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Ray Martin reveals how becoming a grandfather has given him ’20 more years of life’

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Veteran journalist Ray Martin, 77, reveals how becoming a grandfather has given him ’20 more years of life’: ‘I see him almost every day’

Australian TV veteran Ray Martin has spoken about the profound way becoming a grandfather has changed his life.  

The 77-year-old told Woman’s Day magazine on Monday that relishes every moment spent with his daughter Jenna’s son Arlo. 

‘My grandson is four-and-a-half and he’s given me 20 years of life. We spend a lot of time together,’ he cooed. 

'My grandson is four-and-a-half and he's given me 20 years of life': Australian TV veteran Ray Martin, 77, has spoken about the profound way becoming a grandfather has changed his life. Pictured: Ray and grandson Arlo

‘My grandson is four-and-a-half and he’s given me 20 years of life’: Australian TV veteran Ray Martin, 77, has spoken about the profound way becoming a grandfather has changed his life. Pictured: Ray and grandson Arlo 

‘I see him almost every day and drop him at preschool a couple of days a week,’ he said before revealing he’s affectionately been dubbed ‘Mondo’ by little Arlo.

‘He’ll ask, ‘What are you doing, Mondo? How come you’re on the television?’ And I’ll tell him it’s just an accident,’ Martin laughed.

Elsewhere in the interview, Martin spoke about his 54-year marriage to wife Dianne, revealing that the secret to their long-lasting union is spending time apart. 

'We spend a lot of time together': Martin couldn't help but gush about his daughter Jenna's son Arlo, admitting that he sees the youngster' most every day' and 'drops him at preschool a couple of days a week'

‘We spend a lot of time together’: Martin couldn’t help but gush about his daughter Jenna’s son Arlo, admitting that he sees the youngster’ most every day’ and ‘drops him at preschool a couple of days a week’ 

‘I’ve got an amazing wife – Dianne is very independent, and she likes her own time, so during Covid [lockdown] when we were locked down for four months and we don’t often spend so much time together.’   

‘The amount of times she looked at her watch and said, ‘Isn’t it time you went somewhere?!’ I’m surprised we survived,’ he mused. 

Elsewhere, he told the publication that he doesn’t plan on ever retiring from his job before admitting he is inspired by David Attenborough, who is still working at 95.

Going strong: Elsewhere in the interview, Martin spoke about his 54-year marriage to wife Dianne, revealing that the secret to their long-lasting union is spending time apart

Going strong: Elsewhere in the interview, Martin spoke about his 54-year marriage to wife Dianne, revealing that the secret to their long-lasting union is spending time apart

Veteran: Martin is one of Australia's most iconic TV journalists, with a career spanning over 50 years

Veteran: Martin is one of Australia’s most iconic TV journalists, with a career spanning over 50 years

Martin is one of Australia’s most iconic TV journalists, with a career spanning over 50 years. 

He previously told Stellar Magazine about his incredible career and his three favourite interview subjects after years on the job, who he calls his ‘holy trinity’.

‘Sir Donald Bradman. I’m a cricket nut… it was like I’d died and gone to heaven,’ he said of his first pick, referring to the legendary batsman, who passed away in 2001. 

Familiar face: He is a five-time Gold Logie winner best known for hosting the programs The Midday Show, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes. Pictured in 2020

Familiar face: He is a five-time Gold Logie winner best known for hosting the programs The Midday Show, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes. Pictured in 2020

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