Kate Winslet sparks pregnancy rumours

Gemma Strong

It's not unusual for photographers at the Oscars to capture candid moments between the stars – but new pictures of Kate Winslet chatting to Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson at the awards have garnered more interest than most.

The series of images appear to show 40-year-old Kate sharing some exciting news with her friends, sparking speculation that the actress is pregnant with her fourth child.

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Kate Winslet seemed to be sharing exciting news with Cate and Brie

Kate, Cate and Brie can be seen chatting and laughing together in a circle, before Cate reacts with surprise and excitement to something Kate has said. She then leans in to place her hand on Kate's stomach, before Brie gives the star a big hug.

Fans immediately began to wonder whether or not the photos actually show Kate sharing news of a pregnancy with her fellow actresses – although their excitement might be premature.

According to TMZ, a source close to Kate has said that she "is not with child, she was simply showing off the material on her dress to the ladies".

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Kate and her husband Nick Rocknroll are parents to two-year-old Bear

Kate is a mother to three children. She has a 15-year-old daughter Mia with ex-husband Jim Threapleton, and a 12-year-old son Joe with her second ex-husband Sam Mendes. She also has a two-year-old son Bear Blaze with her current husband Ned Rocknroll.

The couple, who prefer to stay out of the spotlight, tied the knot in December 2012 and welcomed their little boy in December the following year.

It was a special night for Kate; although she missed out on the Best Supporting Actress award, she was there to see her best friend Leonardo DiCaprio win his first Oscar.

Kate, who posed with Leo on the red carpet ahead of the awards, is the actor's biggest fan, and with tears in her eyes she beamed with pride as he gave his acceptance speech.

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