The actor, 30, welcomed his newborn son, Albert, with fiancée Steph Jones in October and he has insisted that he will make it up to his child for the “rest of his life”.
It comes after Danny announced on Tuesday that he has quit Emmerdale after 13 years of playing Aaron Dingle on the ITV soap after he was confirmed as one of the ten stars for I’m A Celebrity 2021 on Monday.
Hitting back at people who claimed it was “out of order” for him to leave his newborn son and fiancée Steph to take part in the ITV competition, Danny said: “Everyone is going to have their own opinion!”
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Speaking to the Mirror, he continued: “The way I looked at it is, I made the decision once we found out we were naturally pregnant.
“We said, all these dates are now going to be aligned. I was asked back in February to do the show and once I’d said yes and everything had taken a turn. It wasn’t signed on the dotted line by any means, but there was a very good chance in February it would happen.
“Steph basically sat me down and said, ‘We’ve always wanted to be a mum and dad, we’ve always wanted to be together, we’re getting married next year. You’ve been given this opportunity and so many people out there would love to do this show, and work with Ant and Dec.’
“[Some] people think it’s out of order, but there’s people who work for a less wage who have to go away and provide for their family who work in the Army, who don’t get contact and don’t get to see them for six months.
“This is three weeks of my life and Albert isn’t really going to remember me being there or not. Steph is doing amazing with breastfeeding, she’s an amazing mum. It gave me even more confidence to want to go to the Castle and provide for the family.”
Danny continued: “Alright, I’m not going to have that three weeks, but I’ll spend the rest of his life making that up to him. It’ll give me money to be able to do things with him that I wouldn’t have been able to do five or six years ago.
“So, to sacrifice three weeks for Steph and the baby is almost an easy decision to make. Because I know Steph has got Albert’s back, he’s in the best hands. If Steph was going away for three weeks we’d have a problem.
“I wouldn’t be able to do what Steph does. I’m not just talking about the breastfeeding, I’m talking about the support, the emotional support she gives me, particularly, and she now gives Albert. I can’t speak highly enough of her.”
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It comes after Danny admitted that he was “worried” about taking part in I’m A Celebrity 2021 as his newborn son is just one month old and he had a “long discussion” with Steph about whether he should take part.
I’m A Celebrity 2021 kicks off on Sunday 21 November at 9pm on ITV and the ITV Hub.
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