Exclusive: Jean-Christophe Novelli to become a father again at 55

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Celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli has revealed that he is to become a father again at the age of 55.

The popular TV cook and author, who has two young sons with his wife Michelle Kennedy, tells HELLO! magazine that the couple are expecting another baby boy in September.

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In an exclusive interview and photo-shoot at the family's holiday home in the Austrian Alps, Jean-Christophe, who also has a 30-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, insists he has no qualms about being an older dad, telling the magazine: "When the new baby is 20 I will be 75 but I don't see it that way. Age is just a number at the end of the day. If I compare myself to a good wine or a cheese, it's very true that the older you get, the better you are.

"I lead a much healthier life now. We are very active and I go for a run with my son Jean every morning. Michelle and I don't smoke, we don’t drink and we do a lot of sport. And there is a lot of happiness, which I think is essential in life."

Fiancée Michelle, 40, who is mother to sons Jean, 7, and Jacques, 3, tells how Jean-Christophe jumped for joy at news of the surprise pregnancy.

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"I didn't tell Jean for a couple of days; I was trying to get my head around it. When I did eventually tell him he jumped up in the air, singing and dancing. He's over the moon and the kids are really excited too."

Jean-Christophe adds: "I have always loved the idea of having three boys. I don't know why, it's what I've always wanted."

While the multi-Michelin starred chef puts his youthful looks down to his healthy lifestyle, he admits to dabbling with Botox in the past.

"I did Botox once when I was going to film in America but I ended up looking like an owl," he laughs. "That was funny. My face was very stretched and pulled up. There is nothing wrong with it but I felt a little bit odd. It was a one-off. Never again. But I still get my hair coloured."

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