Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's hard to know where a step-parent should draw the lines

Last week, after it was revealed that the Australian cricketer Shane Warne's children refer to his fiancée Elizabeth Hurley as "Mummy Two", their birth mother Simone Callahan broke her silence, calling it "disrespectful": "She is not their mum - and the kids know exactly what the situation is."

Eighteen months into Hurley's engagement to Warne, she and Callahan met for the first time recently when all three attended Warne's son's school sports day in Melbourne. Following Callahan's comments last week, Hurley was photographed collecting Warne's youngest daughter, Summer, at the school gates. She was then pictured with her again, at a football match.

I'm surprised it took the former Mrs Warne so long to voice her exception. The thought of my children holding another woman's hand, sitting on her lap, with hugs all round, makes me feel physically sick.

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