Love Island’s Theo Campbell has revealed that he ‘wasn’t expecting’ to become a father at his age as he discusses becoming a parent for the first time.
The reality star, 29, welcomed a son called Aries with influencer Sapphire Yhnell in February, with the pair – who are no longer together – keeping the entire pregnancy a secret.
Theo said that he had thought he’d wait until he was ’35 or 36′ before having children but that being a dad ‘isn’t as scary as he thought it would be’.
Honest: Love Island’s Theo Campbell has revealed that he ‘wasn’t expecting’ to become a father at his age as he discusses becoming a parent for the first time
Speaking on FUBAR Radio with hosts Bobby Norris and Brooke Odun, he opened up about his son as well as confirming his appearance on the upcoming series of Ex On The Beach.
Discussing finding out he was going to be a father he said: ‘Do you know what? I wasn’t expecting it at first. I’ve always said, I was going to wait until I was 35, 36 and then just knock out three in a row.
‘But it’s not as scary as I thought. I thought it was the hardest thing in the world, the scariest thing, the biggest thing. It is the biggest thing, but it’s not that hard. It’s not that scary, you know?’
From reality TV to nappies! Theo shot to fame on the 2017 series of Love Island in Mallorca
The star kept the pregnancy a complete secret until the birth, something which ‘wasn’t easy’, but admitted that he’s pleased he was able to do so.
He said: ‘We found out the birth, the sex of the baby. Then I started telling people maybe a month after that. There’s two options, you either like say it from the beginning and then maybe do like a baby, the gender reveal and all that. Or just wait.’
He continued: ‘Because we went in to see what the sex was, and we were like, ‘it’s been this long now, might as well keep it a little secret’. Because I feel like, I don’t get to keep any secrets in my life.
Baby mama: The reality star, 29, welcomed a son called Aries with influencer Sapphire Yhnell (pictured) in February, with the pair – who are no longer together – keeping the entire pregnancy a secret
‘You know, everything I’ve ever done, well not ever done, but most things I do and stuff people know about it and that. So when it comes to big stuff.’
Theo went on to explain that Sapphire, who is also mum to five-year-old son Tai, lives with their son in Wales.
He said: ‘My baby, he lives in Wales and I live in London. So on Sunday’s I have to travel 130 miles, about two hours.’
The star has taken to fatherhood well and couldn’t hide his excitement when talking about his favourite things about being a parent.
Feeling blessed: Theo announced the surprising news on Instagram in February as he shared a snap leaving hospital with his little one
He said: ‘It’s like making them laugh, yeah. Like little things like, you know, waking up in the morning and he’s there like staring at you, waiting for you to wake up, making little noises, trying to wriggle about. Little sweet things like that, little thing I’ve never even thought about before.’
Theo is making the difficult decision to leave behind his son when he flies out to take part in MTV’s Ex On The Beach.
He had been rumoured to be a part of but has now confirmed he is, saying: ‘I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say about it at the moment. You’ve got your NDAs and stuff.’
He revealed that he was ‘supposed to start two weeks ago’ but filming has now been delayed, but he is keeping his ‘fingers crossed’ that it will happen soon.
Exciting: He also shared a video to his social media which showed him having a listen to Sapphire’s stomach as they awaited Aries arrival