Bernie Ecclestone responds to uproar over having baby at the age of 89

Bernie Ecclestone says he’s ‘not sure what all the fuss is about’ after he announced that he’s set to become a father for the fourth time at the age of 89.

On Thursday, the ex-Formula One chief executive revealed that his wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, is expecting a baby boy in July. The couple, who tied the knot back in 2012, have been self-isolating in their Brazilian farm north of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The billionaire business magnate is already the father to three daughters, Deborah, 65, Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31. Ecclestone had Deborah with his first wife Ivy Bamford, while his next two children came from his second marriage with Slavica Radic.

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Considering Ecclestone will be turning 90 in October, the news has taken many by surprise but the former F1 supremo has been baffled by the response.

‘There’s nothing that unusual is there? I haven’t had a job for a little while so I have had plenty of time to practice!’ Ecclestone told The Daily Mail.

‘She is thrilled. We’re not sure what all the fuss is about!

‘I’m very happy and happy really for my wife, she’s been looking forward to this happening for quite a few years so I’m happy she’ll have someone after I’m gone.

‘It’s fun, I don’t see any dramas, I’ve got grandchildren and I’m looking forward to having another baby.’

Ecclestone, who also has five grandchildren and a great grandson, says his ‘one wish’ is for his son to be born healthy.

‘Yes, it is due in the summer,’ Ecclestone told Swiss newspaper Blick earlier this week.

‘Hopefully he’ll learn to play backgammon soon!’

‘Like all parents we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy.

‘Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!’

He added: ‘I just want everything to be good with Fabiana even if the isolation goes on longer.

‘Fortunately the farm never runs out of work. Fabiana also looks after her own coffee plantation.’

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