Ryan Thomas has admitted he is finding fatherhood "intense" as he celebrates his first Father's Day as a dad-of-two.
The 36 year old welcomed his first second child — and first with fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh — in March.
Speaking about his experience of raising son Roman, who was born just weeks before lockdown started in the UK.
None of Ryan's family, including brothers Adam and Scott, have been able to meet Roman yet, with him previously joking it will be similar to The Lion King when the tot makes his first trip to Manchester.
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He said: "It's supposed to be one of the most special and memorable times of your life, and all of this feels so surreal.
"It's felt quite intense not being able to have anyone else to hold the baby even for 10 minutes while you have a cup of tea.
"We've really taken to looking after Roman like a military operation with no distractions, so it's been great in that sense.
"We've been able to get into a real routine, which I don't think would've been possible with people coming round all the time.
"We're lucky to have FaceTime and we can connect in that way and we try to make the best of a tough situation.
"You've got to appreciate the bigger picture and try to stay safe. And I think about the single parents doing this on their own and I feel so lucky that me and Lucy have each other."
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He added to Fabulous magazine: "I was young and naive when I had Scarlett and I didn't really appreciate it the way I do now. I have a different outlook now.
"But, you know, there's no right or wrong time for parenthood. It happens and you learn to be a father and do the right thing.
"I'm just at a very different place in my life compared to back then – it was 11 years ago, and so in a lot of ways this feels like the first time all over again."
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Former The Only Way Is Essex star Lucy has wished Ryan a happy Father's Day by sharing a number of gorgeous photos of him with their son.
In one post to her 1.7million Instagram followers, she wrote: "The best daddy to our beautiful boy," alongside a blue love heart emoji.
She also shared a glimpse of their celebrations, posting a photo of blue balloons, three cupcakes with sparklers, an adorable drawing by his daughter Scarlett and a pair of socks featuring Roman's face.
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