He welcomed the birth of his baby daughter Farrah on May 20 with his wife Jackie Belanoff Smith, at the height of Britain’s COVID-19 lockdown.
And Ben Foden, 34, was finally able to introduce Farrah to her elder siblings Aiofe Belle, eight, and Tadhg John, five – from his marriage to ex-wife Una Healy – on Wednesday, as the family reunited following several months apart.
To mark the occasion, the rugby ace took to his Instagram account to share an adorable snap of the proud dad and his three offspring relaxing on a bed together.
Family: Ben Foden, 34, was finally able to introduce his baby daughter Farrah to her elder siblings Aiofe Belle, eight, and Tadhg John, five, on Wednesday – two months after her birth
While little Farrah looking up adoringly at her famous father, the siblings rested beside Ben as they appeared to be watching TV.
Captioning the heartwarming image, which was shared on his Instagram Stories, the hunky sportsman wrote: ‘4 in the bed and the little one said.’
Ben’s wife Jackie also shared a video, which showed Aiofe doting on her little sister, adding the caption: ‘Farrah is learning how to “social smile” and is practicing on her beautiful big sister, whom she cannot stop staring at all day.’ [sic]
Adorable: Ben’s wife Jackie also shared a video, which showed Aiofe doting on her little sister, adding the caption, ‘Farrah is learning how to “social smile”‘
Together: As the girls bonded, Ben and his son watched TV during their long-awaited reunion
The family reunion comes after new mother Jackie furiously hit back at trolls she branded ‘Una-worshipping fanatics’ in an expletive-laden rant.
The entrepreneur shared a lengthy post to Instagram Stories in response to trolls who had criticised Ben for failing to see his two other children, who he shares with ex-wife Una Healy, 38.
Ben married Jackie in August 2019 after just two weeks of dating, following his split from Una in July 2018 when he confessed to cheating with publicist Becky Milne.
In a series of posts, Jackie responded to trolls’ message sent in response to a snap of her cradling her newborn daughter.
The troll asked Ben whether he would save his daughter or his eldest child Aoife, eight, who he shares with ex Una, from a burning building.
Bundle of joy: Ben and Jackie welcomed the birth of baby daughter Farrah on May 20, at the height of Britain’s COVID-19 lockdown
Angry: Earlier this summer, Jackie Belanoff Smith furiously hit back at trolls she branded ‘Una-worshipping fanatics’ in an expletive-laden rant
Jackie angrily wrote: ‘Stumbled upon this healthy lady’s request to send me a message… Nice reminder to continue to not even look at that section of messages… Jesus people are so f*****g dark and miserable… GET A LIFE.’
In a second post she then added: ‘To answer your question it’d be the same degree of difficulty as it aoife and tadhg were in the same situation and he has to choose. What an asinine f*****g question.’
Jackie then launched into an expletive-laden rant hitting back at trolls for criticising Ben, claiming he’s unable to visit his children due to flight cancellations, but he speaks to them every day.
She fumed: ‘To be clear, Ben is f*****g suffering not being able to fly back to see his kids. They were supposed to be with us in April but flights were cancelled.
Raging: The entrepreneur shared a lengthy post to Instagram Stories in response to trolls who had criticised Ben for failing to see his two children who he shares with ex-wife Una Healy
‘We are waiting and checking EVERY DAY on updates on flights btw the US and England. We are hoping to have them all summer.
‘This pandemic has force separated us. The only thing I’ve ever even seen Ben was over a video of Tadhg missing him.
‘Ben speaks to the kids EVERY DAY via. Facetime. We spend hours almost every single day playing in their virtual reality apps wih them, like Roblox. What we can do we are doing we are trying.
‘These Una-worshipping fanatics are literally the worst most hateful people I’ve ever encountered. Ben made one f*****g mistake. Move on a**holes. He is a good man. He is a loving father.
‘He made one mistake!’ Jackie also defended Ben as a ‘good father’ after he confessed to cheating on Una with publicist Becky Milne, insisting he made ‘one f*****g mistake’
‘I don’t even care about the nasty barrage of comments and dms I get from these people constantly telling me and he’ll cheat on me, that he married me for a green card, that he’s a liar etc. etc.
‘BUT LEAVE THE F*****G KIDS OUT OF IT. This one really p****d me off. (Or it’s 5am and I’m up every 2 hours breastfeeding on no sleep and very hormonal.’
Jackie’s angry post came just days after she and Ben welcomed their first child together, Farrah Abra Foden, who was born three weeks early following health complications.
Ex-England rugby international Ben first married The Saturdays singer Una in her native Ireland in 2012, after the pair dated for four years.
Doting: Jackie shared the rant after posting a snap of her cradling her newborn daughter in a new maternity shirt
The couple divorced in July 2018 after six years of marriage when Ben confessed to cheating on Una with publicist Becky Milne.
After the couple split, Ben begged Una to forgive him for being unfaithful, telling The Sun in October 2019: ‘I hope Una will forgive me. I made the biggest mistake and the most stupid mistake you can make in a relationship.
‘We seemed like a perfect match but people never know what happens behind closed doors. I think it’s safe to say that Una and I were struggling for a number of years.’
Ben added that cheating on her was ‘the final nail in the coffin’ of their marriage.
Oh baby! Farrah Abra Foden’s birth was documented on rugby ace Ben’s Instagram account
In February, he admitted cheating on Una, telling The Guardian: ‘At the moment anything that’s published about me is never very good and pretty rightly so because I was the one who committed adultery.
‘At the same time, it wasn’t the only reason for our divorce to go through. It’s not ideal, but we’re very amicable, we’re getting through it, we’re not the first people in the world to get divorced. We’ve got two little kids we adore.’
Ben married Jackie on board a luxury yacht in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in August 2019 despite the pair only knowing each other for a few weeks.
Ben revealed to MailOnline last year that he plans to move back to the UK with Jackie and buy a house together in Cheshire.
Family: Ben shares daughter Aoife, eight, and son Tadhg, five, with ex-wife Una Healy. In her post, Jackie claimed they’re in regular contact ‘every day’ despite being unable to visit
The former England full-back is supposed to be taking part in his second and final season of Major League Rugby on behalf of New York at the moment.
Instead, he and his wife spent the past several weeks isolating in quieter surroundings in nearby Connecticut, after feeling their Manhattan home.
Their unplanned move has afforded Foden time to decide whether to commit to one more campaign next year, or accept that his playing days ended abruptly, with a defeat away to San Diego on March 8.
‘I signed a two-year deal and this was my second year, but I have a visa for three years and I’m married to an American now, so I’ll be getting a Green Card,’ he told Sportsmail earlier this year.
Shotgun wedding: Ben married Jackie on board a luxury yacht in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in August 2019 despite the pair only having known each other for a few weeks at the time