Ben Foden has praised his ex-wife Una Healy for raising their ‘sweet and tender’ children after their divorce in 2018.
The professional rugby player, 36, shares Tadgh, 6, and Aoife, 9, with former members of The Saturday Band, 40, and claims it is thanks to him that they turned out so well.
He told The Mirror: ‘I always take my hat off to Una. She’s raised kids on her own for the past few years, and they’re great kids, very loving and gentle, and intelligent too – and they definitely don’t get that from me.
‘They certainly don’t understand it from me!’ Ben Foden praises his ex-wife Una Healy for raising their ‘sweet and tender’ children after their divorce in 2018 (pictured in 2018)
‘I want them to get into music and acting. He did an ad for McDonald’s with Una and was very good at it.’
Ben tied the knot with his second wife Jackie Smith Foden in 2019 after two weeks of marriage and welcomed their daughter Farah the following year.
He continued: ‘Jackie is obsessed with Farah, she has changed her whole outlook on life. And she is a wonderful stepmother to the other two.’
Ben is set to compete with professional partner Robin Johnstone in the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice, which begins Sunday.
Exes: Shares professional rugby players Tadgh, 6, and Aoife, 9, with former The Saturday Band member, 40, and claims it is thanks to him that they turned out so well (pictured in 2017) )
Love Islander set to compete on the new series is Liberty Poole, 21, BMX Olympic silver medalist Kay White, 22, Paul Gascoigne’s son Regan Gascoigne, 25, The Vamps’ Connor Ball, 25, rugby star Ben and Paralympian Steph Reid, 37 Huh.
Other celebrities attending included presenter Rhea Hebden, 38, pop star and actress Kimberly Wyatt, 39, professional dancer Brendan Cole, 45, and Happy Monday dancer Baez, 57.
Currently, Brendan is tipped as the favorite to win the show with an odds of 3-1 according to Coral.
Family: He said: ‘I always give my hat to Una. She has raised the children on her own for the past few years, and they are great children, very loving and gentle, and intelligent too’ (pictured with Tadgh, 6, and Aoife, 9)
Regan is a 4-1 second favorite with the show starting this weekend, with Liberty and Kimberly tied 5-1 in third.
Brendan will take to the ice with veteran pro Vanessa, who was previously crowned series champion alongside Jake Quickenden.
This year’s celeb contestants will make their debut on the ice at the live launch show this Sunday, with ITV hoping there will be fewer injuries than last year’s chaotic series.
The 2021 series stars Dennis Van Outen, Billy Fiers and Jason Donovan all forced to withdraw after injury, the contestants were forced to form a ‘bubble’ with their partners due to the Covid restrictions and it was called Live was filmed without an audience.
Loved: Ben tied the knot with his second wife Jackie Smith Foden in 2019 after two weeks of marriage and welcomed their daughter Farah the following year
For the first time in the show’s history both reserved contestants were to be used as three celebrities were forced to withdraw and two tested positive for the virus.
Denise, 47, suffered the injury in the second week, when she suffered three fractures and a partially dislocated shoulder.
Billy, 31, became the second to pull out of competition after suffering a head injury during training, while Australian actor Jason, 53, was also forced to leave the show in the sixth week of the show with a back injury.
The series suffered another setback as comedian Rufus Hound, 42, Joe-Warren Plante, 19, and his professional partner Vanessa Bauer, 25, all contracted COVID-19.
The new series of Dancing on Ice premieres on Sunday, January 16 at 6.30 pm on ITV.
Coming soon: Dance on Ice starts Sunday, January 16th at 6.30pm on ITV
Dancing on Ice 2022: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: olympic bmx rider
Kai says: ‘I would love to see if I can make it to the finals as I am very competitive.’
Rachel says, ‘It feels really real now, it’s really happening. I am very excited, obviously very nervous.
Profession: love island star
Liberty says: ‘I sometimes ice skate as a hobby so I can go around the rink but I can’t do any tricks’
Steph says: ‘I’m going to be a contestant on Dancing on Ice and it’s a little scary but I can’t wait!’
Regan says: ‘I love to dance but that’s the skill of it. I’ve always wanted to do. Always! Ever since I was a kid!’
profession: Pussycat Doll Singer
kimberly says: ‘I’m just excited to see what I can do there. I’m up for a challenge!’
Brendan says: ‘I know I have been doing the show for a long time and I want to make a debut, I am very excited to be on the show.’
Profession: Rugby player
Ben says: ‘I love the idea of learning a new sport and a new skill. I am also very competitive.
Profession: Coronation Street Actress
Sally says: ‘It’s a big challenge. I’m so scared! I just want to take advantage of every opportunity.
Profession: happy Monday
beige says: ‘I am always up for a challenge and am already training on the ice.’
Riya says: ‘Learning a new scary skill would be awesome.’
profession: The Vamps Bassist
connor says: ‘I’m obviously excited but I’m really nervous. I am very clumsy, accident prone.