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Whatever reservations people may have had about the way the Drewitt-Barlows came by their designer family, about their exuberant attention-seeking, iffy taste and impetuous spending, the stable, monogamous nature of their relationship never seemed in doubt. Since 1999, when they achieved fame as 'The Gay Dads', much of their lives - or their children's - has been chronicled by television, newspapers or magazines, often in return for a fat cheque.
But while the public is invited to share the details of little Saffron's Chanel No 5 habit, there are other areas about which the couple are more reticent.
Barrie has tried to make light of the couple's recourse to the dating site with a jovial reference to Little Britain star Matt Lucas's outrageous character, Daffyd.
One suspects it is drama queen Barrie rather than the more taciturn Tony doing the talking when they inform potential new contacts: 'Willing to try anything once!
Ironically, given the pair's weakness for uniforms, the Mail discovered their detached, rented £600,000 house belongs to senior police officer Ian Learmonth, formerly based at the nearby Essex Police HQ, but now promoted to Assistant Chief Constable of the Strathclyde force in Glasgow.
He had no comment to make on his tenants, who were placed by a letting agency.
A third embryo, created when the egg fertilised by Tony split in two, was frozen.
Three years later, it was used to impregnate a second surrogate mother, Donna Cellarase, who gave birth to Orlando, now aged three.