IRISH PRESENTER Laura Whitmore has announced she is expecting her first child with partner Iain Stirling.
The Love Island host, who lives in London but is originally from Bray in County Wicklow, took to Instagram to share the news with fans and followers today.
The announcement comes after multiple media outlets reported this morning that the TV personality had secretly married Love Island narrator Iain Stirling in a small ceremony in Dublin in November this year.
Taking to Twitter earlier today, Whitmore appeared to address the reports by writing:
"Little thought of the day... If and when I ever have personal news I want to share, I will be the one to share it".
Little thought of the day... If and when I ever have personal news I want to share, I will be the one to share it ❤️
— Laura Whitmore ⚡️ (@thewhitmore) December 16, 2020
The presenter did not directly address the rumours, but instead announced her pregnancy with a sweet message on Instagram, accompanied by a photograph of a babygro emblazoned with the phrase 'Sweet Child O'Mine, Coming 2021'.
"I’ve always tried to be protective over the personal side of my life," she wrote.
"A lot of things are just for me and my loved ones and we’ve chosen not to share publicly. However I want to now share good news as it’s our news to share," she said, joking "I’m gonna be honest it’s starting to look like my lock down beer belly is out of control.
"Iain and I are expecting a baby early 2021.
"It’s been hard to keep such happy news quiet. Especially the times when I’ve had to run out of live radio to get sick in a bin or my penchant for a bowl of mashed potato in the morning.
"I wasn’t hungover like everyone thought. In fact I was completely sober filming the entire series of Celeb Juice, which is quite the accolade!
She finished the message by asking for some privacy from the media, but that she "just wanted to spread some love and a reminder of the beauty of life".
The parents-to-be have been together for a number of years, and have made efforts to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, though they often post photographs of their life together other on their Instagram accounts.
Last year, the pair ended up working together on Love Island when Whitmore clinched the presenting job after Caroline Flack left the role.