‘I just treat every day like Father’s Day because I am so grateful and blessed’: Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson says life with twins Chase and Phoebe Ray, five, and husband Carl Hyland gets more magical every year
Kieron Richardson says Father’s Day gets more magical each year after he welcomed his beloved twins with husband Carl Hyland five years ago.
The actor, 36 – who plays Ste Hay in Hollyoaks – and partner Carl are parents to Chase and Phoebe Ray via surrogate.
And the twins are especially treasured by the couple after the surrogate had to failed attempts before getting pregnant on the third.
Happy family: Kieron Richardson, 36, says Father’s Day gets more magical each year after he welcomed his beloved twins with husband Carl Hyland five years ago
Kieran told the Sunday People: ‘This is our fifth Father’s Day now and every year it just gets more magical.
‘The kids now are at an age where they’ve got their personalities. I just treat every day like Father’s Day because I am so grateful and blessed.
‘It’s about appreciating your parent and being thankful for everything that they do. Every day is a Father’s Day for us as it’s something we thought was unachievable.
Doting dads: The actor – who plays Ste Hay in Hollyoaks – and partner Carl are parents to Chase and Phoebe Ray via surrogate
‘I’m so grateful we have these two amazing kids in our lives and we can just give them the best upbringing that we could ever think.’
Kieron said he is looking forward to opening handmade cards and gifts from their children at home on Father’s Day.
The soap star came out as gay live on This Morning to host Phillip Schofield 12 years ago.
He married long-term partner Carl in April 2015 in a ceremony in the Peak District.
Proud to be himself: The soap star came out as gay live on This Morning to host Phillip Schofield 12 years ago
The couple announced they were expecting twins in December 2016 and they welcomed Chase and Phoebe Ray to their family in 2017.
When Kieron came out in 2010, his character on Hollyoaks was coming to terms with his own sexuality as he fell for bad boy Brendan Brady.
Carefully helping Kieron to come out in 2010, Phillip said to him: ‘Of course, this is on the telly and this is part of a character, but there are elements here that are in actual fact quite close to your life yourself. And what would they be?’
Kieron then revealed his truth as he responded: ‘The fact that I am gay in real life and at 20 years old I have kind of accepted it myself. Now I can finally relate to my character Ste, that he’s 20 and he’s going through things that I went through in my past.’
Phillip then added: ‘The people that know you will know that this is no great surprise there, because your friends know, your work colleagues know, you’ve had the conversation with your parents, but you’ve never actually said it out loud.’
Looking nervous, Kieron continued to say that during his time on Dancing On Ice, earlier that same year, bosses offered him the chance to reveal his sexuality on the show.
He declined as he didn’t want his personal life to over shadow his time in the competition.
Keiron said: ‘But now I feel that it’s relevant and the storyline is relevant to some situations in my life and if maybe I could help people who are going through the same thing, then it’s a bonus.’
Family affair: Kieron said he is looking forward to opening handmade cards and gifts from their children at home on Father’s Day