Thursday 29 September 2016

Brian Dowling asks BFF Pippa O'Connor to be his surrogate as he makes baby plans with husband Arthur

Published 10/02/2016 | 07:46

Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor
Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor
Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor in 2009
Brian Dowling & husband Arthur Gourounlian
Brian Dowling got hitched to his Armenian choreographer finance Arthur Gourounlia. Pic: Twitter
Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor in 2011

TV presenter Brian Dowling has opened up about his desire to have babies with husband Arthur Gourounlian.

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He reckons that he has already found the perfect surrogate - his pregnant pal, Pippa O'Connor.

"I'm like, 'Pippa, once you drop this one, do you want to go again?'. Baby Ollie is just gorgeous and she's beautiful - and a nice person as well - and has a really good work ethic. She's so fabulous," he told the Diary.

"We are at that point now where it's do or die, as they say. I'm quite pro the surrogacy thing, and Arthur's quite pro the adoption thing, so it's about deciding what works."

Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor in 2011
Brian Dowling and Pippa O'Connor in 2011

Dowling, who got married last July, said he'd love to just have one child - but Arthur's more in favour of two. The pair are just back home following a trip to Barbados to help Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh celebrate her wedding to Justin Scott.

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Brian - whose hubby was a dancer with Girls Aloud - was photographed hanging out on a yacht in the Caribbean with newly-single Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.

However, speaking at the launch of Just Eat's Valentine's survey, he said the issue of her break-up from Jean-Bernard never arose.

Brian Dowling & husband Arthur Gourounlian
Brian Dowling & husband Arthur Gourounlian

"When you're in a situation where you're at a friend's wedding, you don't talk about stuff like that. You have to respect people's privacy," he said.

"But everyone had an amazing time. What I admire about them is they're all so famous and there's photographers everywhere. We're on the boat in the middle of the sea in Barbados and the paps are around us on the jet-skis, but the girls did not stop having a good time.

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"No one put their food down, no one put their drinks down, no one stopped dancing. It was a case of 'this is how it is' - and I quite admire that.

Brian Dowling got hitched to his Armenian choreographer finance Arthur Gourounlia.
Pic: Twitter
Brian Dowling got hitched to his Armenian choreographer finance Arthur Gourounlia. Pic: Twitter

"They were just having a laugh and having fun and you kind of respect that about people. And Kimberley looked so beautiful."

Now living in Shoreditch in London, last year saw Brian fronted TV3's Sitting on a Fortune - which he admitted failed to hit the mark with Irish audiences.

"I really enjoyed it. It was an amazing opportunity, but I don't think people understood the premise of the show."

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