Meet baby Beau! Jamie Durie beams alongside fiancée Ameka Jane and their 11-month-old daughter in a stunning photo shoot for Woman’s Day
He became a father at just 23 years of age.
Fast forward to 2022, and Jamie Durie says he has become ‘a better dad’ the second time around.
Speaking to Woman’s Day, the TV presenter and horticulturalist, 52, opened up about his ‘new life’ with fiancée Ameka Jane, 35, and their 11-month-old daughter Beau.
‘Better dad’: TV host Jamie Durie, 52, has revealed he is a better father the second time around. (Pictured with his fiancée Ameka Jane, 35, and their 11-month-old daughter Beau)
‘A lot is going on, but life is amazing. I’ve never been happier,’ he told the magazine.
‘I’m a dad again! I always knew I’d have more kids. I guess it just needed to happen with the right person.’
The Backyard Blitz host said he was in a much better position to be a parent than he was when he became a father for the first time almost 30 years ago.
Jamie was just 23 when he welcomed daughter Taylor Durie with ex-girlfriend Michelle Glennock, a Las Vegas showgirl he met when they were both 18.
During his early years of fatherhood, he was an exotic dancer touring the world with Australian all-male stripper revue Manpower.
‘I had a suitcase in one hand and a baby in the other,’ recalled Jamie, who posed for a photo shoot for this week’s Woman’s Day alongside Ameka and their daughter.
Happy ending: Speaking to Woman’s Day, the TV presenter and horticulturalist, 52, opened up about his ‘new life’ with fiancée Ameka Jane, 35, and their 11-month-old daughter Beau
‘It was just absolute craziness. So at this point in my life, I think I’m probably a better dad now than the first time around.’
The landscape designer added: ‘Taylor is still my number one girl, but being able to be home now and spend quality time with Beau created a bond that’s like nothing I’ve felt before.’
Jamie and Ameka welcomed Beau in July 2021.
Never been happier! Jamie and his fiancé Ameka welcomed a baby girl, Beau, in July last year
‘My heart is overflowing. We are thrilled to introduce you to our beautiful baby girl, Beau Durie,’ Jamie wrote on Instagram at the time.
‘Words can’t describe how proud I am of my girls. Thank you my beautiful Ameka for bringing so much joy into our lives.’
The couple, who reportedly met in Los Angeles in 2019, had announced their engagement just months earlier, in February 2021.
Jamie had been engaged three times before proposing to Ameka, but never married.
Jamie got engaged for the fourth time to fiancé Ameka last year