'Over the moon' Adele announces her pregnancy

Adele has shared some exciting news with her fans – she is going to be a mum.

In a blog post on her website, the 24-year-old singer said she and boyfriend Simon Konecki were "delighted to announce" they were expecting their first child together.

"I wanted you to hear the news direct from me," she said.

"Obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time."

Adele and Simon – founder of the Drop4Drop charity  – started dating last year. They made their formal debut together at the Grammy Awards in February.

She was recently forced to deny tabloid reports that the couple were engaged after she was seen wearing a ring to an awards ceremony.

"I'm not engaged, blah, blah," she wrote.

Simon has been married once before – he separated from fashion stylist Clary Fisher in 2008.

Adele swept the boards at the Grammy Awards after the success of her album 21, which featured songs she had written about her ex-boyfriend.

The record has earned her six Grammys, two Ivor Novello awards and two Brits and is now the fifth best-selling album in chart history.

Shortly after her Grammy success, Adele told Vogue that she was taking a hiatus of four or five years to concentrate on her romance.

"If I am constantly working, my relationships fail," she said.

"So at least I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy.

"And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch."