Bernie Ecclestone has sparked a backlash after admitting he doesn’t change his baby’s nappies because “that's what wives are for”.
The former Formula One boss welcomed son Ace with his wife Fabiana Flosi this month – at the age of 89.
The couple were chatting about their new arrival on ITV’s This Morning when hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield asked if Ecclestone was hands on with the baby.
Flosi, 44, said Ecclestone “helps” and “looks after him”, but the businessman confessed he doesn’t change nappies or do the night feeds.
'Now I've got a lot more time so I can spend a lot more time with him'
Bernie Ecclestone has recently become a new dad at 89 and discussed the benefits of becoming a dad later in life.
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"Hands on, except for that bit?” asked Willoughby.
Ecclestone replied: “Exactly. I do whatever is necessary when it's necessary. At the moment it’s not necessary - that's what wives are for."
When Schofield suggested that his words might be a bit “controversial”, Ecclestone joked that lots of his comments seemed to be.
“It’s how people take them,” he added.
And it seems Schofield was right, as several viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
“I don't think so matey. If you're young enough at 89 to have another child in this day & age, you're young enough to pull your weight & do your dad duties too,” said one person.
“‘That's what wives are for’. He really is a charmer!” said another.
One viewer said Ecclestone was “living in the stone age”.
Ecclestone, who will be 90 in October, also has three daughters.
He is father to Deborah, 65, with first wife Ivy Bamford, and Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with second wife Slavica Radic.
He told Schofield and Willoughby he hasn’t ruled out having another baby, saying it would be nice for Ace to have a little brother or sister.