Greg Rutherford wants two more children after he marries fiancee Susie Verrill
Olympic champ and dad-of-two Greg Rutherford says he wants even more kids after tying the knot with his long-term girlfriend next year.
The London 2012 hero revealed he and fiancée Susie Verrill, 30, would love at least two more siblings for Milo, four, and Rex, 23 months.
But first the couple – who got engaged last month at the top of a mountain in Phoenix, Arizona – have a wedding to plan.
Greg, 32, said they hope to return to Arizona for their big day – and intend to keep it an intimate affair with just 40 or 50 close friends and family.
He said: “We are incredibly excited. We’re leaning towards Arizona because it’s a place we love and you can almost guarantee the weather.
“Then after that, it might be on to child number three.
“We’ve always wanted three or four children at least. I absolutely love being a family man and I’m so thrilled I’m getting the chance to do that.”
But the retired long jump star was quick to stress parenthood doesn’t always match the picture-perfect images that many celeb mums and dads post on Instagram .
He said: “Guys aren’t always keen to talk about what’s going on when it’s a little bit tough, but if you do you realise it’s the same for everybody.
“For me I have found it difficult with Susie being the boys’ main carer – in that they were both breastfed for quite a long time – Rex still is.
“So if Rex is upset he will want to go to Susie rather than myself. You never want to complain because what mothers have to go through is really quite tough, but I’ve felt at times the kids aren’t as bonded with myself and it’s difficult.”
He recalled the first traumatic evening when Susie went out when Rex was 10 months old.
“Rex just absolutely lost the plot. He screamed and screamed and screamed for hours. It was relentless. He didn’t stop.
“I did the very best I could, but you find yourself getting quite emotional. You can feel quite useless at times.”
He also spoke about the difficulties of being away from home for long periods as an athlete – and revealed he missed both Milo’s first words and first steps.
And Greg, who is backing WaterWipes’s new #DadDates campaign aimed at encouraging dads to discuss their parenting struggles openly with friends, joked kids could also be a great passion killer in relationships.
He said: “I’d actually had Susie’s engagement ring for more than a year before I proposed. Every time I planned to do it something always went wrong.
“The kids were there and one of them would throw a tantrum and there was never a perfect time.”
Eventually he enlisted the help of his best mate and fellow retired Olympian pole vaulter Steve Lewis – who looked after Greg’s sons for half a day to give him time alone with Susie.
He said he also loved spending time alone with just Steve – when they go hiking and share their parenting troubles.
* Greg Rutherford has partnered with WaterWipes on #DadDates as part of #ThisIsParenthood, a project that aims to encourage more open and honest conversations about parenthood across the globe. Join in the conversation via #ThisIsParenthood and watch the documentary here
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