03 December 2020 08:37
Get all the jungle gossip with our regular email newsletter Yes please! Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Along with the Mobot, there's one constant at Mo Farah's record-breaking races, and that's his wife Tania. At home, the supportive mother-of-four shoulders the bulk of the childcare, allowing her husband to spend up to six months a year away training and perfecting his game. And when the I'm A Celebrity star hits the track, she's waiting at the finish line with their children Rhianna, Amani, Aisha and Hussein. Without Tania, Mo, 37, has no doubt that he wouldn't have achieved half of what he has.
"It's a good thing I have Tania. If I didn't have the family and everything, I wouldn't be where I am," he told Piers Morgan. The couple first met at school in Feltham, west London, when Tania was 11 and he was 12. He was friends with her brother and her first memory of him is as a boy with bleached-blonde hair. They became like 'brother and sister', living around the corner from each other in Hounslow and attending the same athletics club where Tania was a sprinter while Mo preferred long distance.
Mo said: "Tania was one person I'd talk to, we were really good friends, I'd go round her house, all the time I'd be on the phone to her." He was 18 by the time he plucked up the courage to ask her out - but she wasn't interested. "When she said 'no', I was like, okay, whatever, and then I lived my life, went to uni, went crazy, and then realised I still had feelings for her." They lost contact for almost eight years before Mo spotted Tania on Facebook and sent her a friend request. By that point, Tania had a two-year-old daughter, Rihanna, and said that when she and Mo finally met up, she was shocked to find that 'sparks flew'. But Mo, who by that point had carved out a successful sports career, initally took her to McDonalds for their dates because he didn't want her to know how well off he was. "I just wanted to test her," he explained. But Mo and Tania were the real deal and one night while watching EastEnders, he popped the quesion. "It was in the living room, we were watching TV, and I'm like, 'I want to marry this girl', and I just asked her if she'd marry me," he revealed. "She was like, 'Are you serious?'" Want all the latest gossip straight from the jungle? Head on over to Mirror Online's dedicated I'm A Celebrity... *I'm A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV Sir Mo Farah's family home looks like a holiday villa I'm A Celebrity star Mo Farah has an outdoor pool at his Surrey home While Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah is experiencing the I'm a Celebrity castle, he has left behind a rather grand residence of his own in Surrey. The runner lives with his wife Tania, daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani and son Hussein. The huge property has a massive garden and a very luxurious outdoor pool – and you won't believe where Sir Mo keeps his treadmill... REVEALED: I'm a Celeb's Giovanna Fletcher's home has changed since she's been away WATCH: Mo Farah has a treadmill in his living room! When wife Tania posted an Instagram ad about cleaning, we were able to look inside the family's kitchen. The video revealed a large marble island, built-in white cupboards and a display area with glass shelves and ornaments. Mo commends Tania for looking after the household: "I don't know how she does it." Mo and Tania in their modern family kitchen In an interview with Athletics Weekly, Mo shared an insight into home life: "We're lucky that we have space in our back yard so we can do stuff with the kids." Mo Farah and his kids enjoy using the large garden for football and games His London home boasts a huge garden which we have seen on his son's Instagram page and clips of Mo's YouTube videos reveal the family utilising the impressive outdoor pool. MORE: See inside the incredible homes of the I'm A Celebrity contestants Mo's wife Tania enjoy a dip in the family's pool REVEALED: Mo Farah's wife Tania shared unseen wedding snap MORE: Top tips for running a fast 10K from Mo Farah himself In a video Mo shared on his YouTube channel, the athlete showed off his Fifa computer game skills while in his living room. Behind the star, we could see his modern L-shaped sofa and a collection of his trophies along the windowsill. In another celebration of his achievements, photographs of Mo in his running kit are hung upon the walls. Mo shared a glimpse into his living room where he also trains One corner of Mo's living room is his gym set-up, with a rowing machine and treadmill. In the Athletics Weekly interview, Mo confessed: "Most people like to go outside, and they can't stand the treadmill. But for me, I love the treadmill. The kids are always in here now, sometimes hanging upside down from the treadmill!" Tania also uses the treadmill in the living room Mo, who was knighted as Sir Mo Farah in 2017, has travelled around the world attending training camps, and the family even relocated to Portland, Oregon at one point. The pandemic has allowed him to spend an extended period of time at his family home in London. Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.