Dermot O'Leary 'focusing on positives of lockdown' after birth of son Kasper

Dermot O’Leary has admitted he’s trying to look on the positive side of lockdown, after welcoming his first child with wife Dee Koppang.

The X Factor presenter and his wife of 8 years welcomes son Kasper earlier this year, and Dermot has said that embracing fatherhood has meant a change of priorities.

Speaking ahead of his stint on charity match Soccer Aid tonight, the presenter said that Kasper’s birth has forced him to look on the brighter side of life.

‘I’ve been lucky in a way to have this moment, being able to spend this time with our child,’ he said.

‘I’ve tried to focus on the positives, I’ve continued to work on the radio, but I am acutely aware it’s been very tough on some people. It has definitely had its challenges.’

Dermot continued: ‘I’m not a particularly nervous person and I’m good at spending time on my own but I’m not going to lie, it has been unsettling.

‘But for the most part, it’s been lovely for us to have this time with our little bubba.’

Dermot has been keeping fans updated on his life as a new dad too, admitting that his son ‘wasn’t a bad little fella,’ which is certainly one way to put it.

Tonight will see the former Big Brother host back on fine form as he anchors ITV’s coverage of Soccer Aid 2020.

The charity match will, as always, see teams of celebrities and professional footballers split into two opposing teams, raising money for Unicef in the process.

Celebrities taking part this year include pop star Olly Murs, Body Coach Joe Wicks and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling.

And it seems like ahead of the match, tactics are already starting to get dirty.

Doctor Who star Bradley Walsh was caught ‘spying’ on his opposing team by coach Harry Redknapp, and that sounds all kinds of awkward.

Soccer Aid stars tonight at 6.30pm on ITV.

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