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Jude Law demanded a DNA test when a fling led to his love child. Now, several years later, he barely sees his daughter

Jude Law demanded a DNA test when a fling led to his love child. Now, several years later, he barely sees his daughter

"Jude assumed she was on the Pill. He was stunned at being informed of the pregnancy."

In the year of 2009, Jude Law received a letter from a solicitor informing him that he was about to be the father of a child. He was shocked to learn that a fling he had with a model, Samantha Burke, in New York was going to lead to his fourth child after having three children with his ex-wife Sadie Frost.

According to The Telegraph, Law demanded a DNA test to be conducted so that he could be "100 per cent certain" that the child was his. At this time, Burke's mother, Delores claimed that the actor had "behaved as less than a gentleman."

A friend had also told the News of the World at the time, "Jude doesn't know for sure he is the father. He thinks he is, but he wants to be 100 per cent certain. There has been a lot of speculation," as quoted by The Telegraph.



 

Talking about how the pregnancy came completely off-guard for Law, a friend told Mirror, "Jude assumed she was on the Pill. He was stunned at being informed of the pregnancy. Jude feels like now he has been made to look the bad guy. One of the reasons their brief relationship didn’t work out is because Samantha was a little too keen. She claimed she was falling in love after just a couple of weeks. It was probably a bit too much, too soon. Despite this Jude does want to honour his role as a father and be involved in the child’s life."

However, it was reported that five weeks after Burke gave birth to their daughter, Sophia, Law had made absolutely no contact, let alone see his fourth child although the DNA test proved that he was, in fact, the father.

Jude Law at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California on February 27, 2011. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Pascal Le Segretain)

Burke had seen how Law was a doting father to his other children and could only hope that he would be the same to Sophia. She felt that once he sees her, he would want to build the father-daughter relationship.

"Once you see her face, how can you deny it?" Burke told Hello! magazine, as reported by Evening Standard.

"She has his [Jude's] chin and nose, and she does a little pout that I noticed he's done before. I'm very hopeful it will work out for Sophia's sake. He's a great father to his three kids. She's his daughter, and I believe he'll come through," Burke said just weeks after their daughter's birth. "It would be great if we can have a friendship and be cordial. Hopefully he'll be a big part of her life and she'll be proud to have him as her father."



 

Although he was not excited about the pregnancy, Law knew that he couldn't remain completely cut away from her life. According to the Daily Mail, a source told The Sun: "Jude was very on edge about the meeting. The pregnancy wasn't planned but he wants to do the right thing. It's not like he can hide - as soon as Sophia can use the internet she can find out who her dad is."

Now, several years since then, it was reported in 2016 that Law barely sees his daughter, although the people who watch Sophia grow say that she's growing to be more and more like her father. Star magazine reported that Law only sees his daughter once a year, according to Hollywood Life.

"The last time they were together was in September 2015, when her mom [Samantha Burke, 32] brought Sophia to London for a short visit," a friend said in the 2016 report. "Sophia is such a sweetheart, and I know that Jude loves all his children. There would be a lot for him to love about Sophia if he would spend more time with her."



 

The only times Sophia would see Law was when Burke would take her from Florida to wherever the actor was so that Sophia could meet him but he hadn't made the effort to travel to where she was. "As far as I know, Jude has never been to Florida to visit Sophia," the family friend added. "She’s only seen him when her mom has taken her to New York or England."

Every month, Law pays about $6,000 in child support and is also required to take care of Sophia's schooling as well as medical fees until she becomes 18 years old.



 

Burke's friend also talked about how the older Sophia gets, "the more she resembles her dad. She beautiful and bright, an absolute angel with a sweet nature. I know Jude would be so proud of all those qualities if he could just make the time to see his daughter more often. Sophia would love that so much!"

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