Westlife star Bryan McFadden was named Celebrity Dad Of The Year today – and said he did not deserve it.
“I don’t know why I won it when there were dads like Bob Geldof, Tony Blair and David Beckham up for it,” the 23-year-old father of two said.
“Maybe Tony Blair deserved it for what he’s done for the country, or David Beckham for what he’s done for English football. I’m just like any young dad though.”
But the singer said he was “proud and honoured” to receive the award, sponsored by Epson, and to follow in the footsteps of his wife, former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona, who won the Celebrity Mum Of The Year award in 2002.
The boy band veteran bashfully admitted that he was “a good dad really” and did his share of the looking after of Molly, one and a half, and Lilly Sue, four months.
“I do change nappies and I get up in the night to see Molly. Kerry feeds Lilly at night. I just can’t stand waking up for half an hour trying to persuade her to feed,” he said.
Being a father has given the singer a new lease of life he explained.
“When you come off stage and you’re knackered and you want to go home you realise what you’re doing this for,” he said.
The celebrity dad also had some advice, father to father, for David Beckham, telling him not to play football in Spain for his family’s sake.
“It’s going to be a big change in their life. I don’t know if Victoria would want to be there.
“I can’t imagine the Beckhams learning Spanish,” he added.
Epson marketing communications manager Jane Barnard presented Bryan with the award at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
She said: “Bryan McFadden’s image as a family man has clearly left an imprint on the public’s mind. They obviously see that Bryan is a great role model and really good dad and that he deserves to win this award.”
She said Epson were pleased to support the singer’s chosen charity, Children At Risk In Ireland.
More than 20,000 votes were cast on the Epson website over the past five weeks. The top 10 final rankings were:
Bryan McFadden (25%); Tony Blair (19%); David Beckham (15%); Sir Bob Geldof (7%); Jamie Oliver (6%); Ian Wright (6%); Jono Coleman (6%); Eamonn Holmes (4%); Neil Fox (4%); Ronan Keating (2%); various others (6%).