Dad-to-be Dermot O’Leary fights back tears over newborn babies in maternity ward tribute – The Sun

DERMOT O'Leary was desperately trying to fight back tears last night as he co-hosted the BBC's coverage of the One World: Together At Home concert.

Dermot, 46, is expecting his first child with wife Dee Koppang and it seems a particular segment of the show was too much for him to handle.

As pop star Ellie Goulding sang a moving rendition of Elton John's hit Your Song, a montage was shown of footage of newborn babies across the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

As well as scenes from maternity wards, the clip also showed relatives meeting babies for the first time but through windows due to the current social distancing rules.

As the camera cut back to Dermot and his co-host Claudia Winkleman, the TV presenter looked particularly teary-eyed and fell back into his chair.

"Are you alright?" Claudia asked him, to which he laughed and quickly replied: "It's hay fever season!" as he waved his hand in front of his face.

As Claudia laughed and congratulated the NHS staff, Dermot added: "That was lovely and a great big [hug] to maternity staff up and down the country."

The segment was clearly close to home as he and his partner of 18 years are expecting a baby together.

The couple got engaged back in 2011 and married a year later, after a decade of dating, in 2012 in a church ceremony held in Kent.

Dermot and Dee announced their baby news via a sweet post on Instagram of a board that read: "Koppang O’Leary productions presents 'new arrival' coming soon."

Dermot added the caption: "We're pleased to announce that we're expecting a little Koppang O'Leary."

However, it wasn't just Dermot who was feeling emotional about the star-studded concert – but also viewers at home.

Fans admitted they were "sobbing" whilst watching the fundraiser, which included performances from the likes of Little Mix and The Rolling Stones.

The BBC had pulled together the best of the action from Saturday night's global event that was broadcast in the US.

There were also exclusive UK performances from Jess Glynne, Sir Tom Jones, Rag’n’Bone Man and The Kingdom Choir as well as a message from Michael Bublé.

Viewers loved the show and found the mix of music and emotive stories overwhelming.

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