I am reading this story and all I could think of is Cristiano Ronaldo.
I think now is a good time to shave my beard.
But you ever notice how the UNC does marry off / baby off / engage off all their young, single members of parliament?http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/barrys-b ... 29ca66169cBarry’s baby joy
by Radhica De Silva Yesterday Sun Aug 25 2019
Princes Town MP Barry Padarath, who has spent years championing a movement for the protection of children, now has a baby girl of his own.
However, just like any other father Padarath says he has absolutely no intention of putting his daughter in the spotlight even though there is already some controversy surrounding her birth.
A source who requested anonymity said Padarath allegedly paid a hefty sum and fathered the baby.
It is believed that Padarath paid US dollars to a surrogate mother who carried the baby full term until her birth. However, he refused to diviluge such information.
The source also said that Padarath had a legally binding arrangement with the mother to hand over full custody of the child to him after birth.
Padarath held a baby welcoming celebration at his Roystonia, Couva home yesterday to introduce the baby Sejal Padarath to his family and friends. The baby who is three months old, wore a white dress and she gurgled in her daddy’s arms while tassa drums rolled and people danced.
Holding a white umbrella over her head, Padarath took her upstairs where she was kissed by several people. Padarath motioned for the tassa drummers to play as he danced with her in an auditorium decorated in pink and white.
Afterward, the popular Cuppycake song was played while Padarath cut a pink and white cake with her.
Contacted yesterday, Padarath said he did not want his daughter to become exposed to the media.
“I have no intention of putting my baby in the spotlight,” he said. Asked whether it was true that he had spent a hefty sum to a surrogate mother to carry the child, Padarath said, “I have no intention of responding to any of these allegations.”
He added: “Dr Rowley has many children on stage and nobody asks him where he got the baby, so I do not intend to respond or raise my child in the spotlight.”
Padarath is known in his constituency for supporting scores of children with school books, bags, stationery and hampers over the years.
Since 2016, he has been an advocate for the strengthening of the Child Protection Unit. He has also called for more staffing for the Children’s Authority, the establishment of a public National Sex offender’s registry, and social support for teenage mothers.A baby girl for Barry
Susan Mohammed Aug 25, 2019 Updated 14 hrs ago
Barry Padarath is the father of a three month old baby girl, Sejal Lara Padarath
BARRY Padarath is a dad.
Padarath is the father of a three month old baby girl, Sejal Lara Padarath.
On Sunday the traditional Hindu Barahee, or welcoming ceremony of a child, under the theme “Ballerina Girl”, was held at his grandmother’s house in Couva.
It was attended by close family members and friends.
Amidst the celebrations, Padarath answered questions about his new family in a brief telephone interview.
The Princes Town Member of Parliament gushed about being a new father and enjoying every moment with his new bundle of joy.
“It’s been a tremendous experience being a new father. Being a member of parliament and a person in public life I also have a responsibility to my daughter. While this is a very joyous occasion I chose to include very few family members and colleagues. I have received tremendous support from my colleagues and well-wishers from my constituency.
Padarath said that little Sejal is already a “daddy’s girl” and she is the spitting image of him.
“I’ll tell you this, the first words that came out of my mouth when I was handed the baby were ‘This is me’. She looks exactly like me. I could have seen that in all of her features”.
He said that the parental experience has been very emotional and gratifying for him.
“I lost my father when I was very young. I am an only child. This experience has been a very gratifying one personally. I have had many academic and professional accomplishments but nothing really surpasses this of being a father today”, he said. “Even though I have my commitments to my office and my job as a Parliamentarian, even up to yesterday I made sure that I put her to bed and tuck her in. There is a special father-daughter bond that is there. There is a love that I cannot explain. She is definitely a daddy’s girl. This is how she is to me. My life, my joy, everything that I do publicly or privately. I have a goal that I want a better country for her. That is why I do what I do”, he said.
Photos of Padarath holding and dancing with his baby circulated on social media, raising questions about the mother of the child.
“The baby’s mom lives abroad. We have an understanding. I have no intention of playing out my child’s life in the public domain. I am the public official. She is not. She did not ask for this. So I have no intention of playing her life out in the public domain. For safety and security reasons I will not go into it. We are in silly season, and I also acknowledge the high crime rates in this country. Now there is some level of public interest in the baby and my life in particular, I would rather not go into details and put her at a security risk”, he said.
Padarath said the he hoped that people will not twist his family life to “score cheap political points”.
“I noticed there are ministers of Government (with children) and there is no outcry to explain, or to acknowledge them. I have no intention of answering questions. Once it does not affect my ability to function as an MP. I will continue to represent the people of princes town as long as they will have me. I really hope that people will not use this as an opportunity to score cheap political points, or to bring me or my family in disrepute”.
I faced the firing squad from some members of the population and I think I have weathered that storm. Today is another step in my life, I have gone into family life. I understand my responsibility first and foremost to this child.
Padarath said thanks to his thousands of supporters and well-wishers.
“This child will be my legacy”, he said.
“Regardless who says what and whatever comments may be made, the baby is an innocent life. She has brought a tremendous amount of joy to me."https://trinidadexpress.com/news/local/ ... cbd93.html