Put it down to hormones dancing around inside you, put it down to all that time spent at home during the first year of your child’s life, whatever the reason, there’s no denying that women develop crushes on a whole new set of famous men when they become a mum. David Beckham and Daniel Craig get shoved out of the picture in favour of some rather unlikely characters – some of whom weren’t even on their radar until that point.
So here it is, the Top Five Mum Crushes 2012. Which one do you harbour secret desires for?
5. Jeremy Kyle
Yes, he’s fairly irritating in a SHOUTY way, on his ITV1 show The Jeremy Kyle Show, but there’s something about his strong jawline that some mums find attractive. And some women like that nasty image Jeremy Kyle has going on. Who are we to judge?
4. Matthew Wright
Another daytime TV star, Matthew Wright, presenter of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff has a cheeky grin that makes you think he’s been up to all sorts the night before. His involvement in a few scandals (that moment he blurted out “John Leslie” being one of them) gives him extra mum crush points. The fact that he regularly refers to Mumsnet users as “screeching harpies” makes him OK in my book.
3. Mathew Baynton
I’ve never seen CBBC show Horrible Histories myself but I’m reliably informed that mums of slightly older kids get their eye candy in the form of writer and actor Mathew Baynton. (Mathew also has the added bonus of playing Deano in Gavin & Stacey.) Everyone likes a funny man, and even though this one spends his time dressed in wigs and hats, look how hot he is in real life! He definitely gets the thumbs up from the mum brigade.
2. Ben Faulks
Ben Faulks, you ask? He looks a bit familiar, you say, but you can’t quite put your finger on where you’ve seen him. Imagine him wearing a woollen tank top and brown hat… got it? Yes, it’s Mr Bloom from the Bafta Award winning CBeebies show Mr Bloom’s Nursery. He’s good with his hands and he’s not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting a bit dirty (planting veg, I mean). When asked, last year, how he felt about his stud-status, Ben said, “I’m super-flattered that Mr. Bloom has gone down so well. I never knew a pair of wellies and a trilby could be such a winning combination.”
And the No.1 mum crush is….
1. Andy Day
You’re nodding your head and smiling, aren’t you? Mums up and down the country can’t get enough of Andy Day (or to give him his proper title: Andy from CBeebies). I’m not saying fellow presenter Sid isn’t hot too, but it’s Andy that sets mums’ pulses racing. Andy also has his own CBeebies show, Andy’s Wild Adventures (insert smutty joke here). So Andy, you are officially the No 1 mum crush 2012.