Howard Donald is Feeling like “a lot of guilt” about ex-partners to leave to look after his kids.
The star of taking That who js the father of 15-year-old Lola and 22-year-old Grace together with the previous two relationships and adding 5-year-old Bowie and 3-year-old Dougie with Katie Halil, his wife have now confessed his feelings about putting many things on her ex-partners by which she is uncomfortable.
The star shared: “I hold a lot of guilt. I hold a hell of a lot of guilt for leaving my ex-partners and leaving my child for them to look after.”
“Obviously though, I’ve not been one of these fathers that’s said, ‘Right, I’ve got a new partner, I don’t want anything to do with this now. I don’t want anything to do with that child.’ I’ve always been there, I’ve always felt so guilty about it, I’ve always been there for them.”
Howard told “Dave Berry’s Dadpod”: “I’ve been there, especially my daughter, because my second partner lived in Germany.”
“I used to go back and forwards to see Lola every two weeks and stay there for three nights and, in the beginning when I didn’t have an apartment, I was staying in a hotel for three nights and had to take my daughter to the hotel to stay there with her.”
Howard added: “I think, at 52, which is what I am, I’ve really struggled in the 50s being a father. I’ve actually really taken it physically and mentally, draining for me … I would advise to fathers who maybe already have children that may be in their teenage years, don’t do it. In (your) 50s don’t do it. That’s my personal experience.”
“I’m sure there’s people out there in their 50s that have found it a doddle, maybe they’ve got, you know, babysitters and nannies and stuff like that, maybe not. Maybe they’re really struggling as well, but, I’ve really struggled with it and I would never advise anyone in their 50s to have young children.”