Steve Backshall talks ‘horrific and weird’ situation with family after long TV shoot

BBC Breakfast: Steve Backshall's son interrupts interview

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Deadly 60 presenter Steve Backshall, 48, has addressed a “weird” family situation after being away from home to film for his nature shows. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, the naturalist, who shares one-year-old twins Kit and Willow and two-year-old son Logan with Olympic rower Helen Glover, 34, spoke about how he felt not being able to see his family and watch his children grow up as he films in remote parts of the world for weeks on end. The wildlife expert has recently become an Ocean Hero Ambassador with Sky and WWF and delivered a petition calling for ocean recovery.

It’s horrific, when they’re that age they can change over a weekend

Steve Backshall

Speaking about his filming schedule, the BBC star addressed how he felt about not seeing his three children for prolonged periods of time.

“It’s horrific, when they’re that age they can change over a weekend so if you go away for a month…” Steve said before cutting himself off.

He continued: “Next week I will go away to the mountains to track down snow leopards.”

The explorer claimed that by the time he returns from his trip, his children will be “completely different”.

Steve explained: “I’m going to be away for a month, and I know that by the time I come back they’ll be talking, my little boy will have his first teeth, they will be completely different individuals and it will be weird.”

However, the star said that following his upcoming trip, he will be able to spend half a year at home before he embarks on his next adventure.

He said: “But I also know that after that I’ll probably have six months at home in the country, able to be a full time dad and support Helen before Tokyo [Olympic Games].”

The wildlife presenter went on to reveal that trips away from his family can be “hard”, especially if he has no communication with them.

“It depends you know, there are some places that we go to where the communication is just as good as it is right here in the UK.

“But elsewhere we can have nothing but satellite phone, no real communication with the outside world and that is hard.”

Nevertheless, the TV personality admitted that it’s all a part of of the job which he has come to accept.

“It just comes with the territory, I know that other people have it far far harder,” he continued.

Steve married the Olympic gold-medallist in 2016 and three years later welcomed their first son, Logan.

The couple met on Sports Relief in 2014, two years after Helen and her rowing partner won Britain’s first gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

In Rio de Janeiro in 2016 they took gold again, becoming the first British female rowers to defend their Olympic crown.

Last January Helen announced the arrival of twins Kit and Willow on social media with an adorable picture of tiny baby feet.

Steve has been appointed Ocean Hero Ambassador by WWF and Sky and recently delivered a petition to parliament urging for a commitment to ocean recovery.

The petition, which has over 200,000 signatures, calls on the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to make a public commitment to the recovery of our oceans.

Speaking about the petition, Steve said: “This whole movement has been really powerful and I think that it can achieve big things.

“All the other ocean heroes who have been with me today as I’ve handed over this statement of intent to the Secretary of State for the environment creates a really, really powerful voice.”

When asked whether views about nature and wildlife have changed over the pandemic, Steve said: “I think what we’re doing today is amazing evidence of that – 200,000 people stood up as ocean heroes saying that they take action for our oceans and coastlines, which is critically important

“This last year has been instrumental in that we’ve learnt to appreciate nature in ways we perhaps didn’t before.”

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