Frank is apparently delighted to have another man in a house where he has been surrounded by women – his two daughters from a previous relationship, plus his two-year-old daughter with Christine, Patricia.
There’s even their dog, Minnie.
Christine, 42, who succeeds Lorraine Kelly today as Lorraine host for a month, says: “Frank is very, very used to being completely, totally outnumbered.
“He’s going to work for the men’s company and then back home, it’s completely feminine and that’s what it has been for a long time. He was very excited when we found out we were going to have a boy.
“Having said that, we were absolutely convinced that we were going to have a daughter. We just didn’t think boys would ever be in our world. But he loves it, just by saying the words “boy” and “son” it’s almost like a foreign language to us. “
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But it’s not just a new language Christine has to face now, she is raising a son with Frank, who scored 147 goals as a midfielder for Chelsea, the club that sacked him as manager in January. .
It looks like Freddie already has his father’s right goal, hitting his target during diaper changes.
She says, “I have peed so many times. And I’m not weird about that, but just the body parts, you’re like ‘Oh my God.’ I’m so used to feminine songs, and all of a sudden I’m lifting things up. It’s a big change.
“But it’s great. He is a very happy little being, so far, fortunately.
“Freddie has integrated perfectly into our life. He is very easy going and just sit there and watch and smile a lot. Really, this is it. He’s just brilliant.
“And Patricia has been very good to him as well. She was very loving. So life hasn’t changed at all for her, which is just as well.
“So we feel very, very blessed with him, I have to say. I don’t take anything for granted.
Christine was delighted to bring a “masculine energy” to the London mansion she shares with Frank, whose daughters Luna, 15, and Isla, 14, came from her relationship with Elen Rivas.
Christine admits that she has long wondered if she would ever have children, admitting that she didn’t feel made for the stress of being a mother.
But after being married to Frank for three years, they found they expected Patricia and Christine’s life to change. Now she’s swapped luxury romantic city breaks with Frank for more family-friendly ones.
She said, “We were talking about ‘Can we get away from it all this weekend? And all of a sudden you’re like, “Well, maybe we should try Peppa Pig World.” If you had told me about it five years ago, I would have said, ‘What?’ I couldn’t think of a bigger form of hell.
“And now I’m the one who’s excited. So everything changes, you just strive to see little smiles on their faces, that’s basically what I spend my life doing. Your whole life is really about making sure they are happy, healthy, and healthy.
With teens, a toddler and a newborn, Christine and Frank have plenty to juggle, but are they thinking of expanding their blended family?
She said, “No, I don’t think so.
“Freddie was a nice little surprise. To be honest, I think I’m done with the surprises. I think we’re very lucky to have them both.
“We are very satisfied, we really are. “
She is also perfectly satisfied with the “bumps and bumps” that come with motherhood.
She put on the 3rd during her first pregnancy and says: “Having had two now in less than three years, your body is changing 100%.
“Strangely, I don’t know if it’s a question of age or lack of time, but I care less now than ever.
“I will never be a model parading on a catwalk for Victoria’s Secret. So who really cares? I feel pretty strong about it.
“I think a lot of girls can put a lot of pressure on themselves – you have to give your body time to heal. I think it’s a lot more of a traumatic thing that has happened to you than you realize.
“So I’m very happy to take the time I have left before I even consider trying to get on the treadmill. “
For now, she is focusing her attention on her new work on Lorraine.
And although she’s been in the business for almost two decades, Christine admits she feels nervous about returning to television.
She says, “I’m nervous at the best of times, it never, ever left me.”
“I’ve been doing this for a long time and there literally doesn’t happen a day that I couldn’t tell I’m really nervous until I get on TV.”
“I think, when you’ve gone a bit and you have to come back to it, no doubt there will be nerves.” It’s beautiful because I know the show so well and the crew behind the scenes are so awesome.
“I feel very lucky. “
She also has the support of the die-hard girl squad, thanks to her Ladies Loose Women and their WhatsApp.
She said, “You should see our cat!” There is a bit of nastiness. I am really lucky. I have the best selection of women around me, really.
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