Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY MARK JEF­FERIES Show­biz Ed­i­tor

Know­ing she was hav­ing a third child via a sur­ro­gate, and with hus­band Rob­bie Wil­liams mid­way through a world tour, Ayda Field would have been quite within her rights to tell him she wanted a quiet end to 2018 at home with her fam­ily.

In­stead, am­bi­tious Ayda mas­ter­minded a multi-mil­lion-pound deal for them both to be­come X Fac­tor judges.

Cue her cur­rent life: jug­gling chang­ing nap­pies and fam­ily life with be­ing a TV judge, and check­ing Rob­bie is on top of his sched­ule and re­ceiv­ing the love and sup­port pop stars with big egos re­quire.

“It’s not like we piled too much on this year, right?” she jokes when I re­mind her of ev­ery­thing hap­pen­ing – in par­tic­u­lar the re­cent birth of Co­lette Josephine Wil­liams, or Coco, a sis­ter for daugh­ter Teddy, six, and son Charl­ton, three.

“I’m like, ‘Wow’. Rob and I are over the moon, the kids are over the moon. It’s re­ally like a bliss bub­ble right now.”

Speak­ing to Ayda at the Bev­erly Wil­shire Ho­tel in Los An­ge­les, you get the im­pres­sion she’s lov­ing life right now.

“It’s been one life-chang­ing mo­ment to an­other. We’re re­ally, re­ally ex­cited about this next step. I mean, we had this big thing hap­pen­ing af­ter we fin­ished work,” she says, re­call­ing Coco’s birth fol­low­ing The X Fac­tor au­di­tions.

“Now we’re this com­plete unit and go­ing on to this next stage. It’s just been very ex­cit­ing. It’s been lots of cake, bal­loons and bub­bles.”

Ayda did not think it was go­ing to be pos­si­ble to have an­other child when she and Rob­bie were hav­ing prob­lems con­ceiv­ing. She told ITV’s Loose Women: “I feel so, so grate­ful. I didn’t ever think this would hap­pen.

“I thought this wasn’t meant to be, but for her to be in our lives, it’s more than I can put into words.”

Pre­vi­ously a job­bing ac­tress in the US, Ayda got her break on Amer­i­can soap Days of Our Lives.

She went on to ap­pear in other US TV se­ries in­clud­ing Eve, Blue Col­lar TV, and Stu­dio 60 on the Sun­set Strip. But here we know her for mar­ry­ing Rob­bie, and as a Loose Women pan­el­list.

Even her re­la­tion­ship with Rob­bie, whom she be­gan dat­ing in 2006, took per­se­ver­ance. He fin­ished with her three times be­fore re­al­is­ing She’s the One.

At 39, The X Fac­tor is eas­ily her most high-pro­file TV gig to date. Ayda worked hard to get it and rel­ishes the chal­lenge.

“This is com­fort­ably out­side my com­fort zone. But that’s al­ways re­ally ex­cited me in my ca­reer.

“Even Loose Women was com­fort­ably out­side my com­fort zone. I’d never done live TV or pre­sent­ing. But the fun thing about be­ing cre­ative, an ac­tress, is get­ting to try new things.

“I like be­ing the un­der­dog. I’m kind of a wild­card choice and I kind of like that, ’cause it means I have to work twice as hard as ev­ery­body.”

The drive has been there since she was a teenager. Ayda was good on the track at Har­vard-West­lake School in Los An­ge­les, but would leave it un­til late in

I like be­ing un­der­dog, watch­ing com­pe­ti­tion ahead then tak­ing them on

An­nounc­ing the birth of daugh­ter Coco ATH­LETICSporty Ayda at 18 in school year­book

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