Rus­sell Brand has been read­ing par­ent­ing books ev­ery week

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The 41-year-old co­me­dian is set wel­come his first child into the world im­mi­nently with his fi­ancÈe Laura Gal­lacher and is so de­ter­mined to start fa­ther­hood off on the right foot that he’s been soak­ing up valu­able in­for­ma­tion from baby guides. Speak­ing on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, which will air on Satur­day (15.10.16), he said: “I read a dif­fer­ent book ev­ery week and I read one on prepa­ra­tion for fa­ther­hood to men­tally pre­pare me for it. I don’t know that it has pre­pared me for it. “I’ve painted the room, I’ve done the things that you’re sup­posed to do, I’ve ac­cepted the idea that that per­son will be more im­por­tant than me, ‘Je­sus Three’ I’m think­ing of calling him or her, we don’t know the gen­der. I may not even ever im­pose a gen­der upon it, let the child grow up and be the what­ever the hell it is, never tell it there is such a con­cept.” Rus­sell - who has slept with a plethora of women and was even treated for a sex ad­dic­tion at one point - may have many years of sleep­less nights and a life­time of wor­ry­ing for his child, but he be­lieves be­com­ing a par­ent has ac­tu­ally made him calmer. He ex­plained: “With this new do­mes­tic life with the two cats, the 13 chick­ens, the dog and the soon-to-come child there is a nec­es­sary seren­ity and I sup­pose. “Be­ing se­ri­ous, if I dare for a mo­ment, hav­ing been fa­mous for a decade ... I’ve kind of re­alised that you have to have some sort of tran­scen­dent in­ner seren­ity and some gen­uine earthed things in your life oth­er­wise you’ll go men­tal. “Ob­vi­ously what I think is I am un­able to an­tic­i­pate it but I just want to be present for it and be com­pletely lov­ing and en­cour­ag­ing to this hu­man be­ing and to see what it does.” And the long-haired ac­tor proved how much he has changed when he popped the ques­tion to Laura ear­lier this year. He said of his thought­ful pro­posal: “I cried at my own beauty. You know when you think, ‘I’m be­ing so nice now, Oh God I think I’m go­ing to cry’ be­cause you’re im­pressed with how nice you are ... I prop­erly planned it and put proper ideas into it and made it all nice and did like a sur­prise party for her and her mum helped me to or­gan­ise it, get her on side!” Rus­sell wed Katy Perry in 2010 but their mar­riage didn’t last long as the funny man filed for a di­vorce, cit­ing ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences, just over a year later. Their di­vorce was fi­nalised in July 2012. ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ will air on Oc­to­ber 15 at 10pm on ITV.

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