Alan Halsall and Tisha Merry have spoken out about what it takes to co-parent in their ‘blended’ family with his ex Lucy-Jo Hudson.
The Coronation Street stars hooked up after Alan’s relationship with Lucy-Jo came to an end and has co-parented their six year old daughter Sienna since then.
Tisha has also opened up what it is like transforming from living the single life to being thrust into the role of stepmother.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, the soap pairing have spoken about the parental disagreements they have with Lucy-Jo and how they resolve the issues.
Alan, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the ITV soap was married to Lucy-Jo for nine years before they split in May 2018. They have now moved forward as they find solutions to ensuring their daughter gets the best of both worlds.
Lucy and Alan split in May 2018 after nine years of marriage together – but now successfully have a ‘blended’ family.
The actor said: “There’s always going to be ups and downs with a blended family.
“So long as Sienna comes first in all of it, that’s all that matters. Sienna’s got her mum and dad, and she’s also got Lewis and Tisha. It’s just a case that everybody loves her.
“Of course there will be differences of opinion; so long as we’re in that loving way when Sienna is around.
“We don’t have a great deal of communication, it’s only ever about Sienna and that’s all it ever needs to be.”
Tisha added that there could be the patter of tiny feet again as she would like to have a child with Alan.
She said: “He’s such a good dad, he’s so caring and loving. I would love that for our child if we have one.”
The 27-year-old actress said that she has had to adapt to being a stepmother after previously only having herself to worry about when she was single.
Tisha said: “In all honesty I’ve had a few times where I’ve thought ‘Oh my god, my life has changed so much’. It’s crazy but it’s changing for the better.
“When I first got together with Alan and I became a bigger part of Sienna’s life, my dad said ‘this will be the making of you’.
“It’s tricky when you’ve gone from being a single girl with no one else to think about to someone with a family. It’s the best thing in the world but it can be really daunting.”
Lucy-Jo has previously spoken about the difficulties that co-parenting has presented, especially as they have different styles of bringing up Sienna.
She said: “The thing is, everybody who has a blended family knows it’s not easy. You can’t pretend that it is.
“And me and Alan sometimes have different views on raising Sienna so trying to co-parent can be challenging.
“It’s probably like that for a lot of blended families.”
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