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LIFE is far from dull for former X-Factor contestant, Wagner, as he reveals he is having a baby with a fan 36 years his junior, is rubbing shoulders with a Hollywood movie star and is getting set to move back to Dudley.
The News caught up with Wagner and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Lydia Longville, in Bewdley, after the couple announced they are expecting a baby boy in three months time.
The 56-year-old singer can remember the exact date he first saw Lydia, when he performed at The River Rooms in Stourbridge on December 28, 2010 following his stint on the hit ITV talent show.
Wagner said: “We were introduced by my good friend and black belt student, Vanessa Stokes, who brought Lydia to the gig.
“She is a karate instructor as well, so straight away we had something in common.
“After that I got to know her a lot better and I had no doubts about her.
“She is a pretty girl of good character.
It is important that people have good character. It is fundamental.”
Lydia, from Wordsley, who runs The Bonsai Black Belt Academy at The Wordsley School, is due to give birth to their first baby on November 23, and the couple have already chosen a name for their son – Leon Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho.
Wagner said: “We wanted a strong name. Leon is Spanish for lion and it begins with ‘L’ like Lydia. So he will be our little lion Wagner.”
Lydia, who backed Wagner on Facebook during his X-Factor appearance and had her own ‘Wagner’ t-shirt, admitted her family were shocked at their relationship at first, but are now fully supportive and added they were both thrilled with the “really lovely comments” from the public since their news broke.
She said: “Things have been great between us.
“The first time I met him I thought he was better looking in person.
“My family are supportive of us and they have been spoiling the baby already. Every time I see them I come back with more bags.”
The loved-up pair also dismissed the large age gap, with Wagner adding:“36 years is nothing. The year is 2012 after Christ. There were thousands of years before that, so what is 36years? It is nothing”.
Work is also continuing to keep Wagner busy. As well as performing gigs throughout the country, the entertainer is soon set to hit television screens in a new telecommunications TV advert.
Filmed recently in London,Wagner stars in the advert alongside a well-known Hollywood actor, but remained tight-lipped on who.
But with just weeks left untilthe baby’s birth, the couple are now busy house-hunting in Dudley, after the singer confessed he missed the town.
Wagner, who moved from Pensnett to the Worcestershire countryside earlier this year, said: “Living here is not practical with a baby on the way. We want to be closer to Lydia’s family, so they can support her. She has three sisters, parents and grandparents who will help and we want to be settled before he arrives.
“It has been very beautiful to move to the countryside but it is not practical now. Circumstances have changed. To be honest, although I loved watching the wildlife and I get pheasants in the garden, deer, badgers and birds of prey, I miss Dudley all the time.”
Click the link below to watch the full video interview with Wagner and Lydia.