Brianne Delcourt and Kevin Kilbane introduce baby daughter and reveal unusual name

The last time we spoke to former Dancing On Ice professional skater Brianne Delcourt and former footballer Kevin Kilbane, the couple were recovering from a stressful few weeks after Brianne had haemorrhaged in the early stages of her third pregnancy.

Fast-forward five months and they are now the proud parents of baby girl Keavy Anne, who was born at the end of April via C-section. Here, the couple introduce their adorable daughter and tell all on her dramatic arrival.

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While Brianne and Kevin – who met when they were partnered together for the 2020 series of the ITV show – are overjoyed with their third daughter, they are understandably exhausted when we catch up with them.

Chatting to us from their home in Canada, Brianne – who is also mum to five-year-old Gracie and 15-month-old Olivia – tells us that adjusting to a new addition has been hard.

“Two kids was crazy but three just changes everything,” she says. “When you only have two of you and there are two babies who are only 14 months apart and then obviously Gracie, who’s five – there’s going to be no schedule. We’ve got to wing it.”

New baby joy aside, Brianne opens up about the stress she went through towards the end of her pregnancy, when she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

“It was a real shock,” she tells us. “It was probably at 22 weeks I was told. I had no symptoms whatsoever. I had to prick myself four times a day with a needle to make sure my bloods were OK. It was a pain in the butt!”

The condition meant that Brianne had to watch what she was eating. “I actually lost a bit of weight at the end of my pregnancy, which isn’t always good,” she says. Fortunately, the diabetes has disappeared since she gave birth. “It was horrible but it all faded away, so thank goodness.”

If this wasn’t enough to deal with, the couple had another scare when an ultrasound showed something that doctors wanted
to investigate.

Brianne says, “They found something in Keavy’s abdominal wall in the ultrasound – kind of like a structural thing. So they sent us
to SickKids, which is the best of the best hospital in downtown Toronto, to get that checked.

"So we had the diabetes, the pricking, the stomach issue and then obviously the haemorrhage at the start. It was just like one thing after the other. And that abdominal issue faded away as well. We don’t even know to this day what that was. It’s gone.”

And on top of all that worry, Brianne explains the C-section didn’t quite go to plan either…

“Everything went really smoothly until just before the surgery,” she says. “Kevin came in and all of a sudden I started to get really sweaty and started to see stars and I looked at the doctor and said, ‘I’m going to pass out here. I’m going to go.’

"But they gave me whatever they gave me and I perked up, but the actual surgery took the longest out of my births. With the other two girls it was a 30-minute procedure and then I could hear a cry, but with Keavy it was way over an hour.

"I had a really bad feeling. My obstetrician kept saying, ‘It’s fine, she just doesn’t want to come out!’

“And then after an hour and 20 minutes, the doctor was like, ‘You’re going to feel a lot of pressure because we’ve got to get her out now.’ And then there was this pop.

"This is quite gruesome but blood had spattered right in our faces and she came out but then we didn’t hear a thing. I’m panicking at this stage and saying to Kevin, ‘OK, talk to me. What’s going on?’”

Brianne says she was so desperate to hear her daughter’s cry that she sent Kevin to check on her. “I said to him to just get up and make sure she’s OK, so he got up – and he didn’t tell me this until after – but there were tubes down her throat as she wasn’t breathing properly.

"And then literally five minutes after that I heard the first cry. It was the most emotional…I could still cry now thinking about it. Both Kevin and I just started bawling. It was the cutest little cry – and then they brought her over and she was just beautiful.”

Kevin, 45, explains that he felt “helpless” as he watched his wife
go through the ordeal. “It’s not really been fully explained to us what happened and the unknown is what makes it worse,” he says.

“There were a couple of complications that could have been a lot worse. I was very emotional because I was beside Bri the whole time throughout the surgery and you know what she’s going through.

"No matter what sort of painkillers or meds she was on,
I could just see the uncomfortable faces she’s pulling and it’s just total admiration for her that I feel.”

Former Everton player Kevin – who is a football pundit on Canadian network TSN – goes on to describe his anguish at seeing their daughter struggling.

“It was just awful to see, when you look at a helpless baby lying on the table with an oxygen mask and a tube down her throat to try to clear her throat and her chest.”

Clearly still slightly traumatised by the birth, 41-year-old Brianne says, “I keep saying this to Kevin, if I could have had the babies [naturally] the other way, I would have.

