Saffron Drewitt-Barlow – I’d die if a man gave me a Primark present or tacky £2 flowers – I’d rather get a boob job than a bouquet

TREATING your other half to a gift every now and then is all part of being in a relationship, but Saffron Drewitt-Barlow takes it to the extreme.

The 21-year-old daughter of Britain’s first gay dads, former partners and multi-millionaires Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, bought her ex a $600 pair of shoes every FORTNIGHT to show how much he meant to her… but they still split.

Saffron reveals their nine-month relationship went kaput because he was simply too intimidated by her wealth.

That’s perhaps unsurprising when you consider she cries if she has less than £1million in the bank and was recently gifted $15millionby Tony following a business windfall.

She’s already spent $100,000 on surgery, regularly splashes on massive shopping sprees and even jets her favourite beauty therapist from Brighton to the family's Florida mansion for treatments.

But her lavish lifestyle has made finding The One hard, as she explains in this week’s instalment of Saffy’s Absolutely Fabulous Life…

“I split with my ex in December, we’d been together for six to nine months, something like that.

I met him on Tinder and we split because he said he couldn’t keep up with the family and our spending.

He said he couldn’t afford to buy everyone Christmas presents after he saw what we get each other.

It’s true we all go big on presents. Last Christmas I got my daddy [Barrie] the new Louis Vuitton suitcases which were $6k with the holdall that’s $3k which goes on top, plus a Louis Vuitton cashmere throw  for $2k.

My dad [Tony] isn’t so much into bags and things, so I usually get him shoes like sliders or something like that. I usually spend about $10k on people.

Who are Saffron’s family?

Millions will recall pictures of Barrie and Tony cradling week-old twins Saffron and Aspen — born to a surrogate in California in 1999 — as they revealed themselves as the UK’s first gay dads and the first same-sex couple to be named on a birth certificate as parents.

The former couple, now worth £40million from their ventures including a trans-Atlantic surrogacy business and a global medical research company, became civil partners in 2006, then wed as soon as it became legal in the UK in 2014.

Saffron and her brother Aspen were conceived using the donor eggs of one woman, Tracie McCune, and carried in the womb of surrogate Rosalind Bellamy.

Manchester-born Barrie is the biological father of one, and Tony is the dad of the other — so they are actually half-siblings born at the same time.

Aspen, though, does have an identical twin — Orlando, 17. This is because the embryo from which Aspen was born split in two in the lab.

The other half was put on ice for four years before being carried for Barrie and Tony in the womb of a Japanese woman called Donna.

Barrie and Tony also have a second set of twins, Dallas and Jasper, born 11 years ago after Donna acted as surrogate again.

This time the eggs were from a Brazilian model, who Barrie spotted on a catwalk and paid £35,000.

They have now split, with Barrie dating Saffron’s ex Scott, 27. They  have four-month-old daughter Valentina together.

Barrie and Tony, who also has a new partner, remain amicable and the self-confessed “happy blended family’ all live together in their mansion in Tampa, Florida.

So for Christmas I usually do about $90k for the whole family, because I’ve got my four brothers, little sister Valentina and cousins.

I don’t go mad on my cousins, they just get something little like a Tiffany bracelet or a Louis Vuitton bag.

I think my ex got very intimated that he was around so much money constantly. The problem is we have so many people with birthdays around the same time, he joined the family at the wrong moment.


He felt he had to keep up, and he didn’t. We don’t buy somebody a present in the hope we’ll get something of the same value back. It’s not how we are.

I love buying people gifts – I used to get him a pair of shoes by this brand he loves every fortnight. They were $600 a go but I didn’t expect him to do that too, it was just a nice little token from me to show I liked him.

He was a regular guy, and it got too much. He kept asking what to get everyone for Christmas and he wouldn’t listen when I said he didn’t have to.

I had a feeling things might go wrong on my birthday at the beginning of December, he bought me a pair of Gucci shoes and I hated them.

It was the breaking point.

He said he’d take them back and he did… then he texted me to say he didn’t think it would work out.

I ended it with him after that. And he kept the shoes.


I first when on Tinder when I downloaded it for fun.

I get so many freaks and weirdos trying to chat me up, sending me stupid messages, it can be hard to know who to trust.

I don’t know if they’re after my money, a bit of publicity, or what.

So, at one point, I went on Tinder and realised I could be anyone… I used a pseudonym then started talking to people.

To be honest now I don’t really like dating apps because the majority of people on them are just ugly.

It’s very hard to find someone on them you find attractive.

I’d rather meet people through friends, something like that.

I do have high standards in some ways.

If someone I was seeing came home with something from Primark, I’d be thinking it was time to knock it on the head. I would try to be nice but it’d be obvious by my face.

I think chocolate is a tacky gift, and even flowers, it’s so easy to go and buy a £2 bouquet of flowers from the garage or something. To me that’s tacky.

Obviously it’s different if he’s gone out of his way to order a nice bouquet of roses – one that’s about $400. I’d rather a boob job that flowers though, do you know what I mean?


Me and my ex would go on normal dates, like go-karting and stuff, and we’d eat out every night.

I don’t expect the man to pay though, if I had to I’d split the bill but I’d rather just pay for it all. I can afford it so why not? Saves any awkwardness.

I don’t care what someone’s job is either, but they need to work and not be a scrounger.

Being lazy is a definite no. They have to at least be trying to do something.

Not everyone has a family who can help them like me, I have to respect that. Not everyone has it easy.

If I came from a poor background I could be struggling for a job with the grades I got, I’d probably be working in McDonald’s.”

Previously, Saffron revealed she has spent $100k on surgery after trolls said she had flat boobs, now her dad wants her to get more.

She also opened up about her fashion must-haves – and why Primark isn’t one of them.

Previously, Saffron revealed she has spent $100k on surgery after trolls said she had flat boobs, now her dad wants her to get more.

And she admitted that she'd cry if she had less than $1 million in the bank.

She also opened up about her fashion must-haves – and why Primark isn’t one of them.

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