Jimmy Carr admits his father is 'dead to me' after not speaking to him for 21 years 


‘I just can’t have that guy in my life’: Jimmy Carr admits his father is ‘dead to me’ after not speaking to him for 21 years


Jimmy Carr has said his estranged father Patrick is ‘dead to me’ after not speaking to him for 21 years.

The comedian, 49, confirmed he is a first-time dad after he and his partner Karoline Copping welcomed their son Rockefeller in 2019.

Speaking on the Parenting Hell podcast, Jimmy told how he wants to have a healthy relationship with his son as he didn’t have that with his own dad.

Candid: Jimmy Carr has said his estranged father Patrick is 'dead to me' after not speaking to him for 21 years (pictured in April 2021)

Candid: Jimmy Carr has said his estranged father Patrick is ‘dead to me’ after not speaking to him for 21 years (pictured in April 2021)

He said: ‘It’s not a secret, I haven’t seen my dad in 21 years and you know the line, “My mother’s dead and my father’s dead to me” – which sounds very cold, until you meet the guy.’

‘It’s a weird thing where I’m acutely aware that things don’t always work out… I’m aware that sometimes it goes the other way and that could be terrible and there’s no bitterness and there’s no anger there.

‘I want the best, I just can’t have that guy in my life.’

Jimmy admitted he sometimes worries what kind of relationship he might have with his son when he grows up.

He said: 'It's not a secret, I haven't seen my dad in 21 years and you know the line, "My mother's dead and my father's dead to me" – which sounds very cold, until you meet the guy'

He said: ‘It’s not a secret, I haven’t seen my dad in 21 years and you know the line, “My mother’s dead and my father’s dead to me” – which sounds very cold, until you meet the guy’

He said: ‘There’s a bit of sadness there and you worry, “Could something go wrong with my kid?” You want to prevent that, but it’s hard.

‘I think it’s about being a father and being that figure for him but not in any way controlling.’ 

Jimmy’s mother Nora died in September 2001 and he hinted his relationship with his dad turned sour around this time.

He referred to ‘losing’ his mother and father at the same time but added he has ‘enough father figures and mother figures in [his] life’. 

Family: The comedian, 49, confirmed he is a first-time dad after he and his partner Karoline Copping welcomed their son Rockefeller in 2019 (pictured together in 2020)

Family: The comedian, 49, confirmed he is a first-time dad after he and his partner Karoline Copping welcomed their son Rockefeller in 2019 (pictured together in 2020)

The comedian has been in a relationship with Channel 5 commissioning editor Karoline since 2001 after meeting her at an audition.

The pair had not previously spoken about whether they would have children together.

In March 2017, he joked to Radio 4’s Desert Island discs that his girlfriend’s first impression of him was ‘one-note comedian with the eyes of a sex offender’.

The star said that even though Karoline wasn’t immediately taken with him, he was instantly smitten, saying: ‘I knew. It felt perfect.’

Relationship: The comedian has been in a relationship with Channel 5 commissioning editor Karoline since 2001 after meeting her at an audition (pictured together in 2015)

Relationship: The comedian has been in a relationship with Channel 5 commissioning editor Karoline since 2001 after meeting her at an audition (pictured together in 2015)

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