Dustin Lance Black has hit back after he was told ''two blokes can't bring a baby up''.

The 43-year-old filmmaker - who is expecting a baby boy with his husband Tom Daley via a surrogate - insisted there are ''different kinds of families out there in the world'' and praised his ''strong mother'' for raising him single handedly.

When one listener told him, ''I don't think two blokes can bring a baby up, you need the mother there'', he responded: ''There's all different kinds of families out there in the world and for many many different reasons, some more tragic than others.

''Children are raised by single parents all the time, and those children, I'd like to claim myself as one who was raised by a single mother for some difficult reasons. I think I had a very strong mother who raised me incredibly well and I think, you know. Will it be important that our son meet women in his life? Absolutely, absolutely and that will be there, it would be wrong to deprive a child of that and frankly bizarre and probably impossible.''

And Dustin says he and Tom will face ''some real legal challenges'' if they are to bring their baby up in the United Kingdom.

Speaking on BBC Radio Five Live, he added: ''If I ever wanted to be truly loathed by this nation, I would take Tom away from this nation. We would like to raise our son here and because of that we are going to face some real legal challenges. It would be a much easier path if we decided to raise our son in the US but this country is home for us. We will take the more difficult path of raising our son here.''