Jason Manford struggled as a single dad

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 19 June 2014
Jason Manford

Jason Manford

Jason Manford found it hard to adapt to being a single parent to his three daughters following his split from his wife Catherine in 2013

Jason Manford struggled as a single dad.

The comedian - who split from his wife Catherine in 2013 following allegations he exchanged a number of flirty Twitter messages with fans - has found it difficult to adapt to bringing up his three young daughters on his own.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's been an interesting time since I was a single dad. You don't realise how much work your missus was putting in until you do it yourself. I was like, 'This is dead hard, this.'

"It was actually only once I became a single dad I realised just how much work went into this child-rearing business."

The 'A Question of Sport: Super Saturday' presenter - who resigned from the BBC's 'The One Show' following the scandal - decided to get his "priorities" in order and put his kids before work commitments.

He explained: "I'm certainly a better ex-husband than I was a husband. I spent so many months putting work first, thinking I was planning for the future but forgetting about the right now.

"I always thought I was working around the kids but I don't think I was. Now I am. So if half-term comes up or summer holidays I won't do anything for work.

"I didn't miss the big things - I saw their first steps and first words. But I think my priorities have changed now."

He added: "Next time I tour I will just choose my favourite venues and I will do it for a few months and mix it up like that."

Jason Manford

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The ever-endearing Jason Manford returns to the Fringe with more traditional stand-up show, after his 2005 Award-winning show 'Urban Legends'. Over 12s only. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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