Ferne McCann is utterly loved-up when OK! catches up with her. “I’ve got a big nervous grin,” she laughs when we ask about her new boyfriend Albie Gibbs, 25.
The pair, who are yet to move in together, have been dating since last year after first meeting in Dubai back in December 2018.
In fact, Ferne’s so besotted, that she even jokes that her ITVBe reality show First Time Mum – now in its fifth series – may need a name change.
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“The name will have to change when I decide to have my second child because then I’ll be a second-time mum,” says Ferne, who already has daughter Sunday, two. Does that mean plans to expand her family are on the horizon? “I’d absolutely love to have more children and grow my family,” she tells OK!, adding, “When you’re turning 30 it’s definitely a time in your life when you start to think about settling down.”
Here, Ferne, 29, tells us how she’s entertaining herself and Sunday at home, what we can expect from her new series and why Albie is the one…
Are we going to see your boyfriend Albie in the new series of First Time Mum?
I talk about him loads but he doesn’t want to be in the public eye and I respect that. I actually find that super attractive. He has a professional job [city trader] and he’s not about the [celebrity] life, but I told him you’ve also got to understand that your girlfriend is in the public eye, so we’ve had to find a compromise.
You recently said you can now imagine yourself parenting with someone. Has that changed because of Albie?
Being a single parent, I’ve always said I can’t imagine parenting with someone else because that’s not been my experience so far. But being so in love with Albie, I do feel like he’s the one. He’s such an amazing guy. When you’re in love with someone, you think about the future and getting married and having more children, and he has definitely made me feel like that. We haven’t spoken about it, but me being me, I’m like, “Yeah, we’re going to get married and have children,” and he doesn’t even bat an eyelid. He’s like, “Alright, Ferne!” He’s made me see a hopeful future. I’m happy.
Has Albie met Sunday?
I’ve been with him for a good few months and he’s met Sunday because she’s with me all the time. We’ve also been on the same holidays. We both went to Dubai for New Year a couple of years ago and he first met her there.
Have you settled into your new house well?
Yes, in this series you’ll see me move into my house. It was a really big deal for me. My flat was my safe haven, but I’m blessed I have this gorgeous house and garden so Sunday can get some fresh air. It’s surrounded by epic countryside. I’ve oddly got into birdwatching. I’ve even got a bird feeder and binoculars!
How are you coping with self-isolating?
My mum has moved in with me for the next few weeks, which I’m so grateful for. I’m not a materialistic person – I don’t have a watch or designer stuff – but I’ve worked hard and I’ve always wanted a hot tub so I got one. So me, my mum and Sunday have had a wonderful time self-isolating in the tub! All my work has been cancelled for the foreseeable future and being self-employed that is worrying, but everyone’s in the same boat so I have to look at the positives.
How have you been entertaining Sunday?
She’s in the thick of the terrible twos and I’m sure I’ll be pulling my hair out soon, but we’ve become very creative. We’ve got the paints out, we’re making mud pies and crafting things with cardboard. I’m still filming series five, which has been crazy, but we’re nearly finished and we just need to get the show over the line while following the government’s instructions. I have a little studio separate to my house so I’m just doing my bits to camera and tying up the loose ends.
How’s your prolapsed bladder now?
It’s not 100 per cent fixed but I’ve seen a huge improvement. I can now go for a run with ease without having the fear that I’m going to p**s my pants! The runs have been so good for clearing my head.
First Time Mum returns Wednesday 15 April, 9pm on ITVBe
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