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Dermot O’Leary says he’s in a ‘lovely foggy period of sleepless love’ as he talks about becoming a dad

DERMOT O'Leary has spoken about dealing with sleepless nights since becoming a dad a few weeks ago.

Dermot, 47, and his wife Dee Koppang welcomed their son Kasper into the world on June 23 and are slowly getting to grips with parenthood.

Speaking on his BBC 2 radio show earlier today, Dermot gushed about life as a father during a chat with his guest James Bay.

When James asked the radio host how it was going, Dermot replied: "Oh he is brilliant, we are having a great time. That sort of lovely foggy period of sleepless love. Just wake up and go 'hey, this guy'.

"Every now and again you hear noises and think, 'what is that noise?' and then you're like, 'oh that is my son. Is that a cat? No, that's our child'," he joked.

Dermot's insight into fatherhood comes after he revealed his son's name during his show last weekend.

Before playing the track, One Day Like This by Elbow, Dermot told listeners: "My lovely son came into the world ten days ago accompanied by Guy Garvey's Elbow.

"So forgive this moment of brief self-indulgence while we play the song that accompanied that. This is for you Kasper with a K - my wife is very insistent on that."

Getting more excited, the proud dad exclaimed: "Kasper Koppang O'Leary welcome to the world!"

The exhausted new parent also honoured his son at the start of his show, joking that The Beatles' I'm Only Sleeping was reflective of him napping between songs today due to sleepless nights.

Dermot and Dee, 41, announced their son's birth on social media last month, posting a photo of a babygro with "Koppang O'Leary Productions Est. 2020" written on it, alongside a bunny toy.

Updating fans, Dermot wrote: "We’re delighted to announce that we’ve had a baby!

"A little boy born on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 (Sankthansaften / Midsummer for you Norwegians) at 8.19am, weighing in at 6lb 13oz.

"Enjoying the cuddles in the newborn bubble… cats yet to be 100% convinced. Lots of love, Dermot & Dee x."

The X Factor host announced the couple were expecting a baby in February - 18 years after they first met.

Dermot O'Leary reveals newborn son's name with sweet radio tribute

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