Saturday 22 July 2017

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?

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

Neil Lyndon

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.

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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