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It wasn't the most romantic of first meetings – but it was technically all down to The Mirror.

Christine Lampard, then Bleakley, first met Frank Lampard back in October 2009 when they both attended the Mirror's Pride Of Britain Awards.

And they have since given a fascinating insight into the chat up line a former Premiership footballer and manager would use when he met someone that caught his eye.

"It's where she bagged me," Frank, 43, has joked about the encounter, which Christine, 42, has branded "an awkward introduction".

But actually, it was Frank who managed to impress Christine – just about – but she almost didn't give him the time of day.

Speaking on Loose Women, Christine said: "Frank came over to me and said, ‘I watch you on The One Show’".

Christine and Frank met in 2009 at the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards
(Image: Dave Benett/ Getty Images for Warner Music)

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"I said, ‘No you don’t! Who was my guest last night?’ And he was able to tell me!"

"There was an awkward introduction at the party afterwards," she added.

“I just laughed and we both giggled about it. Then that was it. He somehow got my number, and I had a withheld number call my phone on the way home. I picked up and it was him," she continued.

"I said ‘Wow, you’re keen!’ as a bit of a joke, and we chatted, and he said he enjoyed meeting me and would like to stay in touch.

Christine Lampard gave birth to son Freddie in March

"It was very relaxed."

"And then he went away with England the next day so I didn’t see him for a couple of weeks. But we spoke on the phone every single night while he was away and one night we spoke for four hours," Christine added.

"So by the time we met again which was a couple of weeks later, we’d done all the awkward chats.

"I knew straight away it could be serious because I knew we could be mates and he made me laugh and we laughed a lot on the phone," she gushed.

Christine is step-mum to Frank's daughters Luna and Isla
(Image: Instagram)

Christine, who was 29 when she met former Chelsea player and manager Frank, remarked: "I am very, very glad we met when we did, it was definitely about timing for us."

But they almost didn't meet at all – Christine she had to go straight from BBC’s The One Show, which she then co-presented with Adrian Chiles, and she came close to missing the event entirely.

But as fate would have it, she arrived in time and the pair have now been married since 2015.

Christine Lampard shared a sweet snap with her son Freddie after her first TV appearance since she gave birth
(Image: Christine Lampard Instagram)

They tied the knot six years after they first met each other, and four years after they got engaged in June 2011.

They married just before Christmas in a stunning December wedding, with Christine in a long white gown with a plunging neckline and lace sleeves, holding a bouquet of white roses.

Frank looked dapper as ever in a tuxedo with a matching white rose in his pocket.

Christine, who regularly appears on Loose Women and covers for Lorraine Kelly on daytime TV, recently welcomed their second child together, Freddie, now four months old.

Christine admitted she had felt "lonely and isolated" being pregnant in lockdown
(Image: Instagram)

The couple posted a photo of little Freddie on Instagram to announce his arrival, while Christine said: “Let us introduce you to our newest addition…Frederick (Freddie) George Lampard! We are completely in love @franklampard.”

Christine has spoken about the experience of being pregnant and giving birth while in lockdown, and admitted she felt "isolated and lonely".

"Frank was able to be there but we were very lucky, there were so many women in the early stages who didn't have that chance, just dreadful," she said.

Christine and Frank married in 2015 with the support of his daughters
(Image: Instagram)

"He wasn't able to go to the appointments leading up but he was there for the big day."

"So many people have gone through such horrific times in the past year and being pregnant in that time was unusual, you felt isolated and quite lonely," she added.

"Going to hospital for a baby is a positive thing but you did have moments where you thought, this is not ideal.

"We obviously got through it and he was there on the big day and we got out of hospital relatively quickly," she explained.

Christine and Frank welcomed baby Patricia in 2018
(Image: AMA/Getty Images)

Frank and Christine already have daughter Patricia Charlotte Lampard, who was born in September 2018.

And little Patricia is already following in her fathers footsteps.

During Christine's interview with Lorraine Kelly, after they discussed the nerves over England's Euro 2020 final match against Italy, Lorraine said: "Patricia, she plays football with her daddy?"

Christine replied: "She does, she loves football. I'm not even kidding you. Why wouldn't she? She absolutely loves football."

Little Patricia is already getting football coaching from her dad
(Image: ITV)

After watching a clip of the little one kicking the ball around with Frank, Lorraine pointed out: "Do you know what? She's got a really good wee right foot there!"

Christine said: "Do you know the really pathetic thing though, he talks to her like it's a professional premier league player.

"He tells her off like, 'no, no, one two', he does all this sort of football conversation when she's two and a half, Frank.

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"She doesn't stand a chance, she is gonna have to be a footballer."

Lorraine joked she would know the offside rule by the age of three, and all there is to know about the sport thanks to Frank's training.

Christine is also step-mum to Frank's other two children Luna and Isla from previous marriage to model Elen Rivas, and explained how being a step-mum prepared her for having her own children.

She said in 2018: "I have had the girls since they were 4 and 2 and they are 13 and 11 so I have been through all the toddler years, the primary and secondary school bit and teenagers are around the corner, that is preparation, although the baby years is all new to me!

"So I’ll take it day by day really, like every other new mum."