EastEnders actor Danny Dyer married Joanne Mas in 2016, but the couple have been an item since their schooldays
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Danny Dyer has admitted he has “resented” being with his wife since his teens and becoming a father at 18 – but he has “grown to love” his daughter.
The EastEnders actor, 44, married childhood sweetheart Joanne Mas in 2016, but the couple – who have kids Dani, 25, Sunnie, 14, and eight-year-old Arty – have been an item since their schooldays.
While Danny says a long-term relationship is a “beautiful thing”, he thinks it is “cruel” only being allowed to have sex with one person for the rest of his life.
He said: “I’ve been with the same bird since I was 13 years of age. It is rare and it is a beautiful thing, but it does come with its hiccups.
“I was with someone from the age of 13 and I was never single. I became a father at 18 and then of course I wanted to get all that madness out of my system. I resented it in a way. Not you [Dani], because I grew to love you.
But in general, it’s a bit like, ‘Oh f**k.’
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“Because the idea of being with the same person and having sex with one person for the rest of your life is a bit cruel isn’t it? I just think about the idea of free love. If you were around in the 60s.”
Danny admits he “only really recently” managed to get his “s**t together” when he reached his forties.
Over the years there have been reports of indiscretions by Danny over the years and he was reportedly thrown out by Joanne several times before she proposed on Valentine’s day in 2015.
Danny said: “I think older men grow up slightly. You’ve got to hit 40 when they really think, ‘What the f**k have I been doing for 20 years?’
“The majority of men, it takes a long time for us to get our s**t together. It was only really recently. I was a crank for many, many years.
“I’m always going to have that crankiness, but I suppose I can contain it now.”
The Wall host admits becoming a grandfather aged 43 in January – when Dani gave birth to her son, Santiago – has helped to make him feel “very grateful” for his life.
Speaking on his and Dani’s Sorted with the Dyers podcast, he added: “I suppose you change, you have different wants and needs.
“You want to go out and be crazy and do mad things and f**k the world and f**k the system, and then you stop that. And that comes with becoming a grandfather.
“And the idea of looking around me and being very grateful for everything around me. That takes a while for a man.”
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