Hugh Grant invades his privacy again to talk about his love child and why she was such a happy surprise

'It is life changing': Hugh Grant invades his privacy again to talk about his love child and why she was such a happy surprise

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22:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

He became a father for the first time last year when his ex-girlfriend gave birth to his daughter Tabitha.

However, while the world exhaled a gasp of shock, no one was more surprised than Hugh Grant himself.

But the actor admitted that becoming a dad has been 'life changing' and he would highly recommend it to everyone.

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'It is life changing': Hugh Grant appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show today and spoke about being a father for the first time

'It is life changing': Hugh Grant appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show today and spoke about being a father for the first time

Speaking on the Ellen DeGeneres Show today, he spoke to his host about fatherhood.

He said: 'Everyone was right all these years, saying, “Hugh, why don’t you have some children It changes your life”.

'Now that I have a child, it is life changing. I recommend it. Get some!'

He wasn't expecting that! Hugh revealed that Tabitha's birth came as a surprise - but a happy surprise, which is what her Chinese name Jingxi means

He wasn't expecting that! Hugh revealed that Tabitha's birth came as a surprise – but a happy surprise, which is what her Chinese name Jingxi means

But he said it came as a surprise when his former flame Tinglan Hong gave birth to Tabitha, who is now six months old.

He added: 'I can’t pretend it wasn’t a little bit of
a surprise. But it’s a very nice surprise. In fact, the baby’s name in
Chinese, because the mother is Chinese, means Happy Surprise.'

When Ellen asked what the name is, Hugh revealed: 'Jingxi. It’s one of the baby’s names.'

Tea for three: Hugh stopped and had a chat with YouTube sensations Sophie Grace and Rosie while on the show

Tea for three: Hugh stopped and had a chat with YouTube sensations Sophie Grace and Rosie while on the show

The Notting Hill actor has certainly changed his tune from a few months ago when he said Tabitha had yet to change his life.

He said: '“[People] said never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting. But I am excited, actually.

'I thought, well, I'll bluff through –
but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very
much. Fantastic.

Former flame: Hugh Grant's ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong was snapped in London last October just a month before she gave birth

Former flame: Hugh Grant's ex-girlfriend Tinglan Hong was snapped in London last October just a month before she gave birth

'Has she changed my life I'm not sure. Not yet. Not
massively, no. But I'm absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really
am.'

While on Ellen's show, he met Sophie Grace and Rosie, the two little girls from Essex who shot to fame when they became You Tube sensations with their memorable interpretation of Nicki Minaj song Super Bass last year, and stopped for a chat and some afternoon tea.

In the pipeline: Grant, seen here with Bridget Jones co-stars Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger, revealed that a script was being worked on for a third film

In the pipeline: Grant, seen here with Bridget Jones co-stars Colin Firth and Renee Zellweger, revealed that a script was being worked on for a third film

While in the US to promote his new film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh also revealed that a third installment of Bridget Jones, in which he played the dastardly Daniel Cleaver, is being planned.

Speaking to MTV, he said: 'I've seen some scripts. They haven't quite hit the nail yet, but they will. They're working on it.'