Take That’s Howard Donald ‘really struggling’ with becoming dad again in his 50s

Take That singer Howard Donald has opened up about becoming a father once more while in his 50s.

British singer says he found the experience both mentally and physically draining.

Howard said: "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."

Not stopping there, Robbie Williams' former bandmate continued to Absolute Radio: "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 50's to have young children.”

Howard has four children, two of whom he had in his 50s with wife Katie Halil.

The duo met while filming the 2008 Marks and Spencer Christmas advert.

They started dating in 2010 before marrying in 2015.

Howard and Katie welcomed their first son Bowie in 2016 before their second son, Dougie Bear, was born in February 2017.

His 15-year-old daughter Lolo from a previous relationship has just moved into the family home he shares with Katie.

During the candid chat, Howard admitted he still feels guilt over the breakdown of his previous relationship.

The singer said: "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."

He continued: “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."

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