Why Kian and Jodi won’t show off new baby Koa to fans23/12/2011 20:03
By Melanie Finn
WESTLIFE’S Kian Egan and wife Jodi Albert have signed a six-figure deal with OK! magazine to feature their new baby.
Jodi gave birth to their first child, Koa, on Tuesday but the lad will have wasted little time before earning a first pay cheque.
The Herald can reveal how the delighted couple have signed a deal for an ‘at home’ shoot after signing a two-part deal with the UK glossy.
The young tot was born in Sligo General Hospital at 6.10pm on December 20 — two weeks earlier than planned.
Over the next few days, the couple will take home their precious little bundle as they move into their new house in Sligo. It includes a state-of-the art baby room as they enjoy their first Christmas as parents.
And a source explained how Kian (31) and Jodi (28) have signed a follow-on deal with the publication, understood to be a “six figure sum”, and will be keeping the baby under wraps until the interview comes out.
“They’ll probably do the pics in January and this is a follow on to the previous spread they did on her pregnancy,” she said. “They’re just really happy and looking forward to going back to their new home with Koa, just in time for Christmas.
“They are doing brilliantly and Kian’s just thrilled to bits. They’ve received so many nice messages from fans around the world – at one stage Koa was trending on Twitter.”
Last September saw the couple, who married in 2009 in the Caribbean, posing for pics and doing an interview with OK! as they revealed their excitement about becoming first time parents. They first found out she was pregnant on April 29, the same day as Kian’s birthday and the Royal Wedding.
A proud Kian, a mentor on RTE’s The Voice Of Ireland texted the good news to friends and family before announcing the news on Twitter saying: “Our little baby boy Koa was born today at 6.10 pm. Jodi Albert is an amazing woman. Love them both so much. Both doing amazing, so proud.”
He then added: “Wow thanks guys. Amazing to see our little boy Koa is trending in the UK! And he’s only a few hrs old!!!”
His bandmates Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily were quick to follow suit as they sent their own messages of congratulations, as did wives Gillian Filan and Georgina Byrne.
Egan recently spoke of his excitement about becoming a first time dad. “I honestly can’t wait for Jodi to give birth. I want to do everything — nappies, feeds, whatever Jodi needs.”
Kian will now be able to spend lots of time with his son as Westlife are set to disband after a greatest hits album and a farewell tour next spring which will culminate in Croke Park in Dublin on June 23.
The name ‘Koa’ is a traditional Hawaiian name meaning ‘brave’ or ‘warrior’ and could stem from Kian’s much-publicised love of surfing.
Kian revealed that the couple had first come across the unusual moniker in a baby-name list and the pair both really liked it.