Gramps-zone As Boyzone's Mikey Graham becomes a granddad we look at other young famous grandparents
It's Gramps-zone for Boyzone's Mikey as he welcomes baby Bonnie but he's not alone among famous faces hitting that milestone at a young age
BOYZONE star Mikey Graham announced that he has become a grandfather at the age of 49 after his eldest daughter welcomed a baby girl into the world.
The Dubliner revealed that his 25-year-old daughter Hannah gave birth to a baby girl named Bonnie last month.
He wrote on Twitter: "Well guys hope your (sic) all doing well. Thankfully life has been nothing but wonderful to me the last three weeks since the birth of my absolutely stunningly beautiful granddaughter BONNIE.
"My eldest daughter Hannah brought her into the world on February 2nd and all is well."
A clearly delighted Mikey, who turns 50 in August, also poked fun at himself following the new arrival.
"Think I might possibly be the first boyband grandad, even going back as far as the New Kids On The Block. Lol. Someone else can fact check that one."
He thanked his fans for their "lovely comments", adding: "As you know I tend to be a very private man but I had to share this good news with all you wonderful fans. Nice to have some good news to share for a change."
Incidentally, we did check, and the only member of New Kids On The Block who appears to be a grandfather is Danny Wood (52), whose granddaughter Rose Elizabeth Wood was born in August 2019, just three months after the singer turned 50.
But several other stars did become grandparents like Mikey before they turned 50, and here's a few of them.
- PRISCILLA PRESLEY
When Priscilla Presley married Elvis Presley she was a young bride at the age of 22. They first met when she was in her mid-teens.
She became a grandmother at the age of 44 when her only child, Lisa Marie Presley, welcomed her own daughter.
Riley Keough (32) was the first of four grandchildren through Lisa Marie (54).
Riley's brother Benjamin (27) - Elvis's only grandson - whose dad is Lisa Marie's former husband Danny Keough, took his own life nearly two years ago.
Lisa Marie also has 13-year-old twin daughters Harper and Finley by estranged husband Michael Lockwood.
Priscilla (76) said in 2014 that she loves being a grandmother. "I do so much. Those little babies are just absolutely a joy. I would rather be with them than go to any movie or on any outing whatsoever. They are the most entertaining little beings. Never a dull moment."
- DEAN GAFFNEY
He became famous as Robbie Jackson in EastEnders and in July last year actor Dean Gaffney announced he became a grandfather at the age of 43.
The star revealed his then 24-year-old daughter had given birth to a baby daughter called Mimi.
Although Dean may be a young grandparent he has vowed that he is "the best-looking grandpa in town".
The now 44-year-old added that although he was looking forward to passing on his pearls of wisdom he would steer clear of changing nappies.
- DANNY DYER
Another EastEnders actor who also became a grandfather at the age of 43 is Danny Dyer.
His daughter Danni, who famously won I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, gave birth to a son early last year.
Father-of-three Danny (44) couldn't have been more thrilled and shared a sweet photo of the day on his Instagram page.
But he did cheekily add that it was the "second best thing to happen this week" after West Ham made it into the top four.
- WHOOPI GOLDBERG
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg was just 34 when she became a grandmother.
Now aged 66, Whoopi had her first daughter Alexandria when she was just 18 years old with her first husband Alvin Martin.
Alex became pregnant with Goldberg's first grandchild when she was just 15 years old, welcoming her daughter, Amarah Skye just after she turned 16.
Goldberg then welcomed additional grandkids Jerzey in 1995 and Mason in 1999.
Whoopi also became a great-grandmother at the tender age of 58 in 2014, when granddaughter Amarah Skye welcomed her own bundle of joy, daughter Charlie Rose.
- JIM CARREY
Canadian actor and comedian Jim Carrey was 25 when he welcomed his only child Jane, who in turn was just 22 when she and her husband learned they were expecting a son in 2010.
Jackson Riley Santana was born on February 26, 2010 when Carrey was just 47.
The 60-year-old fully embraced grandfatherhood and said that one of his favourite parts was getting to read his grandson bedtime stories.
"One of the most special moments people can have is [being] with their kids at the end of the day," he once said.
"You read that book together … a slice of heaven to me is that moment when you're both completely absorbed. I've always been good at that because I can be all the characters.
"I can really animate it so I find that, a lot of times, the kid is looking at me instead of the book. It's really fun.
"There's a lot of things I do for him - for instance, acting like a penguin and stuff."
- JAMES BROLIN
James Brolin is another member of the '47 club' to become a grandfather.
James's actor son Josh Brolin became a father when he and first wife Alice Adair welcomed their first child when Josh was just 20 years old. The couple had two children together.
James (81), who is married to singer Barbra Streisand, now has four grandchildren and admitted several years ago he'd like to spend more time with them.
"When I became a grandfather, my first reaction was, "Don't call me that!" I write it "G-Pa Jim" - but I'm warming up to it after 20 years. I'm as good a grandfather as I was a father, and I could be down there with them three times a week, but they've got their own stuff. I don't think I take them fishing as much as I could."
- NAOMI JUDD
Country singer Naomi Judd became a mother at the age of just 18 when daughter Wyonna was born, followed by another girl, Ashely.
Naomi became a grandmother at the age of 48 when Wynonna welcomed her first child, son Elijah, to the family. One year later daughter Grace was born.
Even though there was family turmoil that has caused some distance in the family, Judd (76) was very close to her grandchildren when they were g rowing up and was present for both Elijah and Grace's C-section births.
"I believe the most terrifying experience in my life thus far was watching Elijah, my first grandchild, being born," she recalled.
- CHARLIE SHEEN
Charlie Sheen was also just 47 when he became a grandad.
The former Two and a Half Men star welcomed daughter Cassandra with high school sweetheart Paula Speert in 1984.
Cassandra was 28 when she welcomed her first child, daughter Luna, with her husband in 2013.
Charlie (56) joked about his new title on the David Letterman Show when asked around that time about how he felt being a grandad.
"Me as a grandfather, Dave ... I don't know. It's like the world's going to crack in half. It's fabulous. It's just not a title I'm ready to adopt."
- DONNY OSMOND
Teen heartthrob Donny Osmond married his wife Debra in Salt Lake City in 1978 when he was just 21.
The couple went on to have five sons, Don, Jeremy, Brandon, Christopher and Joshua.
The Osmonds first became grandparents in 2005 when Donny was 48 and now have 12 grandchildren
"We officially have a dozen," beamed the 64-year-old Puppy Love singer on Instagram in January last year when announcing the latest arrival.
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