Shane Richie Opens Up About His "Extra Special" Delivery

09/14/2008 at 07:00 PM ET
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For Shane Richie, holding his newborn child is always a "wonderful moment" — but fatherhood the fourth time around is "extra special" because for the first time, he’s dad to a daughter. "I felt proud, but at the same time anxious," admits Shane, who welcomed 6-week-old Lolita Belle Shelley on July 27th. "I’ve had a lot of cowboys and now I’ve got a princess." Already dad to 16-month-old Mackenzie-Blue with wife Christie and sons Shane Jr., 19, and Jake, 16, from a previous marriage, Shane says the dynamic is decidedly different with Lolita.

"With a boy…once they get older you can let them go, but with Lolita, I instantly felt very protective — it was overwhelming. She’s my little girl and I know it’s my job to keep her safe and that really got to me."

That much is apparent when the 44-year-old former EastEnders star thinks forward to his daughter’s formative years! "I pity the boys that knock on the door when she’s a teenager, because they won’t get past -– I’ll be the strictest dad in the world," Shane says, adding that Lolita is "going to be a real daddy’s girl" who will "be able to have anything she wants."

As for their choice of name, "we both know the significance of naming her Lolita," Christie tells the magazine. "I just thought it was a lovely name and didn’t think there was a big problem. With hindsight, there was always going to be a bit of backlash with Shane naming his daughter Lolita, because of his reputation for dating lots of women before he met me, but it’s not something we worry about."

Click ‘more’ to read about Lolita’s birth and Mackenzie’s reaction to his new little sister.

Introducing the two youngest Richie children went off without a hitch. Mackenzie was waiting outside the hospital room where Lolita was delivered, and when Christie’s parents ushered him in "there were tears all around," Shane reveals. "We’d got presents for him so he didn’t feel left out, and we made a real fuss of him," he says. "He wandered over to see Lolita and ended up giving her kisses, which was lovely."

Christie was induced two weeks before her due date because of an ongoing problem with restless leg syndrome, a common ailment in pregnancy that left the 29-year-old averaging two hours of sleep each night. Lolita was delivered the following day without incident, but eight hours after her birth she gave her parents quite a fright when she momentarily stopped breathing. "Lolita started choking," Christie recalls. "I picked her up and called the midwife who ran out with her and gave her oxygen and put her under a heat machine. Apparently the mucous in her system had clogged everything up and she was fine, but it was so scary — she’d started to turn purple."

With the scare behind them, the couple are already contemplating yet another addition to their family! Says Shane,

"I know Christie would like to keep going and have some more children, and I’m happy with that. I think it’s every woman’s prerogative, so if she wants more children, who am I to say no?"

Source: Hello

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Alex on

I understand that this man means well and congratulations to him and his princess.

But women can take care of themselves, too. He can and hopefully will also “let [her] go” – just like her older brothers – when she gets “older.”

CelebBabyLover on

Alex- He never said he won’t “let her go”, just that he feels very protective of her. Most dads tend to be very overprotecive of their daughters (similarly, mothers tend to be more overprotective of sons)!

April on

It seems kind of contradictory to name your child Lolita and then worry about the attention she’s going to get from boys! lol

Lisette on

@ Alex.. I think he doesn’t mean to say anything negative about women and that she will be taking care of her self, but daddy’s are that way. I mean I am the youngest and also a girl and he keeps me young, still thinking I really need him as for my brother.. he let’s him ‘go’ as said here… I find it quite sweet that he is so protective, so I think he means well..

phoebe on

I adore this man, and I love the three elder children’s names, but Lolita would not be a name I would choose. It’s each to their own, and as long as long as Shane and Christie like that’s the main thing, it’s just that almost everyone will think of the book/film, and it’s a bit of a curious choice for a man who is so directional about his strict plans for this daughter’s future! Anyway, congrats to the whole family!

Jane on

I can’t help thinking that the name Lolita is really inappropriate, but congratulations to them all!

Laurie on

Wow… He is just like my dad…

I have two older brothers they are older by a decade or so, and then theres me (a girl). So my parents and grandparents felt like they needed to protect me, protect me from everything, while my two brothers were free to do anything they pleased.. come home as late as they wanted.. go out whenever they wanted..

Their over-protection affected me a lot as teen then as an adult. I know he probably wont go OCD crazy protective like my parents. But i hope he learns that women can take care of themselves, and if you over protect them, they just might end up being weaker and just might make the wrong choices when she finally has that freedom.

kelpy on

I can understand where he’s coming from – my husband felt the same way when our daughter was born.
But eventually (some) Daddy’s realise that even their little darlings can be more independent and headstong than their male counterparts!
(and 3 cheers for that I say!!!)

trullesand on

oh please not! don´t give her anything she wants. i tell you: she will be one of those girls you hate when you was teenager, shane.

Kristy on

I am sure Coleen Nolans father wanted her to meet a man who treated her right too Shane, but unfortunatly she met you!
A bit Hypocritical to say that about his daughter!

stephanie on

LOL @ April’s comment!

Astrid24 on

I noticed that as well- there is such a double standard! I doubt he feels the need to be so strict with his sons- but then again they’re not named after a twelve year old who seduces grown men.

anon on

Double standard! Maybe if parents did a better job raising their sons, worrying more about their behavior, they wouldn’t need to feel so protective of their daughters!

Doreen on

Who would name their daughter something that means “sexually precocious young girl”?! That’s just crazy. Hopefully, she won’t live up to her name!


I’m absolutely agree with you,Doreen this name is very inappropriate
Poor Lolita,I hope the people don’t make fool of herself with this name

ashley_anne on

i really don’t think her name will judge her character in life. i think lolita is a beautiful name, regardless of peoples perception. a lot of people view her as an iconic character for that matter.

terri on

Lola has always reminded me of the name Lolita, so I think that’s why I never liked it. I think it’s a cute name, it just had some not so cute connotations to it!

Gabrielle on


When I hear “Lola”, I think “She was a show girl”, from Copacabana.

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