Chloe Madeley says husband was ‘conflicted’ about having children

Chloe Madeley spends time with daughter Bodhi

Personal trainer Chloe Madeley, 35, delighted fans last year when she announced she and her husband, former rugby player James Haskell, 37, were expecting their first child together after four years of marriage.

Since welcoming their daughter Bodhi in August 2022, Chloe and James have had their hands full but now, as she revealed their little girl is starting to smile and giggle, the personal trainer opened up on family life.

Speaking on the Midwife Pip podcast, with trained midwife Pip, Chloe revealed that James had been “conflicted” throughout their pregnancy process as she had been the one wanting to have children.

Chloe revealed: “James was very much from the beginning ‘Whatever you want, I don’t care.’

“He’s not like, my brother for example is a really paternal man, he wants children, he loves children. He walks into a room full of children and before you know it he’s the entertainer for the day.

“James isn’t like that and neither am I to be fair.

“James was very much like ‘I think it could be an amazing thing that would make me the happiest man in the world, I equally really like my life (how it is). I just don’t care.’

However, Chloe noted that this reaction to planning for children left her somewhat “scared”, and said it may have been the reason she wasn’t “overly invested” in making it happen at the very start, as she had simply gone off birth control without any other methods in place to help her fall pregnant.

When she initially didn’t, Chloe became fearful that something was wrong but was told by her gynaecologist she simply needed more sex. Two months later, the star found out she was pregnant.

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But this didn’t mean the process was easy for James, as Chloe recalled: “There were times when I was like: ‘Can you come home from this DJ gig so that we can have sex?’ I think he was a bit like: ‘This is you that wants this, not me. Stop encroaching on my life and making me have sex with you!’ I think he was a bit kind of slogging through it.

“I think he was very conflicted by it if he was to be honest. I think he was quite conflicted by the whole thing for a while.”

Despite it all, Chloe emphasised what an “angel” James had been throughout her pregnancy and childbirth experience, adding that he’s now “obsessed” with their little girl and “has been an incredible father”.

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