The actor's rep revealed the news to E! News yesterday. While the baby is Murphy's first with Butcher, his girlfriend of four years, it's certainly not Murphy's first rodeo. His other children include:
And while the star is old enough to be a grandfather, the media seem to be patting him on the back for a job well done. The ol' stud's still got it, right? Not much is said about the fact that he'll be 72 when this baby graduates high school.
When reporting Murphy's news, the headlines read "Eddie Murphy Expecting Child with Girlfriend Paige Butcher," "Ninth time's the charm? Eddie Murphy prepares for baby's arrival" and "Eddie Murphy's Girlfriend Paige Butcher Is Expecting — Which Makes Baby No. 9 for the Funnyman! Whoa!"
Being an old celebrity dad is no big deal. Bryan Adams didn't have any children until he was 52. And when their youngest kids were born, Kevin Costner was 55, Kelsey Grammer was 59, and Donald Trump was 60.
But turn the tables for a moment, and consider what's reported when a "mature" female celebrity reveals she's pregnant. In 2013, Starcasm revealed Hollywood's "oldest moms," ranging in age from 41 to 48... all way younger than Eddie Murphy.
Can you even imagine what the headlines would read if Murphy were a 54-year-old woman?
Double standard? Sort of. The age of the father is less significant to a pregnancy, of course, than the age of the mother. While more women are having babies after the age of 40, there are risks involved — for both baby and mom.
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