Dermot O’Leary declares fatherhood the best
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Dermot O’Leary declares fatherhood the best Feeling’

“My world has changed:” Dermot O’Leary says fatherhood is his ‘best feeling’, but admits it is hard to be away from Kasper (14 months) for work.

He welcomed his son Kasper with wife Dee Koppang 14 months ago.

And Dermot O’Leary has gushed that being a father is the ‘best feeling in the world’ and that his life ‘has shifted’ since his arrival.

The presenter, 48, – who is about to host this year’s Soccer Aid – said that being up in Manchester for the project for three days is one of the longest periods of time he will have ever been away from his little one.

Sweet: Dermot O'Leary has gushed that being a father is the 'best feeling in the world' and that his life 'has shifted' since son Kasper's arrival (pictured with wife Dee)

Sweet: Dermot O’Leary has gushed that being a father is the ‘best feeling in the world’ and that his life ‘has shifted’ since son Kasper’s arrival (pictured with wife Dee)

Talking to The Mirror he said: ‘All the cliches are true, I mean like the love you feel and all of that. It’s wonderful, it is the best feeling in the world and he is young enough for me not to go through massive worries yet. 

‘I think you always want to be around as much as possible. I would struggle to take a gig for three away weeks now. But you would try to work around it. 

‘My world has shifted now though. This has been the longest I’ve been away from him for a while. And that’s fine, but if I’m at home. Then, we’ll make sure that myself or Dee (his wife) are able to get up with him and have breakfast.’

Love: The presenter, 48, - who is about to host this year's Soccer Aid - said that being up in Manchester for the project for three days is one of the longest periods of time he will have ever been away from his little one

Love: The presenter, 48, – who is about to host this year’s Soccer Aid – said that being up in Manchester for the project for three days is one of the longest periods of time he will have ever been away from his little one 

He added that luckily the pair both work from home so they see a lot of him during the day and that he makes sure he finishes work at five for bath and play time.   

Dermot went on to explain how being in lockdown when he was born last year gave him an ‘extended paternity leave’ which he is grateful for now work has returned. 

Back in April Dermot revealed the enforced stay-at-home order was a ‘blessing’ for the usually hectic star as it meant he got to spend more time with his family.

Speaking to heat magazine, The X Factor host added that he had been shocked at just how quickly his son was growing as he gushed over life as a father.  

Smitten: Dermot and Dee first met in 2002 when they worked for the same TV production company and married in 2012 (pictured in February 2020)

Smitten: Dermot and Dee first met in 2002 when they worked for the same TV production company and married in 2012 (pictured in February 2020)  

He mused: ‘The last year has been a s**t show but you’ve got to take your blessings where you can and having work and a child in lockdown means I’ve been able to spend time at home with the baby, more than I would have, which is lovely’.  

Despite spending as much time as possible with his son, Dermot confessed he was shocked at how quickly his little one is developing.  

‘The total unconditional love didn’t surprise me at all and I’ve loved being on admin duty and kitchen duty for the first couple months,’ he began.  

Cute: Talking to The Mirror he said: 'All the cliches are true, I mean like the love you feel and all of that'

Cute: Talking to The Mirror he said: ‘All the cliches are true, I mean like the love you feel and all of that’

‘A lot of people said you won’t really get much out of the first few months but actually that’s bulls**t because you get loads because you’re just staring at this thing you’ve got this incredible love for, and sure you’re getting nothing back, but that doesn’t matter because that’s part of the deal. 

‘It’s just how quickly the time goes that takes me back the most. They’re all great stages – everyone keeps telling me that the next stage is the best.’ 

As well as caring for his baby boy, Dermot also revealed he has been spending lockdown trying to learn Norwegian for his wife Dee – who hails from Norway.  

Dermot and Dee first met in 2002 when they worked for the same TV production company and got engaged in New York in December 2011, tying the knot the following year.  

Dermot returns to host the TV coverage of Soccer Aid on Saturday night, and he will be joined by new touchline reporter Alex Scott and pundit Maya Jama.

The Soccer Aid for UNICEF match will air live on ITV and via ITV Hub at 6.30pm. 

Footie: Dermot returns to host the TV coverage of Soccer Aid on Saturday night, and he will be joined by new touchline reporter Alex Scott and pundit Maya Jama

Footie: Dermot returns to host the TV coverage of Soccer Aid on Saturday night, and he will be joined by new touchline reporter Alex Scott and pundit Maya Jama

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Publited Sat, 4 Sep 2021 at 00:01.27 +0000

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