Dancing on Ice newcomer Christine Bleakley has said that she and footballer fiance Frank Lampard might talk about marriage plans – but one subject which is off the table is that of when to have children.

The Irish TV presenter – who recently left her role on ITV’s breakfast show Daybreak and will join the celebrity skating show in January – told the Mirror that while she was enjoying playing stepmother to Frank’s daughters Luna, six, and four-year-old Isla – they had no plans to start their own family just yet.

“We never talk about that,” Christine said. “I have so many friends who have really struggled, I just have a real superstition about it. Besides, we have the girls all the time.

She also revealed that she did not meet the Chelsea star’s children until they had been together for “nine or 10 months, adding, “I didn’t want to be someone who came and went in their lives.”

However Christine now revealed she was settling in to the stepmother role. “It’s fabulous,” she admitted. “I’m starting to feel a bit more normal, it must be said.”

The 32-year-old added that while she had been sorry to leave Daybreak behind – following a very public axing which was revealed in the papers in November – there were certain aspects of the job she was not so sad to lose.

“I’m sad because I miss the people but I won’t miss the hours,” she said. “Anyone who gets up early, night-shifters, mums and dads with little ones, they all know what you’re talking about.

“You start going through that sleep deprivation thing and you start going a little bit crazy. You’re in a constant state of autopilot. I won’t miss that at all.”