Jimmy Carr is opening up about his experience of fatherhood for the very first time - and has finally revealed the name of his young son.
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The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star secretly welcomed a baby with partner Karoline Copping some two years ago, and in a new interview with the Radio Times, he confirmed his little boy's unusual moniker.
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Jimmy, 49, told the publication that his son had been named Rockefeller - inspired by both the American billionaire business magnate John D. Rockefeller - "though also with a hint of Chris Rock, the greatest ever comedian".
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Asked if he thought fatherhood had softened him, Jimmy replied: "It could be a bit of a gear shift, because of the kind of comedy I do. But so far, I'm still telling the same jokes, I've got the same sense of humour.
Jimmy and Karoline are proud parents to a little boy named Rockefeller
"We'll see because I'm sure I'm going to be writing a lot of material about him. In fact, I think he might be tax-deductible."
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Jimmy's comments refer to his alleged involvement in a tax avoidance scheme that came to light in 2012. Reflecting on that time, he admitted: "People thought, because of the type of comedy I do, that it was water off a duck's back to me. But it wasn't. It was really horrible. I had panic attacks."
The star only recently confirmed he is a first-time father
Jimmy only confirmed news of his son’s birth last month during a stand-up gig at the O2 Academy Brixton. According to The Sun, Jimmy joked: "I had to tell my little boy he's adopted.
"I mean, he isn't, but the look on his face. I said, ‘No, no, no, you were adopted, the new family is picking you up tomorrow.'"
Jimmy has been in a long-term relationship with his partner, Karoline Copping, since 2001. The pair reportedly met at a television interview during auditions.
Jimmy and Karoline have been together since 2001
Canada-born Karoline was working at the time as a commissioning editor for Channel 5 and Jimmy was auditioning for a show. She is credited on two of Jimmy's recorded projects: Jimmy Carr Live and Jimmy Carr: In Concert.
Jimmy and Karoline, who live in north London, choose to keep their long-term relationship pretty private. Although the couple lead a life out of the spotlight, they have been pictured together at events and on red carpets, looking loved-up as ever. They were even spotted attending the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in 2018.
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