Hugh Grant's midlife crisis

2012-02-19 18:18

Los Angeles - Hugh Grant is having a midlife crisis.

The 51-year-old actor - who became a father for the first time last September when actress Tinglan Hong gave birth to his daughter Jessica - is "embarrassed" by his new obsession with cars and thinks it stems from questioning his life as he gets older.

He said: "I have a new obsession with cars. It's almost too embarrassing to talk about.

"Motor racing. I go on motor racing trips. I get taught how to drive and now go to bed and read my iPad all about how crankshafts work or disc brakes. It's weird. I don't know where it's come from.

"It's a midlife crisis. That's exactly what's happening to me."

Hugh - who has previously dated Elizabeth Hurley and Jemima Khan - admitted he is only just beginning to understand women.

He told Total Film magazine: "I think [women being inexplicable] is the fascination, isn't it? I've got a bit better at it I think, but I'm a late developer.

"I'm 51 and just beginning to see some of the stuff that's going on that we, as men, are generally moronic about."

The actor also claimed he enjoys appearing on "sexiest film star" lists, but insists they are not his only targets.

He said: "All of those [lists] are pluses. I can't pretend I don't have an ego, and any man would like a bit of that. But it's not my raison d'etre."


  • Gail - 2012-02-20 15:41

    Man flu if you ask me! Its's recognising your mortality and realising what you are doing isn't enough to satisfy you. Most people go through this at some time or another when they enter a new phase in their life and there is nothing that makes that realisation come to the forefront than producing a child. This is why if you have problems in a partnership thinking that a baby will weld you together is the worst thing you can do. I went into midlife crisis when I had my first baby at age 25. I am a woman but not an earth mother. I lost all my freedoms despite a wonderful husband who changed nappies, scrubbed floors, cooked meals, made me cups of tea in middle of night and sat with me while I fed no 1. I was constantly exhausted and even when I did leave the child with Dad and get some time to myself all I wanted to do was sleep. My sex life went to hell and yes often I wished I could just walk out of the door and leave it all behind. So Hugh, hang in there. It's not a crisis it is just a passage from irresponsibility and independence to responsibility and having a helpless person dependent on you 24/7/365. It makes you crave all kinds of exciting things you haven't done before.

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