Gordon Ramsay said in an interview this week that he is a “softie” around his five children.
“The kids have brought the most emotion out of me,” he said. “It’s funny, isn’t it? Because everyone thinks, ‘God, you must be an absolute ass to be at home with.’ Tana’s super fierce, an ex-Montessori school teacher. So I’m the softie.”
Still, Ramsay admits that this depiction might be at-odds with his public persona: “I think everyone’s got a good and bad side in them. I’m just very good at highlighting the bad that turned into something incredible.”
Ramsay has been adamant that his deep devotion to his children has driven him to decide to not leave them inheritances. He notes that both he and his wife, Tana, grew up in families where no immediate members had four-year degrees, and the work ethic he has instilled in his children.
“Jack’s a Royal Marine commando, off defending the country in some of the most extreme conditions,” he said. “Megan’s an incredible police officer. Holly’s gone into fashion. Tilly’s studying at university for her degree. Tana and I came from a family with no degrees.”