"Either way it’s torturous having children, but going into this one, because I’d only just had a C-section with Olivia, it was still fresh in my mind.

"And the C-section with Olivia was horrendous. The recovery time was… I mean I still couldn’t turn on my side after six to eight weeks.”

Things haven’t been quite so hard this time, with Brianne explaining, “I had a great obstetrician and she said there must have been some complications with that one, but she promised she’d make it a little bit easier.

"And the recovery has been a lot easier this time. She’s given me lots of drugs, which is fantastic. That’s probably helped!

“And also, mentally, when you know you have another baby, you have no choice, you’ve just got to get up and go. Olivia has been running since she was about 10 months old so you just don’t have the time to sit down and feel sorry for yourself.”

Given what Brianne has endured, the ice skater was advised by her doctor against having more children. She tells us, “The doctor looked at me and said, ‘Please don’t have any more C-sections!’

"She said that after three there’s a lot of damage there. She tried to fix as much as she could and that’s why the surgery with Keavy took a lot longer.”

But how do she and Kevin feel about this advice? “We’re good with the three girls and we’re just going to press the pause button and enjoy our family. That’s the main thing,” she says.

Now she’s home from hospital and feeling well, Brianne is very philosophical about everything they went through. “I look at all my kids and just feel so blessed in so many ways,” she says.

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“You forget [about the stress]. It doesn’t matter. You have these three healthy children and that’s all that matters. I’ll be absolutely fine.”

Brianne referred to Keavy as Baby E on her Instagram page when she was pregnant and so we’re intrigued to discover the story behind her name. Did Kevin get to pick it as planned? He laughs, telling us, “There’s very little that I’m in charge of, let’s be honest.”

The commentator, who is from Lancashire and has Irish heritage, adds, “I wanted an Irish name with an Irish spelling. Bri wasn’t totally against it, but she didn’t want to make her child’s life more complicated than it needs to be.

“We’d been pretty much settled on Emily Ava for more or less six months of the pregnancy and then after the ultrasound, when we got the little still shot, Bri said she was feeling Keavy a lot more. It was a joint decision but more so Bri’s. It’s a beautiful name and we’re delighted with it.”

Brianne goes on to explain that their daughter’s name was inspired by both hers and Kevin’s. “Keavy is obviously named after Kevin and the Anne is named after me too. As soon as we saw her we knew she was definitely a Keavy.”

In terms of who she resembles, Brianne thinks Keavy “really, really” looks like her sisters. She says, “It’s strange as she weighed just under 7lb, which is the most out of the three of them, but she’s the daintiest.” And luckily for Brianne and Kevin, Gracie and Olivia have taken to their new sibling very well and are “so good” with her.

“We also recently moved to somewhere with more room as we have five girls altogether,” says Brianne. “We can’t wait to have [Kevin’s daughters] Elsie and Isla over because we miss and love them and the girls can’t wait to spend time with their big sisters.”

And as they settle into their new home, another thing that’s going smoothly for Brianne is breastfeeding. She told us, “I was a bit worried because after she was taken off the tubes and everything else, she was given to Daddy and I just wanted to get to her so I could get her fed. But she latched right away and there have been no issues whatsoever.”

The couple had such a whirlwind romance, marrying just a year after they met, but are now living in chaos with three small children and a dog, Cash. We’re curious to know if the honeymoon period is over – but a few minutes in their company illustrates their love and admiration for each other.

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“Oh, honest to God, I don’t know what I’d do without Kevin,” Brianne says. “He’s a rock in every way. He’s the best husband, the best dad. I’m going to get emotional, but I’m still hormonal. He’s everything. I lean on him for everything.

"All I do is cry and he’s the greatest. He’s my soulmate and my best friend. And to be able to do life with somebody and have these healthy babies and to do that with him, I’m so, so lucky.”

For Kevin, the feeling is mutual and he’s more loved-up than ever. “Bri looks incredible and certainly doesn’t look her age,” he says. “We’ve been through an awful lot in two-and-a-half years and so many things have been thrown at us.

“From the moment we met, I think we knew there was something very special between us. I love her way more than I did when I met her and I just admire her more than anything else as well.

“I want to spend every moment I can with Bri and the girls. We’ve hit a sweet spot in life and I don’t want it to change.”

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