Britain's Got Talent star welcomes baby daughter via surrogate
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Britain’s Got Talent star Ashley Glazebrook has said 'dad life is the greatest' after welcoming a baby daughter via surrogate.
The 31-year-old dancer, who finished as a runner-up as one half of the duo Twist and Pulse in the fourth series in 2010, became a dad with his fiancé Liam Durbridge last month.
The couple have shared a bunch of adorable pictures of their new arrival, who they called Tillie Glazebrook-Durbidge.
Ashley and Liam spent six days bonding with their newborn in hospital after she was born exactly one month before her due date on 6th January weighing weighing 5.5lbs.
In January Ashley shared the first full picture of their daughter on Instagram and gushed that she has ‘stolen’ the couple’s hearts.
He wrote: “That’s our beautiful little girl. We can’t stop staring at you tiny Tillie, you have completely stolen our hearts and I still can’t believe you’re all ours. Dad life is just the greatest.”
In another picture from the hospital, Tillie was seen fast asleep on Ashley's chest who had removed his shirt to practice skin-to-skin contact.
"Daddy’s little girl. I remember hearing people say newborns are such little time wasters and Tillie definitely is," he captioned the post. "We just can’t stop looking at her. 1 week old already."
The couple also shared a beautiful tribute to their surrogate Abbie. “We would never be able to put into words how thankful we are to this incredible woman. This exact moment was 3 hours after Abbie changed our lives forever,” they shared in a joint Instagram post.
“We chose to go down the gestational surrogacy route, which means myself and Liam picked a separate anonymous egg donor so there was no biological link to Abbie, which worked and was super important for all 3 of us.
They wrote: “I’m aware there is a lack of knowledge and understanding of surrogacy in the UK and I think it’s so important to show and raise awareness of what surrogacy really is about.
Abbie, who is a mum to three children of her own, said giving birth made her realise having a family is ‘taken for granted’ and prompted her to help couples have children.
“Something so simple as having a family really is taken for granted, when I gave birth to my third child it finally sunk in how important family was,” she said.
“I finally felt ‘complete’ and I had that family unit that I’d longed for. This then made me feel so desperate for the couples that were childless. Why couldn’t they have a family like me? How is it fair that they will never experience that rush of love for their baby?
“I knew I could make a difference. And seeing a family be created in front of your very eyes in that delivery room knowing you made that possible is the most indescribable feeling!”
The family of three are now back at home and earlier this month they celebrated Tillie's due date. Writing on Instagram alongside a cute mirror selfie from their home, Ashley said on 6th February: "Today was your official due date but we were lucky enough to meet you a whole month early. Here’s a random photo of us all that I love and Tillie’s first look into a mirror."