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Father-of-five Shane Richie, 56, reveals he and wife Christie, 41, are considering adopting a baby

Shane Richie has revealed he and his wife Christie are considering adopting a baby after his I’m A Celebrity stint. 

The EastEnders actor, 51, who has five children, said they have been talking about it for quite some time as Christie, 41, is eager to add to their brood.  

Shane has three children already with Christie- Mackenzie Blue, 14, Lolita Bell, 12, and Romani-Skye Angel Shelley, nine- as well as two children from his previous marriage to Coleen Nolan; Shane Roche Jr, 31, and Jake Roche, 28. 

Baby plans: Shane Richie has revealed he and his wife Christie are considering adopting a baby after his I’m A Celebrity stint

Shane told The Sun: ‘We always talk about it, myself and Christie, and because she is fifteen years younger than me and she is only 41, so there is still time.

‘We have been talking about having another baby and there is still time and she is always talking about wanting another kid (her own biological kid) and I know our daughters would love another brother or sister.

But now we are talking about adopting and because we live in Surrey, the rules there are very different to when we lived in Bucks, which was a long time ago, but am still up for it.’

Family: The EastEnders actor, 51, who has five children, said they have been talking about it for quite some time as Christie, 41, is eager to add to their brood (pictured in 2012)

Family: The EastEnders actor, 51, who has five children, said they have been talking about it for quite some time as Christie, 41, is eager to add to their brood (pictured in 2012)

Shane said the only thing that is holding him back is his worry if he is eligible now because of his age and the instability of his job being an actor because there will be times when he is away from home.  

The TV star, who married Christie in 2007, said if his wife wanted to go ahead with the adoption process he would support her and said his children would ‘love’ another addition to their family. 

Shane also said if adoption wasn’t an option they might consider fostering when they were older. 

It comes after the EastEnders star’s eldest son Shane Jnr accused I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! bosses of ‘editing the show to cause tension’ amid his father’s feud with AJ Pritchard.

Doting dad: Shane has three children already with Christie, Mackenzie Blue, 14, Lolita Bell, 12, and Romani-Skye Angel Shelley, nine (pictured in 2010)

Doting dad: Shane has three children already with Christie, Mackenzie Blue, 14, Lolita Bell, 12, and Romani-Skye Angel Shelley, nine (pictured in 2010) 

Big brood: Shane has also two children from his previous marriage to Coleen Nolan – Shane Roche Jr, 31, and Jake Roche, 28 (pictured in 2009)

Big brood: Shane has also two children from his previous marriage to Coleen Nolan – Shane Roche Jr, 31, and Jake Roche, 28 (pictured in 2009) 

Defending: It comes after the EastEnders star's eldest son Shane Jnr accused I'm A Celebrity bosses of 'editing the show to cause tension' amid his father's feud with AJ Pritchard

Defending: It comes after the EastEnders star’s eldest son Shane Jnr accused I’m A Celebrity bosses of ‘editing the show to cause tension’ amid his father’s feud with AJ Pritchard

Viewers of the popular ITV show have seen EastEnders star Shane, 56, and former Strictly pro AJ, 26, butt heads over cleaning duties – and the actor’s son Shane was left fuming after a tense scene aired between the pair on Thursday.

In the clip, Shane asked who was doing the washing up before jokingly throwing his tin on the floor and later transferring it to a bucket for cleaning- much to AJ’s chagrin.  

He tweeted: ‘I know it’s a tv show but ur playing with peoples lives man.'(sic)

‘If there really is tension then I’m all for it. Or are you editing to cause tension ? That’s what I can’t agree with. I know it’s telly but there’s vile comments being thrown around and it’s not fair.’

Another fan accused Shane of ‘bullying AJ’ writing: ‘When he threw his dishes and then walked by AJ putting his hand on AJ’s shoulder and pressing down on it. Let’s get this Shane a**e out of there 1st to be voted out.’

Icy: Viewers have seen Shane and AJ, 26, butt heads over cleaning duties - and the actor's son Shane Nolan, 28, was left fuming after a tense scene aired between the pair on Thursday

Icy: Viewers have seen Shane and AJ, 26, butt heads over cleaning duties – and the actor’s son Shane Nolan, 28, was left fuming after a tense scene aired between the pair on Thursday

Fury: Shane Jr said:  'If there really is tension then I’m all for it. Or are you editing to cause tension ? That’s what I can’t agree with. I know it’s telly but there's vile comments'

Fury: Shane Jr said:  ‘If there really is tension then I’m all for it. Or are you editing to cause tension ? That’s what I can’t agree with. I know it’s telly but there’s vile comments’

Shane quickly responded, writing: ‘Bullying, wtf is wrong with people?’  

Shane Nolan, who previously branded AJ a ‘little b***h’ over his row with Shane, had tweeted earlier in the evening: ‘Oooooh Aj does not like my old man. Absolutely hilarious.’ 

He also urged fans to vote for his father, writing: ‘Guys you can vote for your favourite now. 

‘Would really appreciate it if you voted [email protected] I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea but can’t say he hasn’t given us stuff to talk about. #alwaysbealegendinmyeyes #imacelebrity.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV representatives for comment. 

Defence: Shane stuck up for his father amid a 'bullying' allegation from a fan and joked about AJ's dislike of his father

Defence: Shane stuck up for his father amid a ‘bullying’ allegation from a fan and joked about AJ’s dislike of his father


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