Mike Tindall has said marriage isn’t ‘all roses and rainbows’ and that having children ‘is a massive shock’ during his appearance on Loose Women.
Hosted by Vernon Kay, the programme was re-branded as Loose Men to mark International Men’s Day today.
Opening up on the show, Mike said: ‘A marriage or a long-term relationship, it can’t all be roses and rainbows.
Mike Tindall (pictured) has said marriage isn’t ‘all roses and rainbows’ and that having children ‘is a massive shock’ during his appearance on Loose Women
The former British rugby player, 43, who shares three children with the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall (pictured right), appeared on the ITV panel today to talk about men’s mental health in a one-off special
‘You know when you have children, that is a massive shock, change to your system, that you’ve never experienced.
‘So there is going to be those rocky roads, like if you lose your job, you know there are things that are thrown at you that have to test both of you, and it will test that relationship.’
Mike – who was joining the panel on a discussion about romantic relationships – was also asked if he would renew his wedding vows to Zara and said ‘I think I would’.
The couple, who live on Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, got married in 2011 during an understated ceremony in Scotland.
Mike also admitted to his fellow panellists that his wife ‘stays angry’ while he can brush off disagreements.
Hosted by Vernon Kay, the programme was re-branded as Loose Men to mark International Men’s Day today (pictured)
Mike (pictured) also admitted to his fellow panellists that his wife ‘stays angry’ while he can brush off disagreements
‘The thing is no one’s right, no one’s wrong, you have to work through it together,’ he said, before adding: ‘She’ll stay angry whereas I can have a fully barney and because of rugby, I can have a full barney at someone when they’ve done it wrong and then I can be “shall we have a hug”.
Speaking to The Mirror ahead of his ITV appearance, Mike said: ‘I am looking forward to being on Loose Men, talking about some really important issues facing men.
‘Being a rugby player from the North, I think I would probably have a reputation as being strong and just getting on with it, but that doesn’t always work and all of us need to talk about things. This is a great chance to do that.’
Mike played rugby professionally for more than a decade and was a member of the English squad which won the 2003 World Cup.
Tough: Mike, who has three children with the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall, played rugby professionally for more than a decade
The former union player was joined by television presenter Ore Oduba and comedian Iain Stirling on the panel, while model David Gandy appeared as a guest.
This is the second time Loose Women will feature an all-male line-up since the show began 21 years ago.
On hosting, Vernon said in a statement: ‘I’m really looking forward to anchoring the International Men’s Day Loose Men and tackling the issues facing modern men today.
Raising awareness: The one-off special was hosted by Vernon Kay and saw the programme re-branded as Loose Men to mark International Men’s Day on November 19
Famous faces: Mike was joined by television presenter Ore Oduba (left) and comedian Iain Stirling (right) as part of the panel as the group discussed issues faced by men
‘From mental health to fatherhood and family, we won’t leave any taboo subject uncovered.’
Ore added that he was ‘really proud to be discussing the issues that affect us guys psychologically and emotionally’.
International Men’s Day is aimed at encouraging men to be more open about their mental health.