Rove McManus and Tasma Walton raising daughter free from gender stereotypes


Rove McManus’ actress wife Tasma Walton reveals that the couple are raising their daughter, Ruby, eight, to be free from gender stereotypes

Tasma Walton and Rove McManus have revealed that their young daughter is growing up without being forced to conform to stereotypical ideas about gender. 

The 48-year-old former Home and Away star shares eight-year-old Ruby with TV funnyman Rove McManus, who is also 48.

The couple, who have been married for 13 years, try to make their household free of ‘boy and girl’ stereotypes. 

Free range: Tasma Walton and Rove McManus have revealed that their young daughter Rudy, eight, is growing up without being forced to conform to stereotypical ideas about gender. Tasma is pictured in this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Free range: Tasma Walton and Rove McManus have revealed that their young daughter Rudy, eight, is growing up without being forced to conform to stereotypical ideas about gender. Tasma is pictured in this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine

Tasma tells this week’s Stellar Magazine that the idea was first sparked when a classmate told Ruby that blue was a ‘boy’s colour’. 

‘We’re telling our little girl, ‘That’s silly, isn’t it? Nobody has ownership of a colour. Anybody can like any colour they want” she said. 

‘The parents of little boys should be having those conversations, too,’ Tasma added. 

Forward thinking: The couple, who married in 2009, try to make their household free of 'boy and girl' stereotypes. Pictured together in 2018

Forward thinking: The couple, who married in 2009, try to make their household free of ‘boy and girl’ stereotypes. Pictured together in 2018

The star went on to explain that she doesn’t limit was kinds of toys or activities her daughter enjoys. 

‘It’s a fine line to walk between acknowledging the reality of the ‘guidelines’ we have in place in society, but also trying to give her the courage and excitement to know that she’s not bound by those perceived rules,’ she said. 

‘As the choices you make don’t hurt anybody else or any other living thing, then you can do and be whoever you want.’ 

Rove and his TV star wife, who grew up in Western Australia’s Geraldtown, tied the knot back in 2009, and the couple share one child. 

Family: Tasma tells this week's Stellar Magazine that the idea was first sparked when a classmate told Ruby that blue was a 'boy's colour'.  Pictured together in 2021

Family: Tasma tells this week’s Stellar Magazine that the idea was first sparked when a classmate told Ruby that blue was a ‘boy’s colour’.  Pictured together in 2021

The media personality is best known for his weekly evening talk show Rove Live on Network Ten.

The popular segment ran from 1999-2009 before he relocated to the US to host Rove LA on Fox8 from 2011 to 2012. 

He recently made a return to TV with guest spots on The Project. 

In 2020, the couple purchased a $2million home in Perth, after completing renovations on their $6.4million mansion in Sydney’s Bronte. 

Read more: In this week's issue of Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine

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