TOWIE legend Mario Falcone has revealed he'll swap marriage for a second baby if he's forced to cancel his wedding for a third time.
The reality-star-turned trader, 32, is hoping to tie the knot with fiancée Becky Meisner, 30, in June.
Earlier this year they revealed their heartache at delaying their Italian wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The couple had already cancelled their big day once before when Becky fell pregnant with their son Parker, one.
But Mario, who has just been named an ambassador for PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide, is keen to expand his family if their plans are thwarted again.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, he said: "No one knows what is going to happen. I didn’t imagine that we’d be in a situation where we are looking at another lockdown.
“Hopefully we’re talking next June, but we’ll just see what happens. I think we’re in the mindset if June doesn’t happen we’ll just cancel it for a few years, have baby two, because obviously that’s on hold at the moment. Probably focus on making baby two, which is more fun than the wedding [laughs].”
“People are in a much worse situation than a wedding, so it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.”
Fatherhood has been both massively rewarding and challenging for Mario, with sleepless nights in the early months as a parent proving particularly tough.
Despite the hard times, Mario believes he's in a good place to go through it all again.
“We’d be more prepared, but the thought of doing it again is daunting. I’ve always said two is the magic number for us."
Throughout his career Mario has been open about his struggles with anxiety and depression.
At his lowest point seven years ago he attempted to take his own life after splitting from ex Lucy Mecklenburgh.
His partnership with PAPYRUS will raise awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to seek help and share their issues.
And the new role as an ambassador has also opened Mario's eyes to the shockingly young age at which children can be affected by mental health issues.
"When I found out there was suicide in kids like eight years old, that’s six years older than Parker, and that’s really, really sad," said Mario.
“I feel like hopefully with Parker’s generation, because people like myself have grown up with mental health and experienced it, we’re going to be encouraging our kids to talk a lot more, and hopefully his generation will be where mental health is as commonly spoken about as the cold."
Mario believes social media has played a large part in the increase of mental health issues among young people as it allows bullying to continue beyond the school gates.
He added: “I think society now is generally nastier – it’s a lot more vindictive now than when we were younger.
“When Papyrus spoke to me and said kids as young as eight, I couldn’t speak – what could be happening to make them feel that the only way is out is to take your life? That is crazy. It breaks my heart even if its kids I don’t know.
“If someone was bullying Parker. I would do a 20 stretch. I can’t fathom it in my mind; it scares the hell out of me.
“The world’s developed into a much nastier place in the last five or ten years, it’s just whether that changes or it gets worse.”
Mario is returning to Towie for an episode of the show's 10th anniversary series, and he'll have Parker in tow.
He is keen for viewers to see the transformation from lothario to devoted family man.
“They all saw me be a bit of a d**k on Towie most of the time," he admitted. "I think it’s nice for people to see the transition, and it will inspire others with mental health stuff to see me at my low and see me now and how I’ve progressed as a man and a father. I like the aspect of it.
"Parker is the best thing that has ever happened to me and to show him off and show I’ve created a little human."
Mario is an ambassador for PAPYRUS, a national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.
They exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.
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