baby Romeo.

Listing the various luxury brands, the 52-year-old added, “Burberry, Versace, Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren—if a designer sells baby clothes, we have snapped them up.”

But wait, there’s more. Not only have the two, who began dating back in 2019, spent thousands of dollars on clothes and accessories that won’t fit anymore in less than a month, they’ve also bought Romeo a yacht. Yep, let that sink in.

The $2.8 million boat, named after little Romeo himself, is currently in Miami “where Saffron [my eldest daughter] is boarding with her new boyfriend and heading over to Cuba and the surrounding islands for two weeks,” Drewitt-Barlow told The Sun.

Explaining their decision to spend millions on their newborn baby, Drewitt-Barlow continued: “We want to give him the same start in life as the other kids so we have set up a trust fund for him. Tony [my ex] gifted him $1.15 million and I matched it for him. We will obviously build up a nice portfolio of things for him over the next few years.”

If you feel like you’ve seen Drewitt-Barlow somewhere before, it’s because the new father has appeared on season two of the reality television show Below Deck alongside his ex-husband, Tony Drewitt-Barlow, 56.

Although the two have since split, they share a combined fortune of over $204 million.

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As for Drewitt-Barlow’s new relationship, Romeo is the couple’s second child together after they welcomed their first, Valentina, in October 2020. And fear not, Valentina clearly received the same treatment as her baby brother, alongside her half-sister Saffron, Drewitt-Barlow’s daughter with his ex.

“Before he was born, our eldest daughter Saffron spent over $11,500 on clothes,” he told the British tabloid, adding: “The moment he was born, another $23,000—she has totally gone over the top.” Just make sure you leave some for Valentina and Romeo, heh, Saffron…

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