No joke. Supercars funnyman David Reynolds is going to be a dad.
The Bathurst winner and celebrity partner Tahan Lew Fatt have revealed they’re expecting their first child in early 2021.
“Tahny did the test and she just started screaming,” Reynolds said.
“I was just silent, I had no words… I sat down and stared into space thinking what does this all mean and she was dancing around.”
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The pregnancy is welcome news for the Melbourne-based couple as they navigate life in exile due to the impact of coronavirus on the Supercars calendar.
After spending two weeks in Albury, the glamour pair had their 12-week scan on the Gold Coast this week.
“Sh*t, I started tearing up… just wow, it’s real and it actually now looks like a little person”, Reynolds said.
The gender of the baby is unknown.
“Dave was acting really cool about it and then we got in there and he was like ‘that’s our baby’ and because he was crying, I lost it even more,” Lew Fatt said.
The Penrite Racing star admits the presence of coronavirus has made it a stressful time to be planning for the new arrival.
“It’s a whole new world, a whole new adventure but it’s just weird that I’m on the road while all this stuff is going on in the background and we don’t have a home and can’t go back to our house in Melbourne,” the 35-year-old said.
Reynolds appreciates he’s in a position to have his girlfriend travel with him while others in the sport have been forced to separate from their families.
“I couldn’t leave her in Vic and say I’ll be back in four months’ time could I?” Reynolds said.
“We go through this together… she supports me through racing and all the weird sh*t we’re going through and I support her through being pregnant and all that weird sh*t,” he said.
The next dilemma the long-term couple face is trying to decide where the baby will be born with options to base themselves with Lew Fatt’s family on the Gold Coast, Reynolds’ family in Albury or return home to coronavirus affected Melbourne.
“We have to make that decision in eight weeks and f**k knows where I’m going to be,” Reynolds said.
“I’ve got no idea where I’m going to be, she’s got no idea where she’s going to be, so it’s very, very tricky for us at the minute and that’s our biggest stress.”
Reynolds says living in Melbourne is ‘doing his head in’ and he’s contemplating raising his family elsewhere despite being in the first year of a mega, ten-year contract with Victorian-based Erebus Motorsport.
“I’ve been looking to buy a house for a long time but where is another question,” Reynolds said.
“I am sick of being in Melbourne, it’s quite depressing this time of year… the money goes a lot further up in QLD, it just seems like a lot nicer place to be.”
The timing of the baby’s arrival in early February is not expected to impact Reynolds’ Supercars commitments although the makeup of next year’s season could be vastly different to the traditional schedule.
“We’re due the week of the (Bathurst) 12 hour or around that time but I can miss that one, no dramas, even though I love doing it,” Reynolds said.
“We actually did plan to have an early year baby because that’s when there’s no racing going on.”
The decision to start a family doesn’t mean Reynolds will be slowing down, just this week on the Gold Coast he gained his boat and jet ski licence.
Famous for dropping pot plants off podiums and doing ‘shoeys’, Reynolds’ antics have cemented him as a fan favourite but Lew Fatt says it’s this relaxed approach that will make him a great father.
“If there’s a good cop, bad cop he’s going to be the good cop… he’s going to be the softie for sure,” Lew Fatt said.
“I’m not a patient person but he’s very patient so I definitely know he’s going to be a patient and rational dad.”
Supercars return to the track in Darwin, the hometown of Lew Fatt, for consecutive weekends of racing from August 8-9.
Reynolds is sixth in the championship after eight races but is yet to step on the podium in 2020.