' 'Just looking for friends, no big deals, no tears, just loads of laughs and loads a fun!! We don't do camp guys well at all.' The Drewitt-Barlows, as they style themselves, dismiss criticism as just another example of the homophobic media over-reacting.
Mancunians Barrie and Tony made their first £4million fortune by selling an Essex-based dermatological testing firm in 1998.Despite their wealth, they were turned down as adoptive parents, so decided to raise a family by a different method. It took their sperm, the eggs of one American woman, the wombs of two more, some of the finest IVF surgeons in the world and around £200,000, but they did it.In 1999 the pair made legal history when they became the first same-sex British couple to register as joint parents on a birth certificate in the United States.But while they forged their remarkable family, the couple became increasingly rootless as they drifted from country to country like exquisitely dressed nomads.Barrie, 37, and Tony, 42, are somewhat less open about their ages, which they claim to be 32.
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!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.'Tony and I are living in Essex now and, unlike the centre of London or Manchester, there are not many gays in the village,' he said.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.It means their sons are genetic twins despite being born four years apart.