Saturday 3 December 2016

'We weren't allowed to adopt...now I'm glad we didn't,' reveals Alan Hughes' partner Karl

Sean O'Grady

Published 26/08/2016 | 08:56

Alan Hughes, pictured with his partner Karl Broderick, at the VIP Style Awards 2016
Alan Hughes, pictured with his partner Karl Broderick, at the VIP Style Awards 2016
Karl Broderick and Alan Hughes at the LauraLynn Heroes Ball at the Mansion House Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick at the annual gibson Hotel Summer BBQ. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick tonight on the Red Carpet at The Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2015 at The Marker Hotel,Dublin. Pictures Brian McEvoy

Karl Broderick has revealed he and husband Alan Hughes are glad they have not adopted children.

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Same-sex couples can now adopt under recent changes to the laws, but the singer-songwriter said he and Alan feel they have made the right decision in not becoming parents.

"I'm kind of glad that I didn't. We weren't really allowed," he told the Diary.

The TV star reckons the couple are too old to start a family now.

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick at the annual gibson Hotel Summer BBQ. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick at the annual gibson Hotel Summer BBQ. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"We weren't afforded a chance to do it whether we liked it or not, and now I think people would say we're too old," he said.

"I don't think I'm too old. I'm 19 at heart. It's not something I've felt I've ever really wanted. I think Alan might have at one stage, but he's over it."

However, Karl revealed he did want children when he was younger.

"For years I've gone through wanting kids and then not wanting them," he said.

Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl Broderick on Ireland AM. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"Then when I've not wanted them I've gone 'thank God I didn't have them' and then I think, 'what if I had had them in a period when I wanted them?'"

Ultimately, Karl said the couple are happy with the decision they've made and have several nieces and nephews in their lives to spend time with.

"We have great nieces and nephews and we're godparents for loads of kids," he said.

The pair have been together for more than two decades and are due to renew their vows soon.

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick

Karl said that Alan still makes him laugh after all that time.

"I think he's phenomenal," he said.

"He keeps saying to me he's really proud of me and that's really lovely to have him say that to me.

"He makes me laugh every single day. He's very funny."

Herald

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