Saturday 10 December 2016

Neil Lyndon: 'Becoming a dad again in my fifties is a dream come true'

Neil Lyndon has no regrets about being an older parent - was Gary Lineker wrong to spurn fatherhood again at 55?

Neil Lyndon

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

Gary and Danielle Lineker, who have filed for divorce, because the 36-year-old model reportedly wants another child and he feels too old. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Gary and Danielle Lineker, who have filed for divorce, because the 36-year-old model reportedly wants another child and he feels too old. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

I was sorry to read that Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux, his wife of eight years, are divorcing because the 36-year-old model reportedly wants another child and he feels too old. I was sorry not least because I have found that starting a new family in my fifties and bringing up two little girls in my sixties has been the most rewarding and happiest time of my life.

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Of course, that doesn't mean it would work for Lineker. By the same token, just because Ronnie Wood feels capable of being a new father at 68 doesn't mean Bryan Ferry's divorce, in 2014, from his second wife who was 37 years his junior - reportedly over his reluctance to start another family - was mistaken.

Other people's marriages are always impenetrable but it's not hard to see the sense in Lineker's decision. He has four grown-up sons from a first marriage. Four is probably enough for any man who isn't a benefits scrounger.

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