As he prepares to hit the road tomorrow on the 'Big Reunion Boy Band Tour', Ritchie couldn't contain his joy as he spoke about his new family.
'Let's Dance' singer Ritchie welcomed Ella Rose with Atomic Kitten girlfriend Natasha Hamilton on 22 September, and he's been on cloud nine ever since!
Speaking exclusively to Reveal, Ritchie tells us: "I've genuinely warmed to it. It feels so natural to be a dad and I'm just genuinely over the moon. It completes you as a person and it gives you a new meaning and place in the world."
Ritchie and Natasha found love after reconnecting on the first series of the ITV reality show last year and life couldn't be more perfect.
"I can safely say I've never been happier," Ritchie declares.
First-time dad Ritchie now joins bandmates Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon in the parenting club, and he says their topic of conversation has changed to talk of kids and families.
"Scott and Sean have been intrigued because they had their newborns earlier in the year and now it's me going through the process," Ritchie continues. "I'll see Sean and his face will light up and he'll ask me how I'm finding it all. It's nice."
Scott is a proud dad to four children - sons Brennan and Kavan, and twin daughters Bobbi-Rayne and Kaydi-Rose, who he welcomed with his wife Kerry in January.
"I'm really happy that everyone in this band now has children because now they all know how I felt for so many years," says Scott. "It's all good explaining to them how being a father feels, but now it's actually happened they really know what it feels like."
Sean, who welcomed his first child, a daughter, with his wife in January, adds: "Scott had children all the way through the band, where as with me and Ritchie it's a new thing. When we first joined the show, we came into it like our teenage selves like when we had first left the band."
"5ive was everything to us when we first came into it," Sean continues. "Now, the band is a piece of our lives and our families are everything, really. So we've got a new perspective on it and we embrace what we've got."
Ahead of their 13-date UK tour, 5ive also opened up to Reveal about the shock departure of bandmate Abz Love.
Tickets for 'The Big Reunion Boy Band Tour' are now on sale via www.livenation.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk. Meet and greet packages from www.vipnation.eu. For tour details visit itv.com/bigreunion.
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