Gok Wan considers becoming a single dad

Gok Wan has confessed he is so desperate to become a dad he is considering adoption all on his own.

The TV presenter and fashion expert - who turns 39 later this year - has always wanted a family, and told the Daily Mirror he is weighing up the pros and cons of becoming a single parent.

Gok said: "I've been broody since my 20s. There's nothing wrong with being a 50 or 60-year-old first-time father if you want to be, but I'm not sure I do. Forty is a marker - it truly is middle age.

"The thing is, I'm not sure if I'd be a dad on my own. I need to ask myself those questions. And I'm afraid if I decide not to, I won't be able to cope with that."

The How To Look Good Naked star - who is fronting Channel 4's live coverage of fashion at Royal Ascot this year - revealed he recently made the decision to move to a house with a garden in a wooded area of north London. But he admitted he would need to change his work life if he was to have kids.

Gok said: "I couldn't do these hours and have children and hopefully a relationship.

"I am mellowing now. I have always been hectic, chaotic and bonkers to be around, but as I've got older I have certain things in place that are calmer.

"Where I live now is even decorated calmer - it's a country green throughout. Everything is relaxing and so when I walk in, it's calm."

And the TV presenter hasn't ruled out finding a partner to share his family with.

He said: "I go about dating the same as everyone. I go to bars, but it's mainly through friends of friends now. At my age you want to find people you have more in common with."



Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.