Adam Lyons was dubbed ‘the luckiest man alive’ because of his unusual living arrangements with his two girlfriends Brooke Shedd and Jane Shalakhova in Austin, Texas.
At the time, Adam and Brooke had son, Dante, two, together but now the throuple are expecting a baby boy with Jane.
Adam, 36, from east London, says: “It’s so sweet that we all get to parent and raise the kids together.
“We have talked about it at length and we all consider ourselves parents to the children. With the kids, our titles are officially ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ and ‘Mum’.
“For us, three definitely works better than two.”
In fact the threesome believe their unusual arrangement could be the future of relationships and parenting.
Adam, who runs his own business consulting company ‘Psychology Hacker’, says: “For us, three people works because it enables us to manage daily life so much better.
“So many of our friends are in ‘normal’ two-person couple relationships with kids, jobs and all the other typical responsibilities and I see them struggling to juggle their lives. It’s difficult with two people.
“But with three parents, we always have the ability for one person to look after the kids and as a result, we never begrudge each other anything because we all have lots of time.
“With three people, it’s logistically so much easier to handle all those things – we share out the responsibilities and it fits our sexual preferences too.
“When Brooke, Jane and I first came out about our relationship, we had some criticism and certain people said we wouldn’t last.
“But we’ve been going for five years now. What we have is not a fling or a phase, we’re a real family with healthy, happy kids. Our son Oliver doesn’t even recognize what is ‘unusual’ about our family.
“This should be the future of relationships, where people are able to enjoy love in any way they feel works. Three people and three parents makes so much sense to us.”
Indeed pregnant mother, Jane, 27, says that she never wanted children until she realised how much easier it was with three parents.
Jane, who also works with Adam in his business consulting company, explains: “When I had boyfriends before, I never wanted or cared about kids.
“Growing up, I always thought that when you had a baby, you became a slave to your child. You see a lot of parents struggling.
“But raising Dante with Adam and Brooke and watching him grow up with three parents around – I realise we could do it as a family. With three parents around, it’s so doable.
“With three parents, we can still have a social life, make time for one another and share the parenting tasks so you don’t end up like the typical sleep-deprived mum! With two partners, there’s so much help and I’ll never have to leave my kids with someone I don’t trust.
Bisexual Brooke, 28, – who also has son, Oliver, seven, from a previous relationship – says: “I’m so excited for Jane’s pregnancy – I love talking to her bump. I’ve always wanted four sons so this is a dream come true.
“I think our good parenting is one of the sexiest things about our relationship. It’s incredible to see Adam and Jane with the kids and how we share all the responsibilities.
“We definitely want a few more kids and I would love to have a wedding to show my commitment to Adam and Jane.
“Oliver says he would like to get married someday too and he knows three people can be really happy together in a relationship. We’re setting a good example.”
Adam, Jane and Brooke all live together on a large plot of land with two separate houses – one of which they use as an office and one of which Brooke uses as a home school where she plans to teach all the trio’s children.
Bisexual Jane says: “We love living and working together – the family house is a one-minute walk from our office.
“Adam and I can have meetings in the office and head back home for lunch with Brooke and the kids. It allows us to spend more time together. I love coming home and getting a kiss from Brooke, Dante and Oliver!