Saturdays star Una Foden has revealed how the birth of their son, Tadhg, helped rugby player husband Ben get over a serious injury.
The couple, who already have a daughter, Aoife, celebrated his arrival earlier this month just as Ben Foden faced the prospect of surgery on a serious knee injury.
The 33-year-old singer told Hello! Magazine: ‘The lead up to the birth was so hard because at one point it looked like Ben was going in for surgery the week that I was due.’
She said: ‘I was heartbroken for Ben and a lot of tears were shed but we work as a team and the upside is that he’s been able to spend so much time with Tadhg.’
Ben said he ‘abandoned’ his wife as soon as his son arrived, saying: ‘I did my own check on him and cut the cord, as I had done with Aoife.
‘Again, that was an incredible experience. I held him for a while, then lifted him onto Una for that amazing skin-to-skin contact.’
He also explained why they gave him a traditional Irish name, saying:
‘We were going over names for ages and I’d suggested Ty, which I really liked, when Una said, “There’s an Irish name that’s very similar.”
‘As soon as she said it, I thought, “That’s cool.” With Una being Irish and Aoife having a traditional Irish name, it seemed fitting.’
Una said: ‘Tadhg is quite common in Ireland so when people go on about how hard it is to match the pronunciation with the spelling, I say
‘”Just think, every time you say it, you’re learning a new language and culture because you’re speaking a bit of Gaelic”.’
Una recently tweeted: ‘So so in love with our little son Tadhg. Thank you for all the lovely messages xx’.
Read the full interview in this week’s Hello! magazine.