Mark McGrath didn’t know how his life would change when he became a father to twins Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace last April. Now seven months into parenthood, he’s fearless when it comes to baby fluids and in love with his fiancée all over again.
“I’ve been a little selfish in my life, I’m not going to lie,” McGrath, 42, told PEOPLE Friday in Las Vegas.
“I’ve had a lot of incredible things happen in my life. I didn’t have to do things that I didn’t want to do and people handed me things. Now, it’s all about my children. I’m a part of their world now. There’s no place for my selfishness or my little qualms. They’ve made me selfless.”
A “master diaper changer” to Hartley and Lydon, the Sugar Ray frontman said he’s a hands-on dad who doesn’t mind waking up in the middle of the night to tend to the babies. He’s also aware of his kids’, um, bodily fluids, but that no longer bothers him either. “I’ll get poop under my nails,” he admits. “There’s no mystery there.”
Parenthood was put on hold momentarily when he recently shot Celebrity Apprentice in New York City, forcing him to be away from his children. On Friday, he spent another night away, as he was in Las Vegas as part of the Zappos.com Rock and Roll Marathon, handing out Marathon Energy Bars to participants.
Acknowledging that time away from his children is strenuous, McGrath says hours apart from Carin Kingsland is easily as tough.
“The kids have made me really fall in love with my fiancée,” he said. “I’ve been with her on and off for 16 years. Relationships hit rough patches and it takes work to keep that love alive, but now I look at her and I’m like, ‘Wow, you are gangster — I love you.’ I’m so happy to be with her. When I see her now, it just refortifies that love.”
– Mark Gray