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Exclusive! Baz Ashmawy admits he struggles to juggle the demands of tv and family..

The tv star admitted it's "very hard"

Baz Ashmawy, the star of Sky TV’s hit series 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy, has revealed to VIP that he’s finding it hard to juggle family and work life.

Baz is excited to explore his roots
Baz is learning to cope with his busy work and personal life

We caught up with Baz for a chat at the RTE2 entertainment schedule launch in Donnybrook today, and he opened up about how he tries to find the right balance.

“It’s very hard; we try and spend as much time with the kids but I’ve been very busy – so I’ll whip them off somewhere soon. Sometimes I feel so guilty – I brought one (of his girls) in to buy shoes the other day and tonight I’m bringing someone else to buy new shoes so basically I’m just buying shoes for small people.” Money well spent Baz!

Baz is set to explore his Muslim heritage in an eye-opening documentary series for RTE2. “The Lost Muslim”

Baz Ashmawy with Tanja and daughter Hannah
Baz Ashmawy with Tanja and daughter Hannah

Although it is still in the production process, we are excited to see that Baz will get to reveal his softer side. Ashmawy feels strongly about the subject of religion and hopes the making of this fly-on-the-wall documentary will help him re-connect with his spiritual beliefs.

“I’m spiritually lost” he revealed to VIP revealing how he was brought up with Muslim and Catholic beliefs and is still trying to understand the Muslims beliefs.

The RTE star admits there’s a lot of Muslims in Ireland, there is an awful lot of confusion surrounding their belief systems and is he is sick of explaining it.

“I haven’t been to Cairo a lot, and it has changed!” he said. “My sister can’t go to certain cafes because she wears a jawab.. it has taken a different tilt. I feel a huge connection with Egypt.”

We can expect to see more of a serious side to Baz soon
We can expect to see more of a serious side to Baz soon

And can we expect more family members to make a cameo in his new TV venture? “Yes my sister may be joining us from Cairo, I’m really excited about that,” he gushed.

While the RTE star is happy to include his nearest and dearest in telly projects, most famously his mum Nancy, the proud dad admitted he would be apprehensive about his kids following in his showbiz footsteps.

“I’d just want them to do whatever they really want to do in life, but it’s a tough business, so I don’t know if I’d encourage them,” he said.

“Anyhow we’re like the less attractive Kardashians.- I’m not sure if people would warm to that!”

Meanwhile, Baz is getting set to wed his long term love, Tanja Evans. The couple have been together since 2006 and are parents to five-year-old Hannah and three-year-old Mahy, while Tanja is also mother to Charlotte (18), Harry (17), Jake (13) and Amelia (11) from a previous relationship.

The happy couple
The happy couple are busy planning their nuptials

He revealed there is “no wedding plans yet- but its high on the to do list”. The presenter is very clearly smitten with Tanja, as he explained that she is “very different” to any other woman he has ever met.

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