Brian McFadden has revealed that he plans to become a father for the fourth time as he hopes to have another child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson.
The former Westlife singer, 42, and partner PE teacher welcomed their daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago, and plan to use a fertilized egg from the treatment to try again in the next few months.
“We’ll wait maybe a few more months,” the star explained, calling parenthood “the most amazing experience of my life.”
‘We’ll try in a few months’: Brian McFadden, 42, reveals he’s hoping to have a fourth child with fiancée Danielle Parkinson as the couple prepares to start IVF again
In addition to youngest daughter Ruby, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lily Sue, 19 with ex-wife Keri Katona.
He and Danielle were finally able to welcome their first child, Ruby, together after undergoing IVF treatment and experiencing two miscarriages during the procedure.
In a conversation on FUBAR Radio this week, the singer explained his plans to become a father for the fourth time, explaining: “Yes sure, we have IVF treatments to get Robbie.
We had four fertilized eggs, the first two implanted and aborted, Ruby was the third, and the fourth was the strongest. We’ll wait maybe a few more months and then we’ll try with the last egg.
Parents: The couple welcomed daughter Ruby via IVF just 18 months ago
He tried again: ‘We had four fertilized eggs, the first two were implanted and aborted, Ruby was the third, and the fourth was the strongest. We’ll wait maybe a few more months and then we’ll try with the last egg.”
Referring to the 19-year age gap between his younger and older daughters, Brian admitted he has more time to be a working dad now – noting that he ‘missed a lot’ from Molly and Lily’s childhoods.
‘she [Ruby] Amazing, it’s incredible, I obviously have three girls. But Molly and Lily are twenty-one and nineteen and when they had them, I was on Westlife, so I didn’t have time.
“We didn’t have FaceTime calls or video calls at the time, so I missed a lot of them, their first steps, their first words, I missed a lot of that,” he explained.
Doting dad: In addition to youngest daughter Robbie, Brian also shares Molly, 21, and Lily Sue, 19 with ex-wife Keri Katona
Brian burst out: “It was the most amazing experience of my life, and I wake up every morning so excited to see it”
He continued: “I see everything with Ruby just fine, I’m with her pretty much every day, she comes everywhere and if she doesn’t come, I can go to Facetime and I can talk to her and see her.
“It was the most amazing experience of my life, and I wake up every morning so excited to see it.”
Brian and Danielle welcomed Proby via an emergency C-section in May 2021, with the physical education teacher previously stating that if she was going to welcome another child, she would get “everything that relieves the pain.”
Chat yes! Last year, she explained that gas and air “don’t touch the sides” and that if she had another baby, she would get an “epidural” and “whatever pain relief.”
Explaining her recent birth, she continued, “There was a queue in the theater so I had to go through these contractions, which were horrible. I was in excruciating pain and desperate for any pain relief.
Family: Brian and Danielle welcomed Probe through a C-section in an emergency in May 2021, with the physical education teacher previously stating that if she were to welcome another child, she would get ‘all the painkillers’
While they were focused on parenting, Brian and Danielle also tried to tie the knot — with their wedding day postponed three times.
“We were getting married in South Africa and then the first pandemic wave hit, so we had to cancel because everyone was locked up,” Brian explained to Radio Fubar. Then everything was lifted and we had to go back to closed state, so we canceled it again.
He continued: “The third time, we were told we could go to South Africa and have the wedding, but South Africa was on the red list, so we will all have to go into hotel quarantine for the summer holidays…
This is going to be an exciting honeymoon, right? Be on a beautiful vineyard in Africa, then spend two weeks at the Holiday Inn in Gatwick for a Margherita pizza under the door. No thank you.’
The couple is now scheduled to say “I do” in 2023, two years later than originally planned.
How does IVF work?
In vitro fertilization, otherwise known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which an already fertilized egg is inserted into her uterus to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and the sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and fused in a laboratory before the embryo is introduced into the woman.
Once the fetus is in the uterus, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be performed using eggs and sperm from a married couple or from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have attempted pregnancy through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay privately for IVF, 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.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are around 29 per cent, with a successful cycle likely reducing as they age.
About eight million babies are believed to have been born through IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF is not usually recommended for women over 42 years of age because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be very low.
Between 2014 and 2016, the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29% for women under 35
23% for women between 35 and 37 years old
15% for women between 38 and 39 years old
9% for women aged 40 to 42
3 percent for women between 43 and 44 years old
2 percent for women over 44