RTE’S Baz Ashmawy reveals he will always be there for his kids
As RTE's Baz Ashmawy gets ready to welcome another child to his growing brood, he has opened up about his vow to always be there for his children -- after his own father walked out on him when he was still a child.
The 36-year-old -- whose partner Tanya Evans is due her sixth child this autumn -- revealed how he reconciled with his father.
"My dad left when I was only seven so my mom and grandmother looked after me for most of my life. I eventually got in contact with him and reconciled years later.
"I don't think it's good for anyone to hold on to bitterness. We actually became more like good pals in the end. But everyone wants a parent and someone they can rely on, not a pal.
"I think you learn a lot from every relationship and some people just aren't meant to be parents. But you can't hold it against them."
Explaining his background, the quirky presenter said: "My mother was from Wicklow, and a Roman Catholic. My dad was from Cairo, Egypt, and a Muslim.
"My step-brother and step-sister and I are all from different mothers but we get on really well now."
Speaking about his own relationship with the mother of his children, he said: "I have an Egyptian passport and there are four spaces on it for different spouses so I always joke with Tanya that she's just the first one," he quipped.
The news that she is due her sixth child in the autumn couldn't have come at a better time for the couple, given his recent disappointment at RTE.
"We will soon have six kids in the house, so it's going to be brilliant. We're all delighted.
"It's funny for a father bonding with a child. When my first child Hannah was born, it was just a blob to me for about a month. I was wondering 'what's wrong with me?' But now I'm obsessed with her. I can't see enough of her.
"From my eldest to my youngest I love them all to bits. I want to be there for them in a way my dad wasn't for me."
And reflecting on the axeing of his Saturday slot on 2fm: "It's a shame about the show, but I am looking forward to a really exciting event for the family."
His long-term girlfriend has four children with a previous partner and this will be the couple's second.
His early-morning radio show on 2fm with Lucy Kennedy will leave the airwaves at the end of the month.
The duo's programme is just one of a number of casualties at the station as bosses scramble to keep their finances in check -- despite the fact that the show had been well received.