Elizabeth Hurley: Damian isn't a 'mummy's boy'

Elizabeth Hurley has insisted her son isn’t a “mummy’s boy”.

The 58-year-old actress has always felt it important to prioritise 22-year-old Damian – whose father is the late Steve Bing – and his needs, but though the pair are very close, she insisted the director knows his own mind and doesn’t always listen to her.

She told Britain’s HELLO! magazine: “You only get one chance to be mother of a child.

“So I made a decision when I had Damian to put him first, ahead of anything in my personal or professional life.

“I didn’t take an acting job for nearly eight years because I wanted to be the person to put him to bed every night, take him to school and make shepherd’s pie. Life was very simple.

“Some people would look at us and say, ‘You’ve created a mummy’s boy’ because we spent so much time together.

“But I was like, ‘Wouldn’t a mummy’s boy do what I say? He doesn’t do his homework, he doesn’t tidy his bedroom, he doesn’t come to the dinner table on time. He really does nothing I ask him.

“He was a very self-possessed little despot.”

Damian added: “I’m not being maligned – it’s true.”

The pair have often turn heads because of their striking physical similarity, but Elizabeth insisted that hasn’t always been the case.

She said: “The funny thing is, when he was growing up, he looked nothing like me at all.

“It wasn’t until he was around puberty that I suddenly opened my eyes and there was this little dark Irish kid staring at me, whereas before he’d been blond with no eyelashes, no eyebrows.

“Adorable, but he just didn’t look like me and my side of the family at all.”