Darren Day: 'Being a father is what's pulled my life together'
Most parents would say that having children changed their lives, but English actor and singer Darren Day credits his children with saving his life. Spiraling downward into a world of drug and alcohol addiction, Darren pinpoints the birth of his son Corey Mackenzie, 3, with ex-girlfriend Suzanne Shaw and the birth of his daughter, Madison, 17-months with wife Stephanie as a true turning point. He says,
Being a father is what’s pulled my life together. I had to give myself a kick up the backside and get myself together. Things happen for a reason – and my children came along just at the right time.
The need to stay clean was only reinforced when Stephanie’s pregnancy with Madison took a dangerous turn. Suffering from unspecified complications, she spent the last 10 weeks of her pregnancy hospitalized on bedrest. The couple was repeatedly told that it was unlikely that their daughter would even survive, and Madison was ultimately born 5 weeks early via emergency C-section.
I used to go down to the hospital chapel every single day and fall to my knees and pray with all my heart. When she was born the surgeon said to me ‘you’re very lucky not just to have your daughter but to have your wife.’ It was touch and go. I felt my prayers had been answered and now I have a faith.
Now a happily devoted self-proclaimed family man, 39-year-old Darren — who is currently on tour with Hello, Dolly in the UK — says he’s in a good place. Madison continues to suffer from respiratory problems as a result of her premature birth, however, and even required hospitalization in January. Although Stephanie was also slated to appear alongside Darren in Hello, Dolly she pulled out of the production to care for Madison.
On the fourth day of rehearsals Madison was admitted back into hospital for the third time in two weeks and Steph said: ‘I can’t do this, I need to be with my baby.’ When babies are premature one of the major things is their lungs aren’t developed properly. She’ll probably be asthmatic but thank God she’s made a great recovery.
Another thing that’s made a great recovery is Darren’s relationship with Suzanne, the former singer of Hear’Say. Darren angrily dismissed the widely circulated rumor that he left his ex-girlfriend on Mother’s Day after snapping that he doesn’t ‘do family.’
I never said that. I would never, ever say anything so callous as that…The two of us are fine and the most important person in our lives is our son. As long as we can get along, talk about his future and be the best mum and dad we can be, then that’s all good.
She’s the mother of my boy and I’m very happy that we are in a place where we can be grown up. Suzanne knows Stephanie and I know her partner Jason, he’s a great guy and wonderful step father figure to my son. My son thinks the world of him and he thinks the world of my son.
Darren and Stephanie were married in May 2007.
Source: Daily Record