Former American football star Jason Bell says he’s “proud” to have an Irish child and enjoys spending time with the daughter he shares with Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle.
California-born Bell and Coyle are no longer in a romantic relationship but remain on good terms while raising their baby daughter, Anaíya, who was born in 2014.
And it seems Bell, who has Irish heritage of his own through his great-grandmother, likes the idea of having another Irish member of his family.
“My daughter is Irish and whatever happens in her life, she will always have that privilege,” says Bell.
“She spends most of her time in Ireland and that is her identity. I’m so happy about that.
“There’s nothing quite like having an Irish daughter over there and I’m looking forward to spending lots of time with her over there as she grows up.
“Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love Ireland.
“The people there are just amazing and it’s so exciting for me to have an American football game coming to Dublin.
“I’ve spent a lot of time all over Ireland, not just Dublin, and everyone says there’s nothing better than the Irish.
“They are just amazing to be with and you don’t find people like that anywhere else in the world.
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“Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and that’s the experience everyone has.”
Derry-born Nadine opened up about her relationship with Jason in an interview last year as she confirmed they were no longer romantically together but remained close.
“I’ve known Jason for 14 years, which is a really long time,” she said.
“We get along great. We have dinner together and have a good time.
“He is a great father for Anaíya. He’s helping her with her schoolwork.
“Jason and I will always be in each other’s lives.
“When you have a baby together and you spend so much time together, there’s always that intimacy.
“With so much going on in the world we just try to be in the moment and be there for Anaíya.
“What we do definitely works for us. It worked, so let’s just stick with it. It’s about supporting each other and being there for each other.”
Bell was speaking at an event promoting the US college football game between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium on Saturday, August 27.
This game marks the start of the US college football games that come to Dublin every year – and with nearly 20,000 tickets already sold there is sure to be a huge crowd at Aviva Stadium.
“I used to think how great it would be to host a game in Ireland and how it would be if your amazing fans came to our sport,” added Bell, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and New York Giants in his active time.
“Now it’s happening and I can’t wait to see a big crowd at the Aviva Stadium for this game.
“The fans will really get behind it. Ireland has never seen a sports show like this on its doorstep and they will outstrip it.
“The college football experience is special and next we need an NFL game in Ireland.
“I am committed to making this happen. We now have such a fantastic fan base for our sport in the UK and it would work perfectly with the fans in Ireland too.”
The Northwestern Wildcats play the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic at Aviva Stadium on Saturday, August 27.
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