John Abraham was all for donating sperm, until he was swarmed with fan requests to do it for them. In an interview to HT last week while promoting his film Vicky Donor, the 39-year-old had said that he had no qualms donating his sperm for "philanthropic reasons and not for commercial gain."
In no time, he was flooded with e-mails, letters and phone calls from couples who wanted a ‘celebrity-gene’ baby with John as the donor. "The rate at which I was asked to donate sperms ... I will be the father of the nation! I can’t keep giving in to every fertility corner or everyone around ... I got a call from every corner of the country after I agreed to do so," says the actor.
He’s not giving in, and has other plans instead. "If I have to donate sperms then I would like to donate it to my future wife," he says.
Isn’t he worried that backtracking on his words will land him in fire? "It’s a subject that I hold closely to my heart and I feel very responsible when I talk about it as I am not a model, I am a role model. I can’t make a comment loosely in the case of an issue as sensitive as this. As much as it’s a sweet feeling (to donate sperm), it’s a dangerous precedent, as the concept of designer babies have started happening. So now you can start tailor-making your children the way you want them to be. It is a very emotional decision … these decisions cannot be taken lightly," he explains.