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Learning that your daughter is expecting Russell Brand’s baby might wipe the smile off many a parent’s face.
But golf star Bernard Gallacher and his wife said they were ‘very happy’ at the news that their daughter Laura is pregnant by the controversial comedian.
The former public schoolgirl, whose sister is television presenter Kirsty Gallacher, is five months pregnant with his first child.
The 27-year-old, who attended the prestigious St George’s school in Ascot which counts Princess Beatrice among its former pupils, recently rekindled her on-off relationship with Brand, 41, which began when she was a teenager in 2006.
This year the couple moved into a £3.3million cottage in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
Brand, who is worth £9million, is a recovering sex and heroin addict with has a long list of high-profile former girlfriends, including Jemima Khan, Courtney Love, Kate Moss and Geri Halliwell.
His marriage to American pop star Katy Perry ended in 2012 after less than two years.
Brand subsequently announced he was celibate, having previously claimed to have slept with 1,000 women.
A friend of Brand said: ‘It’s unbelievable but I think he’ll make a great father. From what I know of him, he has an amazing imagination and great sense of fun which will make him a child’s delight.
‘Obviously I was shocked when I found out as he is someone I thought of as a bachelor.’
Last night Bernard Gallacher, 67, who captained Britain’s Ryder Cup team numerous times, and his wife Lesley, 63, welcomed the news of their daughter’s pregnancy.
Speaking from their £1million semi-detached home in Ascot, Berkshire, Mrs Gallacher said: ‘Of course it’s positive and we are very happy, but I’d rather not say anything about it now.’