Saturday, May 26, 2012

He told me if Daisy had a DNA test he'd never speak to me again and he kept to his word': Pearl Lowe reveals family feud with father of her daughter G

By Alasdair Glennie

After rock offspring Daisy Lowe discovered her biological father was singer Gavin Rossdale, she took almost six years to mend their relationship.

However, the full extent of the model’s family feud has only just become apparent.

The 23-year-old’s mother Pearl has revealed Mr Rossdale has refused to speak to her since the shock revelations in 2004 – simply because she allowed her daughter to take a DNA test.

In the old days: Pearl Lowe seen with husband Danny Goffey and her former lover and father of her eldest daughter Gavin Rossdale with his wife Gwen Stefani. Pearl has revealed that Gavin has not spoken to her since Daisy took a DNA test

Speaking to Easy Living magazine, the former indie singer, 42, gave a rare insight into their broken relationship.

She said: ‘While Daisy and I are close, things haven’t always been easy.
‘It was a bit hairy for six months when I told her I suspected her father was the musician Gavin Rossdale.

‘Gavin told me if Daisy, then 14, had a DNA test, he’d never speak to me again and he’s kept his word.

‘I lost him as a friend, but Daisy has a relationship with him, which is great.’
Formerly frontman of rock band Bush, Mr Rossdale, 43, has two children with his wife, pop icon Gwen Stefani, 42.

However their marriage was rocked when Daisy Lowe, then 14, accidentally discovered he was her father.

He and Pearl Lowe had a five year relationship in the late 1980s while she was married to fertility specialist Bronner Handwerger.

For years, Mr Rossdale had been a faithful godfather to Daisy, even attending all her school parents’ evenings.

But he soon became estranged from her family when Pearl arranged for her to take a DNA test to prove her real parentage.

Remembering the moment she discovered Mr Handwerger was not her father, Daisy said: ‘[It was] a very interesting time. That age is when you’re at your most malleable; you’re developing frontal lobes.

‘But I’m very proud of those times, ‘cos at those moments when the s*** hits the fan I could either go out and get really f***** up or I could go home, cry myself to sleep and wake up in the morning and give my mum a big cuddle, and feel better. And face it head on.’

However, in 2010, the British model revealed she had reconciled with her biological father and grown close to her half-brothers Kingston, five, and Zuma, three.

Father trouble: Daisy, seen yesterday buying flowers yesterday, was 14 she learned that Gavin was her real father

Not on good terms: Gavin won't speak to Pearl

Family man: Gavin has two children Kingston and Zuma with his wife Gwen Stefani

She said: ‘I now have a really good relationship with my father. It’s been blossoming for the past year but it really happened over Christmas.

‘We got to spend time together. He’s got two beautiful kids who I really adore and his wife is gorgeous.’

Last year, Miss Stefani admitted her marriage to Mr Rossdale ‘hasn’t been the easiest journey.’

Following the shock revelation that he was Daisy Lowe’s father, he also admitted to having a homosexual affair with cross-dressing British pop star Marilyn in the 1980s.

Miss Stefani said: ‘I’ve been with Gavin for 14 years, and, let’s face it, that is a huge accomplishment.

‘I feel so proud of that – it hasn’t been the easiest journey.’

In 2008, Pearl Lowe married Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, 38. The pair have three children, Alfie, 15, Frankie 13, and Betty, six.

In her autobiography, she spoke about her long struggle to quit drugs, saying: ‘I was utterly miserable. There wasn’t a night I didn’t go to bed in tears or a morning I didn’t wake up feeling despair, guilt and self-loathing. Why? I was hopelessly addicted to drugs.’



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