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I'd love to have children with Frank, but I'm not ready just yet, reveals Christine

Daybreak host Christine Bleakley says she is "not ready" to think about starting a family with boyfriend Frank Lampard.

The presenter -- who has dated the footballer for a year -- said she loves children but is not at the stage where she feels she can balance them with a career.

She also concedes that her ITV1 morning show has had a "bumpy ride" since its launch in September but it was only to be expected.


Bleakley said: "I do love children, but I can't even think about that at the moment. I'm in awe of women like Kate Garraway, who juggle it, but I'm not ready for it yet."

She also gave an insight into the couple's domestic bliss: "We enjoy our own little home life: cooking together, lighting candles, watching TV -- and going to bed rather early! We're very compatible."

Bleakley (32) said she and the Chelsea midfielder -- who has two children from his relationship with Elen Rivas -- tend to shun the usual showbiz haunts and prefer to go to "local Chinese and Indian" restaurants.

"It's not so difficult to keep under the radar if you want to," she said.

Bleakley said they had "quite an old-fashioned courtship" and he had the blessing of her close friend and Daybreak co-host Adrian Chiles.

"There was no one on this planet happier about me dating Frank than Adrian," she said. "They get on really well. Adrian is more than thrilled about Frank and me."

She and Chiles quit The One Show to take on the presenting job for ITV1's Daybreak which launched in September but has struggled to find an audience.

From its launch high of a million viewers it dipped at one stage to as low as 500,000. It has now bounced back and last week reached a million with its Thursday show.


Bleakley said: "It's been a bumpy ride but I expected that. Everyone assumed we would walk in and all would be rosy. I genuinely didn't. I'm shocked that people expected that."