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‘Can’t always be roses and rainbows’ Zara Tindall’s husband Mike opens up about marriage

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Ex-England rugby star Mike Tindall, 43, appeared alongside presenter Vernon Kay, 47, BBC Sport broadcaster Ore Oduba, 36, and Scottish-born Love Island host Iain Stirling, 33. During his appearance on the ITV show, renamed Loose Men in support of International Men’s Day, Zara Tindall’s husband said he would be willing to renew his wedding vows.

He told the panel: “Yeah, I think I would.”

Mike, who was capped 75 times by England, added this was in part due to everything he and Zara, 40, have experienced since.

The couple, having met during England’s victorious 2003 World Cup campaign, tied the knot before Mike jetted back down under to join the squad in New Zealand.

Since then they have welcomed children Mia, 7, Lena, 3, and Lucas, just 7 months.

Speaking about married life, Mike said: “A marriage or long-term relationship can’t always be roses and rainbows.

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“When you have children, that is a massive shock, change to your system that you’ve never experienced and there is going to be those rocky roads.”

The ex-Gloucester captain, who also spent a stint playing for local rivals Bath, added: “There are things that are thrown at you that have to test both of you and that will test that relationship.

“The thing is no one is right, no one is wrong.

“You have to work through it together.”

He also confessed that while Zara, a silver medallist in the 2012 Olympics, tends to “stay angry” if the couple bicker, he tries to move on by offering a hug.

Speaking about his children, who live with Mike and Zara just a half-an-hour drive away from their father’s old place of work Kingsholm, the former rugby star said: “I was really keen on having a boy but then Mia came along.

“By the time Lena came I wasn’t bothered if I had another girl because I’d had this little bundle of joy in Mia.

“It was happy days.”

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He added: “The third was very fast,” he added about the recent – and sudden – arrival of son Lucas on March 21, who was delivered on the floor of the couple’s bathroom after Zara’s water broke.

“She was lying on her side saying, ‘it’s never going to work’ then it went and within 20 minutes the baby had come and I was sat on my sofa watching rugby with my little boy.”

He quipped: “I’m no longer surrounded by just women in my house!”

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