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Professor Green has admitted nobody can prepare you for how "difficult" being a parent, during a frank new chat with OK!.

The 37 year old rapper, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, has told OK! about how "amazing" his baby son Slimane Ray is.

Stephen also revealed that despite his best efforts, he struggled to find advice on how to deal with becoming a dad before his girlfriend Karima McAdams gave birth to baby Slimane.

He explained: "The advice I got from people I hold in quite a high regard was all the same advice.

"They said, ‘The best advice is no advice. You'll find your feet, and just try and find your way through it [as] intuitively as you can. And we're here if you have any questions.’"

He continued: "I had so many questions, especially during the period that we've just gone through.

"Everyone, even those who would normally have support networks, have been distanced, because of what's been going on.

"People haven't had the access to the support that they would otherwise in a normal time, and I just thought, ‘Well, there's probably a lot of people who are in similar situations to me, and with perhaps even less access to support.’"

The Just Be Good to Green star has launched a group called The Unlikely Dads Club, which provides new parents with a safe space to ask any questions.

He continued: "So in the same way, I started to talk about mental health, I wanted to break all the taboos and remove all the stigmas around parenting.

"It's difficult. No one says that because they're scared to look like someone who maybe shouldn't have had a child or isn't coping.

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"No one says it's difficult until you have a child and then every other parent says, ‘It’s hard!’. And then everyone gets really honest!"

He reflected: "I didn't really know my head from my a*se if I'm honest, because I've not had any experience with children until now.

"Really, the first trial that I had experience with children was Karima’s and I guess my nephew, who was born shortly after we met. But anyway, here we are, we have our son. He's amazing and it's been a journey."

Professor Green is a patron for CALM and is working on a new campaign, You B-OKquet Mate?, which encourages men to buy flowers more often.

The star added: "Until recently, I’ve never been sent flowers – especially from a man. It makes me think, ‘Why is there a weirdness around it? And why does it have to be feminine?’”

Professor Green has created a unique floral bouquet specifically for men, in partnership with Urban Flower Company to support the Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk campaign You B’OKquet mate?. The blooms are available to purchase from UrbanFlowerCompany.co.uk.

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