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Barrie Drewitt-Barlow

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow


Barrie Drewitt-Barlow is the oldest of 4 children born to his parents in Manchester UK.
From the age of 14 Barrie trained as a hairdresser with a Saturday job at a salon in Didsbury UK, moving on to Vidal Sassoon in Mayfair London in the years to come. Not one to sit around Barrie went back to college in Chelmsford Essex to do an access course, this led to him getting a place on a degree course at the University of East London on their Social Work program. Barrie qualified as a social worker in 1996 and completed his Masters in Social work in 2000.

Barrie set up the British Surrogacy Centre of America in 2000 just after the birth of his own children, and it has been going strong ever since. The first European office was set up in 2010 and continues to grow on a yearly basis. Barrie is focused on making sure each surrogacy experience is one to remember for each client, and the focus is always on making sure the intended parents go home with their baby / babies.

At home it is said that Barrie is the head of the house, it is true that he has the loudest mouth but make no mistake, if Tony says no, its a no! Barrie is the one though that makes the daily decisions for the family on where they eat what school they go to and those every day decisions, but as a rule the family tend to hold meetings on the big decisions that affect the house in a big way.

Barrie Drewitt-Barlow grew up in Manchester and he loves to talk about the memories he has of a wonderful childhood. He had a big family in manchester, most have moved away now but he remembers fondly the time spent with cousins and other family members growing up.

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You must be so proud of the family you have made?

Of course I am, each and everyone of them are amazing kids and they are all individuals.

Are you not tempted to have another girl, we know you have always wanted another?

All I will say right now, is watch this space! 

How did it feel when you shot to fame in 1999?

Strange at first, because I wouldn’t say it was shooting to fame, actually we became infamous. The difference is that we were actually hated not loved or respected in any way whatsoever at the time because of the way society was in those days. We became ‘’famous’’ as the whipping boys for same sex parenting which was a huge no-no. Now though, the press call us the poster boys for same sex parenting and marriage, but that’s only because they are fickle and are jumping on the bandwagon. 

It felt strange to us then, and it still to this day feels strange that people are interested in us for having children. We say it to friends all the time, what’s the fuss? It’s not until they tell us that it was because it was pushing the boundrys and bringing such media attention to it that it suddenly became acceptable for gays to have kids!
What was strange was the reaction of social services to us becoming parents, and now watching these agencies up and down the UK actively recruiting from the gay community, it makes me laugh but makes me feel proud too that they can now see what a valuable resource the gay community is to them for placing children who need a home with love where they can feel safe.

As you have stated in a previous interview, you have been on the receiving end of homophobic abuse. How does it really make you feel about it?

If I am being totally honest with you, its water of a ducks back. I’m so used to it now that I don’t look at it in anyway at all let alone a negative way. Sometimes the trolls on twitter like to slag us off and that’s fine, I’m a big boy and can give as good as I get. I have always said though that the homophobia is one thing, BUT the most vile and despicable comments and abuse we get are always from the same type of people; The church do-gooders and a mixed bag of self hating gays! Yes, that’s right the gays.
I just don’t get some of them at all. There will always be that type, but it’s just water of a ducks back again and we are used to it.

The Caroline Farrows and the Transgender (self-hating) groups who like to bitch on twitter to their 200 followers are just looking for attention, sometimes if I’m in the mood I play with them a little and slag of the church and the abuse it is responsible for (and for those priests that are able to marry, when their church clearly does not like this?) AND I love arguing with the guys that were born male, have a sex change, then date a women because something inside them growing up as a little boy told them they were a women who likes other women!? I don’t get that one at all, but hey, who am I to judge! (little pun there because they are always judging me lol) 

What would you like to tell other people out there that are the victims of homophobic abuse?

Hate of any kind is not good for you, if you are the victim of hate because of your sexuality depending on where you live you can get help from the police. There are normally groups you can contact too.
But, what I would say is remove yourself from the situation as soon as you can before the hate turns to murder, as it has done so many times before. Just pack up a bag and go. Don’t do it to yourself. 

Other than that, I’m sure you get loads of lovely messages?

You know what, the great messages always have outweighed the bad. The good ones need to be recognised too. Not everyone has been in the hate camp and there are those that have stood by us through the whole process from day one. Those people we count as good friends and family.

Do you have any release dates for any other documentaries you are doing?

We are currently talking to several production companies and will have an update on this soon. The release of the last documentary was a huge deal and it was seen by one of the biggest UK audiences of a documentary type show in years, getting more viewers than some of the regular shows on tv at the moment! It tells you something about the interest now in our family.

Do you have any plans to move back to the UK or are you there for good now?

I am about to start building a new house in the UK, so I guess we will be back!

Do you miss that little bit of Essex in your life?

Yes, every day lol but saffron is typically an Essex Girl, so I still have it.

Quick Fire Questions

Chinese or Indian?

Indian

Range Rover or Porsche?

RR

UK or USA?

Both

Coke or Pepsi?

COKE

Staying in or Going Out?

Going out

Mcdonalds or KFC?

KFC

Casual or Suits?

Naked