He even threatened to sue bosses at the Daily Mail after they alluded to an alleged affair with a tennis instructor - but he dropped the defamation suit after the publication printed an apology. “The tabloid world is busy, and omnivorous, so I was not taken aback by that story. I don"t take any of it personally," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.
“I am not saying I enjoy it, but these things exist because people buy them, so it is not for me to say they should not print this stuff. It would be nice for them to get the facts right - but it is just gossip, so it"s not of world-shattering importance," he said.
But he does admit he is worried how his two kids – daughter Madelaine West, 11, and seven-year-old Kyd – are going to take the scandalous stories about their dad when they"re older. “It may be hurtful for me personally, but mostly what worries me is that my children are exposed to it. Luckily, they don"t read that British newspaper," he said.
“But the time will come, with the glory of Google, that they"ll find something some day. 'Dad, what the f**k is this?" Hopefully, I"ll be able to explain. In the meantime, I"ll get on with enjoying my family, my work, my interests," he added.