Meet probably the most fertile father in Great Britain, the man who is a father of 40 children to 20 different women in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.
Mike Holpin insists that he loves all of his children but is unable to name half of them, who are aged between three and 37. The 56-year-old is no longer in touch with some, while others were removed by social services thanks to his alcoholism and womanising. He has previously been jailed for burglary, car theft and drink driving, but claims to have been entirely faithful since meeting fiancée Diane.
The man, who claims his first sexual experience came aged nine, said: “I’m as fertile as sin. I don’t believe in contraception and I love sex. If the opportunity arises to have sex, I’m gonna go for it. It’s sex is all it is. You could look like the back of a bus but sex is sex. You do doggy style if she’s ugly. But I’ve always loved my kids. No one can ever take that away from me. I’m only 56, I’ll never stop having children.
In the Bible, God says go forth and multiply. I’m doing what God wants. I’ve got so much love in me for my kids, it’s spilling over. I need them more than they need me to be honest. I can’t be without them. I can’t make up for what I’ve done. All I can do is be there for them now. I’ll keep fighting. I miss all the fun we used to have so I guess getting them back, my life will be set. My life will be perfect.”
Mr Holpin is now engaged to Diane Morris, 46, who says they have a ‘great sex life’ but won’t have any more kids due to medical reasons. She said: “Mike and I have a great sex life. It used to be once a day when we got together but now we are at it like every other day. I trust Mike completely and I know his womanising days are over. We are crazy for each other.”
Although Mr Holpin has had many girlfriends, he says he is a changed character who wants nothing more than to reunite his vast brood and tie the knot with Diane – the fourth time for him. The pair are now inseparable and spend their days watching films and going for long walks. After a year Mike and Diane moved in together and got engaged.