CRISTIANO Ronaldo’s confused children asked “Where’s the other baby?” when his fiancée returned home with just one twin.
But while the couple’s daughter Bella was born healthy, her brother Angel never made it.
The Man Utd star, 37, recalled: “Gio arrived home and the kids start to say where’s the other baby, where’s the other baby?”
And he revealed how he cried with his eldest, Cristiano Jr, 12, as he broke the news in his bedroom.
But his younger children — Eva and Mateo, five, and Alana Martina, four — took longer to process the news, he said.
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He told Piers: “The other ones in the beginning, around the table, the kids start to say “Mom where is the other baby….’ …and after one week I say let’s be up front and let’s be honest with the kids, let’s say that, Ángel, which is his name, he go to the Heaven.”
Six months on, Ronaldo also told how Angel remains part of their daily life.
He said: “The kids understand, we had shouts around the table and they say “Daddy I did this for Ángel” and they point to the sky. Which I like the most because he’s part of their lives. I am not gonna lie to my kids, I say the truth, which was a difficult process.”
As the family mourned their loss, Ronaldo said it brought him closer to his children and ex-Gucci store worker Georgina who he met at an event in Madrid in 2016.
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He added: “In some way, I became more of a father, more friendly with them; they become more close to their daddy, and me with Georgina as well.”
Piers asked: “I was going to ask you that because these things can make or break relationships.
“Because the grief can be so intense, it can drive couples apart or bring them closer.”
Ronaldo responded: “In my case it was better. I became more friendly with Gio. I was of course a friend but I feel more love for her and for my kids and I start to see life with a different perspective.
“It was the most difficult moments, the last six months, since my dad died.”
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The Portuguese striker revealed he keeps the ashes of his son close, having created a chapel in the basement, where the remains of his dad Jose Dinis Aveiro — who died in 2005 from liver failure — are also kept.
Devout Catholic Cristiano said: “His ashes are with me, like my Daddy, they are here in the house.
“It is something that I want to hold for the rest of my life and not throw to the ocean or to the sea. I keep with me. They are next to my dad. I have a small church downstairs, a chapel, and I keep my daddy and my son there.”
When asked by Piers if he talks to them, the emotional star said: “Yes I do…all the time and they are on my side. You know they help me to be a better man, to be a better person, to be a better father.
“And it’s something that I am really proud of… the message that they send me, especially my son.”The Portuguese ace, 37, recalled: ‘Gio arrived home and the kids start to say where’s the other baby, where’s the other baby?’[/caption] Cristiano tells Piers the tragedy brought him closer to his children and ex-Gucci store worker Georgina who he met at an event in Madrid in 2016[/caption]
Further extracts from Piers’s world exclusive interview will be aired on TalkTV tonight.
Ronaldo and Georgina, 28, had revealed they were expecting a twin boy and girl in October 2021.
Speaking for the first time publicly about April’s tragedy, Ronaldo said: “Piers, probably the worst moment that I passed through in my life, since my father die.. when you have a kid, you expect that everything will be normal, and you have that problem, it’s hard, you know, as human being, that I and Georgina we had quite difficult moments because we don’t understand why it happened to us.
“Was very, very difficult to understand what’s going… in that period of our life.”
He told how despite his grief, his hectic football schedule continued, and it was only the love of his family who got him through.
He said of Georgina: “We had the difficult moments but we said ‘Listen, we have more kids, we have one that was born, Bella that we have to be happy too’.
“It’s crazy. I tried to explain sometimes to my family and even my close friends.
“I say, I never felt to be happy and sad in the same moment. I never felt. It is hard to explain.
“So difficult. It’s, you don’t know if you cry, you don’t know if you smile because it’s something that you don’t know how to react.
“You don’t know what to do to be honest. And of course I remember very well that I looked like — I don’t know the word to define what I felt in that moment.
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“But it’s crazy feelings, it’s crazy emotional. But as I told you before, I have to hold that we had at least Bella. One died and one survived, but it was, it’s difficult to explain.”
Before Georgina fell pregnant, Ronaldo was already a dad of four, with three of his children born to two surrogate mothers. He described Bella, now six months, as a “spectacular, beautiful girl” who the whole family is very proud of, adding: “I am so, so happy”.The Manchester United striker revealed he keeps the ashes of his son close, having created a chapel in the basement[/caption] The Portuguese legend told how despite his grief, his hectic football schedule continued, and it was only the love of his family who got him through[/caption] Cristiano with Georgina in 2019[/caption]