‘I would like her to have a base’: Ryan Thomas admits daughter Scarlett stops him considering a move abroad… as actor reveals NONE of his children were planned
Ryan Thomas admits his relationship with eldest child Scarlett prevents him from moving abroad with fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh and son Roman.
The former Coronation Street star has relocated to Lucy’s native Essex, where they live with 11-month old son Roman, while daughter Scarlett remains in Manchester with actress mother Tina O’Brien.
And Ryan, 36, admits his desire for the 11-year old to have stability between her parents’ homes stops him considering a move to a warmer country.
Opening up: Ryan Thomas says becoming a father was not planned and admits his relationship with eldest child Scarlett (pictured) prevents him from moving abroad
Talking to brothers Adam and Scott for his Mancs on the Mic podcast. he said: ‘What it comes down to is the weather. The weather changes everything, if it’s not nice weather you stay indoors.
‘In California the weather is good all year round so what do people do? They spend their time outside.Playing basketball, on the beach, going for runs. I feel like that is a happy life when you have the good weather. It keeps people motivated …
‘The only thing that stops that happening, is Scarlett. She lives in two homes. I would like her to have a base, where she can feel it is her “other home”.
‘Otherwise for six months of the year I could live abroad and work from home.’
Apart: The former Coronation Street star lives in Lucy’s native Essex, where they live with 11-month old son Roman, while daughter Scarlett remains in Manchester with actress mother Tina O’Brien
The actor has previously worked in Australia after winning a short-lived role in long-running soap Neighbours, starring as Rafael Humphreys for two months between February and April 2018.
Ryan also revealed that neither of his children were planned as he offered brother Scott advice on whether or not he should consider starting a family of his own.
‘None of my children were ever planned,’ he said. ‘So there’s never a right time bro, I don’t think you should worry about that.
‘It’s just cos you’re around your brothers with kids so there is that added pressure. Bro, just enjoy it take your time and don’t worry about the future, just enjoy the journey for now.’
Candid: Ryan spoke to brothers Adam and Scott about his desire to live in a hotter country during his Mancs on the Mic podcast
The discussion comes after Ryan admitted that frequently travelling to Manchester to visit his daughter puts a ‘strain’ on his relationship with Lucy.
Talking about his travel commitments during a previous podcast, he said: ‘I know I’ve got Scarlett [who] I have to keep going back and forward for…
‘That puts a strain on our relationship because I’m not with her [Lucy] because I’ve gotta get back for Scarlett.
Happy family: Ryan and Lucy welcomed son Roman, their first child as a couple, in 2020
‘There is that trying to find a mix of making both work and working out where you’re going to end.’
Ryan admitted he would like to relocate to Manchester with Lucy and Roman on a full-time basis in the future but for the time being it’s ‘easier’ for the family to be in Essex.
He continued: ‘I think eventually I’d like to be in Manchester with both my kids, but at the moment it’s having that help at hand in London it’s just easier.
Unexpected: Ryan also revealed that neither of his two children were planned
‘But I think eventually I would love to be back where I started with all my brothers and all our kids.
‘I think that’s what’ll happen eventually but we’re just taking it a day at a time. I think that’s what you’ve got to do with this family life.’
Lucy and Ryan have been together since meeting on reality show Celebrity Island With Bear Grylls in early 2017.
The former soap actor proposed during a romantic trip to the Amalfi Coast in Italy in June 2019, with Lucy finding out she was pregnant with Roman soon after they returned.