Danny Miller is heading for the castle in a bid to win this year’s series of I’m a Celebrity and he’s explained his reasons for taking part in the show just days after welcoming his first child.
The 30-year-old actor, who is already favourite to win the crown on the ITV reality show, has defended heading into Gwrych Castle in north Wales for three weeks after his fiancee Steph Jones gave birth to their son Albert last month.
Danny, who getting married to Steph next year, says it was ‘almost an easy decison to make.’
Speaking on actonthis.tv/danny he said: “People might be like ‘oh god look at him leaving Steph to do this 10 days after the baby’s born, it’s well out of order.’
“Steph basically sat me down and said ‘look we’ve always wanted to be a mum and dad, we’ve always wanted to be together, we’re getting married next year.
“You’ve been given this opportunity. There will be so many people out there that would love to do this show.
“This is three weeks of my life at a point where Albert really isn’t going to remember me being there or not.”
Praising his partner he continued: “Steph’s doing amazing with breastfeeding, she’s an amazing mum.
“You wouldn’t tell that she’s had a child eight days ago.
“It gave me even more confidence to want to go to the castle and provide for the family and do that for them.
“I’m not going to have that three weeks but I’ll spend the rest of his life making that up to him.
“It will give me the money to be able to do things with him that I wouldn’t have been able to do five years ago.
“To sacrifice three weeks for Steph and the baby is almost an easy decision to make because I know Steph has got Albert’s back.”
He added: “If Steph was going away for three weeks we’d have a problem.
“I wouldn’t be able to do what Steph does.”
Danny, who has quit Emmerdale after playing Aaron Dingle on the long-running ITV show since October 2008, says Steph will be supported by both sets of parents while he’s in the castle.
“While she is on her own my mum and dad are amazing for her, they’ve got a great relationship with her mum and dad,” he said.
“They’ve got her back where I know I can go and do that show, get as far as I can in it and try and help give another career path for myself and my family next year.”
Former I’m a Celebrity winner and ex Emmerdale co-star Adam Thomas shared a sweet snap of his friend with Albert on his Instagram as he showed his support.
“This man constantly sending me pics of his new baby boy!! What a beautiful thing being a father is…” he wrote.
“I know he was struggling with leaving the little man going into the castle, but he’s in safe hands, and wouldn’t want you to not enjoy this once in a life time experience!!
“Enjoy the adventure Danny boy we’ll be with you every step of the way!! Bring it homeeee @danny_b_miller.”
The couple had been preparing to go through IVF treatment when they learned that they had a baby on the way.
Danny said he and Steph, who has Polycystic ovary syndrome, felt “humbled” to become parents.
The star announced their son’s arrival on Instagram on October 27.
“I was lucky enough to find someone who shines bright enough to lead me out of the dark, but I never imagined to be lead to the brightest place imaginable,” he wrote.