'I don't need to protect him anymore': Minnie Driver FINALLY reveals the identity of son Henry's father
She has always been incredibly secretive about the identity of her son's father.
But now Minnie Driver has come forward to reveal that three-year-old Henry's dad was a writer on her former television show The Riches.
The 42-year-old actress said the reason she had decided to disclose the man's identity was because she doesn't 'need to protect him any more'.
'I don't need to protect him anymore': Minnie Driver has revealed her son Henry's father was a writer on her TV show The Riches
She added to The Observer magazine: 'He can fend for himself. He's a grown-up.
'We weren't together and he wasn't
directly in the business so I chose to protect him and not have a rain
'He's not famous. There's no big story.'
It had been reported before that the
father was a TV writer, who ended his relationship with Driver when she
found out she was pregnant.
However, Driver admitted that the man, who she still refused to name outright, has now increased his involvement in their son's life.
Fashionista: Minnie was seen at the Temperley show over the weekend at London Fashion Week
She said: 'Is he a good dad Sort of. He's figuring it out… I mean, he hasn't been that involved, his choice. But he is now.'
The Conviction star had previously
admitted she would like to have more children, but doesn't think she
could cope raising two kids on her own.
She said previously: 'Henry's dad and I probably wouldn't have any more together, but I would love to have more.'
However, she admitted to The
Observer: 'I couldn't do another one without a partner; I couldn't do
two as a single mum, I really couldn't. It would be too much.'
Speaking about how she coped during
her pregnancy, the actress, who was one of two children born out of an
affair – millionaire father Ron Driver, already had a wife and daughter
who knew nothing of his other family – said: 'I had good friends around
me, so it was sort of hilarious.
Screen star: Minnie had met the mystery man while appearing on series The Riches, alongside Eddie Izzard
'I was making a film at the time and the paparazzi would shout: 'Who's the sperm donor' at me. Oh, it was an awful film [Motherhood] and I wouldn't do that again, but I was heavily pregnant and I just wanted to take my mind off it.'
Minnie admitted that motherhood has left it's mark on her, and while she is admittedly involved in a 'very selfish business' – she said: 'I've started to enjoy my job more because I take it less
Now that her son has got older, the curly-haired actress has renewed her career ambitions. Her latest film, Hunky Dory, a small British indie from Jon Finn, the producer of Billy Elliot, is a high-school musical set in Wales during the heatwave of 1976.
And she has set her sights on a return to the small screen – again for less than selfish reasons.
'I still want an Oscar, and to work with Danny Boyle and Martin Scorsese – of course I want all of that.
'But what I really, really want to do is another US TV series… I want a regular pay cheque. And I want to be able to know when I can pick up Henry from school.'
Hunky Dory is out in cinemas on 2 March