FREDDIE FLINTOFF has revealed that his wife Rachel gave birth to their fourth child in December.
The popular former England cricketer also announced the name of the couple’s third boy… with a nod to his heritage.
The England legend and Top Gear presenter has also carved out a successful broadcasting career for himself, and has now also bagged the gig as co-host to Laura Woods on the talkSPORT breakfast show from Monday to Wednesday.
And he said on the radio station: “Little Preston was born at Christmas – it is the first time I’ve actually spoken about it.
“But yeah, we have got another baby and it has been nice spending time with him.”
Freddie and Rachel have named their baby Preston, in homage to the Lancashire city that the 42-year-old hails from.
Preston will have three older siblings to help look after him, with Holly, 15, Corey, 14 and Rocky, 12.
His parents appeared at the Attitude Awards back in October, with Rachel sporting a small bump.
The happy couple met all the way back in 2002, when Rachel attended an event at Edgbaston Cricket Ground with her business.
They later started dating, and married in 2005 just before Freddie’s heroic Ashes success.
Preston’s birth represents a change of heart in Flintoff, who revealed to HOAR back in 2016 that he and Rachel weren’t planning to have another child.
He had said: “We thought about it, I originally wanted five but you have three and that felt like enough. I couldn’t go back to the nappy stage now.”
Flintoff also opened up on his joy at seeing his eldest son take up the game in which he made his name.
“Corey’s playing cricket now and I love it,” he said. “I’ll pick him up and take him to Old Trafford to have a go in the nets.
“I’m not a pushy dad in the conventional sense, but the non-negotiable is that everything you do, you do the best you possibly can otherwise don’t do it.
“For me, cricket was something I loved, and I would like them to find something they love, whether it’s sport or something else.”