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Christine Bleakley: I’m a homebird and won’t go to LA

Christine Bleakley has quelled speculation she is planning to move to the US with her football star fiance — saying even London is too far from her native Northern Ireland.

The Dancing On Ice presenter, who is engaged to Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, has described herself as a “home bird”, adding she would not want to live any further away from her family.

In an interview with the Daily Mail at the weekend, the Newtownards woman also spoke of the couple’s desire to maintain a stable family life for Frank’s two daughters, Luna (7) and Isla (5), by his ex-partner Elen Rivas.

There has been intense speculation over the their plans since Lampard (34) proposed during a holiday in Los Angeles.

And with the midfielder due to leave Chelsea this summer, the rumour mill is working overtime over where he will play next.

A number of newspapers recently reported that the footballer was being lined up to replace David Beckham as the star attraction for US team LA Galaxy.

This was seen as a move which could pave the way for Christine (33) to launch a presenting career in America. However, she is believed to be contracted to work for ITV for the rest of the year.

And she has also indicated a reluctance to move any further away from Co Down.

“I’m a homebird. Coming to London was a big deal for me,” she said. “I’m as far away from my mum and sister (Mina and 31-year-old Nicola) now as I feel comfortable with. We’ve had to take a lot of things into consideration. We’ve just moved into our house here (in London). Frank’s girls are here so family life is very important. Frank’s had 101 options and that’s been such a massive issue. We’ve just had to focus on what we’ve known at the time.”

There is one certainty, however, and Christine has said 2013 will be the year she will finally tie the knot.

“A lot depended on what was going to happen with the whole Chelsea thing. But we’ll definitely marry at some stage this year. We’ve certainly known all along that 2013 will be the year,” she said.

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