‘Don’t dumb down my husband’: Giovanna Fletcher defends ‘amazing dad’ Tom in Father’s Day post


by Daisy Jordan |
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Giovanna and Tom Fletcher seem to have the happiest family in the entire world.

Not only are they both highly successful and driven, but they seem totally smitten and close as a family unit.

But despite their happy appearances, Giovanna has claimed she’s constantly asked about Tom’s parenting abilities.

The author took to Instagram on Father’s Day to express her frustration at constantly being quizzed about him, while he receives entirely different treatment when questioned about their family.

March 2014: Tom Fletcher welcomed son Buzz
Tom Fletcher and his wife Giovanna welcomed their first son Buzz Michaelangelo on 13 March 2014.

“IS TOM A HANDS ON DAD?”, Giovanna wrote at the top of the post.

She continues, ”Over the last three years there's one question that has started grating on me, and that’s 'Is Tom a hands-on dad?'

“It's something I get asked a lot, along with 'What's he like as a father?' or 'Has he surprised you in his new role?’

"I’ll say straight away that Tom is an amazing dad. He is one half of the parenting team and we very much do everything together. I feel fully supported in the knowledge that parenting, for us, is a mutual responsibility. I wouldn't be able to have children and keep working in the way I am without having Tom to tag team with.”

(Credit: Instagram/ Tom Fletcher & Giovanna Fletcher) ©Instagram/ Tom Fletcher & Giovanna Fletcher

Giovanna goes onto explain Tom is never asked the same questions about her, adding, "I guess the thing that has started to irk me about the above questions, is that no one would ever ask Tom what I was like as a mum, or ponder over my involvement, or dare to ask if I was any good at it.

"So the fact Tom, and all Dads, are having their skills questioned as though being 'hands-on' is optional is a murky area for me. I feel like we've moved on as a society. Dads are more involved. Well, in my eyes, they should be. Although I do understand that it’s not always possible even if they'd like to be.”

She then tells fans not to “dumb down” her husband and explains that mothers and fathers must be treated equally.

“Don't treat dads who interact with their children like they’re doing something alien that warrants your praise,” she says.

“If you wouldn't do it to a mum, don't do it to a dad. So, to all the dads out there doing the best for their families– whether you've stopped your 'day job' to take over the main bulk of responsibilities, whether you're sharing everything as evenly as possible, or whether you're out doing shift work and working all the hours possible to provide for your family – whatever you're doing with your family in mind, thank you.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Giovanna!

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