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Frank Lampard reveals how Christine Bleakley has made him so happy – but there is still no indication of a wedding date

By Claire Williamson

Footballer Frank Lampard has opened his heart about his relationship with fiancee Christine Bleakley calling her his "best friend".

The Chelsea star proposed to the Northern Ireland television presenter in 2011 but an official date for the wedding is not thought to have been set.

Previously she said she and Frank would ideally like to get married this autumn.

This was also something the footballer mentioned in a recent interview with Jonathan Ross, suggesting the UK or maybe Italy as a destination.

In an interview with Red magazine, the 35-year-old football ace said: "People say opposites attract, but when you live together, you need to be harmonious, and she's my best friend."

Frank continued to gush about the impact the Newtownards woman has had on his life.

"She's made me content," he said.

"That sounds soppy but I've been very happy since I've been with her.

"Our personalities are very similar. I've got a lot of respect for what she says – she's sharp."

He added: "I bounce my problems off her and I'd like to think I help her with her stuff too."

Lampard is a father of two daughters from his previous relationship with Elen Rivas.

Christine has regularly been spotted attending Chelsea matches to cheer on her fiance and is often shown along with his daughters, Luna (9) and Isla (7).

Lampard acknowledged how "great" it is to see their relationship with Christine develop.

"[Christine and the girls] will now gang up on me.

"For me, that's great, because going into a relationship, the step-parent role is hard.

"To get to the point where I see the girls saying, 'We've got Chris, and we're doing this,' is brilliant."

The football star admitted that being a single dad was "tough".

"I had a year of being a single dad and it was tough," he said.

"Even now, we have our moments – when I've come back from work and I've lost, and they've made a mess in their room, you get frustrated.

"It's certainly helped me having Christine and the bond that has grown between her and the girls."

The England footballer said he doesn't wait to spoil his children as they grow older.

"Emotionally, I give them loads and as much time as I can and at Christmas and birthdays, I do my best – but I don't want to get carried away, because I don't want a brat of 13 or 14," he said.

"I want them to go out and earn their own money and enjoy it.

"They get £5 a week pocket money, but they have to make their beds, tidy their rooms and show good manners."

Christine recently said an emotional goodbye as the ITV show Dancing on Ice presenter.

And Lampard – the central midfielder who has enjoyed an illustrious career – acknowledged he was unsure of his future at Stamford Bridge.

"I don't know if I'll be at Chelsea next season... you know your shelf life, so I started to mentally prepare when I hit 30."

He added: "I've been doing this for a long time so there's a part of me that's looking forward to the future."

BACKGROUND

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard met in 2009 and were engaged in 2011.

The television presenter began her career in Citybeat in 1996 and went on to enjoy a career in the BBC. She made a high-profile move to ITV in 2010.

Despite an eager rumour mill, no date is thought to have been set for her long-awaited wedding but it is thought it will most likely take place this autumn.

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