Brian McFadden has revealed he is planning to become a father for the fourth time as he hopes to have another child with his fiancee Danielle Parkinson.
The former Westlife singer, 42, and his gym teacher partner welcomed their daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago and plan to use a fertile egg from treatment to try again in the next few months.
The star declared “we’ll probably wait a few more months,” and described fatherhood as “the most incredible experience of my life.”
‘We’ll try in a few months’: Brian McFadden, 42, has revealed he is hoping for a fourth child with fiancee Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepare to start IVF again
In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19, with ex-wife Kerry Katona.
He and Danielle were finally able to welcome their first child, Ruby, together after undergoing IVF treatment and suffering two miscarriages in the process.
Chatting to FUBAR Radio this week, the singer detailed his plans to become a father for the fourth time, explaining: “Yes absolutely we had IVF treatments to have Ruby.
“We had four fertile eggs, the first two were implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third and the fourth is the strongest. We’ll probably wait a few more months and then try the last egg.’
Parents: The couple gave birth to daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago
Try again: “We had four fertile eggs, the first two were implanted and they miscarried, Ruby was the third and the fourth is the strongest. We’ll probably wait a few more months and then we’ll try the last egg.
Noting the 19-year age difference between his youngest and eldest daughter, Brian admitted he now has more time to be a hands-on dad – sharing that he “misses so much” of Molly and Lilly’s childhood have.
“She is [Ruby] amazing she is amazing obviously i have three girls. But Molly and Lilly are twenty-one and nineteen, and when I had them both I was at Westlife, so I didn’t have time.
“We didn’t facetime or video calls back then, so I missed so much of them, their first steps, their first words, I missed so much of that,” he explained.
Doting dad: In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lilly-Sue, 19, with ex-wife Kerry Katona
Brian gushed, “It was just the most incredible experience of my life and I wake up every morning so excited to see it.”
Continuing: “I see absolutely everything with Ruby, I’m with her pretty much every day, she comes everywhere and when she’s not coming I can Facetime and talk to her and see her.
“It was just the most incredible experience of my life and I wake up every morning so excited to see it.”
Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency C-section in May 2021, with the gym teacher previously sharing that she would receive “all the pain relief” if she welcomed another child.
Chat with OK! Last year, she explained that the gas and air “didn’t touch the sides” and that if she had another child she would have “epidural” and “all the pain relief.”
Explaining her recent birth, she continued, “There was a queue for the theater so I had to go through these labor pains which were awful. I was in so much pain and desperate for pain relief.”
Family: Brian and Danielle welcomed Ruby via emergency C-section in May 2021, with the gym teacher previously sharing she would have “all the pain relief” if she welcomed another child.
While focusing on parenthood, Brian and Danielle also tried to tie the knot – with their wedding anniversary postponed three times.
Brian explained on Fubar Radio: “We got married in South Africa when the first wave of the pandemic hit, so we had to cancel because everyone was in lockdown. Then everything was lifted and we had to go back into lockdown so we canceled it again.
He continued: “The third time we were told we could go to South Africa and get married, but South Africa was on the red list so we would all have to be in hotel quarantine over the summer holidays…
“That would be a sexy honeymoon, wouldn’t it? Be in a beautiful vineyard in Africa and then spend two weeks in a Holiday Inn at Gatwick Airport and have margherita pizzas shoved under your door. No thank you.’
The couple is now scheduled to tie the knot in 2023, two years later than originally planned.
How does IVF work?
In vitro fertilization, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already fertilized egg placed in her uterus to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is placed in the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should proceed normally.
The procedure can be performed using eggs and sperm from a couple or from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that IVF should be offered under the NHS to women under the age of 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for the past two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
According to the NHS, success rates for women under 35 are around 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle decreasing with age.
It is believed that around eight million babies have been born as a result of IVF since the very first case, British Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman being treated and the cause of infertility (if known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is not usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are considered too low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 percent for women under 35
23 percent for women aged 35 to 37
15 percent for women aged 38 to 39
9 percent for women aged 40 to 42
3 percent for women aged 43 to 44
2 percent for women over 44