Step away from your “BBC Dad” thinkpiece.
Kelly wrote that his family can’t handle much more interest since they have been “deluged with requests since Friday.” It seems everyone wants to get in on what should have been a fairly dull BBC interview with a Korea security expert that turned into a family affair when his children wandered into the room.
His post comes after the entire family – his wife, Jung-A Kim, 4-year-old daughter Marion and 9-month-old son James – sat down for a follow-up interview with the Wall Street Journal Tuesday. They’ve also held a Korean press conference and a BBC follow-up since they are a family really in demand.
Kelly, who says the video has “resonated with parents around the world,” also wanted to clear up what he calls “rumors and controversies” brought up by his “family blooper.”
Kelly addressed several key points that the internet has been talking about for days. We’ve filled in what everyone has been asking even if Kelly didn’t list the questions in his blog statement.
Wife or nanny?
Jung-A Kim is Kelly’s wife and the kids’ mother, not a nanny.
How old are these kids?
His daughter and son are 4 years and 9 months old, respectively.
Why are you shoving your kids?
They aren’t usually as forceful with the kids, but don’t worry no one was injured or hurt. This was anything but a typical situation. His wife was trying to corral the kids out of the room quickly and efficiently, while Kelly was hoping his daughter would go behind his chair and play with some toys quietly. (As we know none of these things happened, but good effort!)
Was he wearing pants?
“Yes, I was wearing pants. I choose not to stand, because I was trying to salvage the interview.”
Was it all staged?
It wasn’t staged.
What’s with the bed?
The bed covered with books was an air mattress. “Our children like to play and jump on it.”
Was the map a prop to make you look smart?
The map is not a prop: “It was a gift and genuinely helps me learn world place names in Korean.”
What went down after the botched interview?
This did not turn into a family fight afterward. “Rather, we were mortified. We assumed that no television network would ever call me again to speak.”
What does this mean?
Don’t read into this too much. “We see this simply as a very public family blooper, nothing more.”
So there you have it: BBC Dad was wearing pants. And his family isn’t here to be fodder for your parenting, child rearing, work-life balance, mixed-race family dynamics or any other opinion piece.
The dad said it best, “We are just a regular family, and raising two young children can be a lot of work.”