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Junior meets former Westlife star, father-of-one, Kian Egan: "I would love to have a daughter!"

Kian Egan, formerly of super pop boy band Westlife, gives us an insight into his family life, career ambitions and plans for the future as he embarks upon his solo music career

Posted: 21 March 2014
by Catherine Hudson

Kian Egan's debut solo album 'Home' is released March 17, 2014
Kian's son Koa can't get enough of dressing up as Buzz Lightyear
Kian's wife, Jodi Albert, and son, Koa, joined him on the set of his music video shoot
Kian loves to dress Koa as a surf dude
Captured on camera: The first time Koa went surfing
Junior's Catherine Hudson meets Kian

Singer Kian Egan, 33, is married to former Hollyoaks actress and singer Jodi Albert, 30. Together they have one son, Koa, 2 and live in Sligo, Ireland. Having recently been thrust back in to the spotlight after winning ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Kian releases his first solo album Home on St Patrick's day - March 17, 2014.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this solidly busy, except for in the very early days of Westlife. I am juggling three or four different things including being a judge on The Voice of Ireland, my solo album Home being released, and bits of TV presenting; all alongside being a dad. The thing is, you don’t know how long it’s going to last for, you don’t know what is around the corner, so I’m just taking it all in and saying 'thank you very much' – I’m a very lucky guy. 

My album Home was inspired by my family. When it came to choosing the songs they were all the ones that made me (almost) well up. I definitely feel like this album is a bit more me, a bit more rough and ready and not as polished and preened as some of the Westlife stuff was even though it’s not a million miles away from that either. I wanted songs that really portrayed me, who I am as a person. 

Jodi and I sing a duet on my album, which we never expected to do but then we aren’t really a closed book to anything. We don’t want to close any doors, just keep them all open and see what happens. If, when we release this, everyone goes nuts for it, we could do it again. Why not? Just wait and see...

Family and work life is hectic. For now we are just looking at what’s around the corner; what’s happening next week, or next month. I’ll take each week as it comes and make sure I have days off to see my little boy, be at home and have the mornings and evenings to spend with my family.

My wife is an incredible singer. The television show she is currently appearing in, The Big Reunion, isn’t necessarily about singing, it's more about the story of Girl Thing, the band she used to be a part of - what happened, the rehearsals, the arguing about the old days etc. It’s quite a high drama show and they don’t really sing that much. Singing for Jodi is something real and something she loves doing. I co-managed her girl band Wonderland and we both poured our hearts into it. They sold 80,000 copies of the album in the first six weeks and then, out of nowhere, the record label decided to drop it. You can’t look too far into the future, it’s just such a cut throat industry.

I would love, love, love to have a daughter! But then you always want what you haven’t got, so I’m sure having another little boy would be amazing too. I have a brother, four years older than me, and we are best pals. I also have a younger sister, so I know what it’s like on both sides. But for me and Jodi, having a girl would be amazing, I think either way would be great for Koa. 

But, we have no intention of stopping at two... Trust me, my poor wife will be falling apart by the time we are finished! Jodi is just so beautiful; her baby pictures are the best, big brown eyes, long brown hair, cute button nose, absolutely gorgeous. I just think, ‘I want one of you in mini, please!’ She looks at Koa and thinks he is a mini-me in a nutshell, so I’d obviously love to have nothing but her in a nutshell!

Having my son at my music video shoot leaves me speechless. I think in ten to fifteen years time, we might sit back and think ‘Did we really do all that?’. 

Having a child humbles you. I lost my dad a few years ago, before my own son was born. When you lose a parent, you ask yourself those big questions like, ‘why are we all here?’ and why are we doing this?', and having a child answers those questions. To raise and child, teach them good morals, make sure they have a good life and that they treat other people well; that’s what my dad did for me. 

We dress Koa like a little surfer dude, because that’s what I am, I’m the surfer in the family. When we are away from London, and in Ireland, the beach is what our life is all about. We love taking him surfing and hanging out with all the boys on the beach. I put him in his little baggies, his Vans and a Volcom T-shirt – it’s really cute! We are absolute surf fanatics.

Koa is a Hawaiian name. Because I surf, I used to go to Hawaii all the time. Surfboards are made from Koa wood – a Hawaiian tree – and we looked it up in a baby name book and it means 'bold, brave and fearless' in Hawaiian, so it was the obvious choice for us! Now we are in trouble because we have got to find a name a name as cool as Koa for our next baby. Maybe we’ll just have to go to Fiji for inspiration…

Listen to Kian's single Home online, now. Home, the album, is available from March 17, 2014

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