Just four months into their romance, Shayne Ward and Sophie Austin have announced they are expecting their first child together. The soap stars confirmed the news on social media following numerous reports of Sophie's pregnancy.
Shayne, 31, tweeted: "After much speculation I'm overjoyed to announce that @sophieaustin1 and I are expecting our first child. #blessed."
Shayne Ward and Sophie Austin are expecting their first child together
Hollyoaks actress Sophie, 32, posted virtually the same message from her own account, after it was alleged she and Coronation Street star Shayne wanted to keep the news a secret for as long as possible.
A source told The Sun: "Sophie and Shayne have been keeping the exciting news to themselves to enjoy the moment in private. But mum and baby are doing amazing and they've started telling their nearest and dearest.
Corrie star Shayne and Sophie went public with their romance in March
"They were unable to hide their joy at Shayne's music gig at Glasgow's Hamilton Park Racecourse on Saturday, chatting about the baby backstage. It's definitely shocked a few people because of how fast it's happened, but they're completely in love and are excited about becoming first-time parents."
Shayne and Sophie confirmed their relationship in March, following her split from husband Graeme Rooney after just nine months. She said in a statement: "Very sadly, my husband and I separated a little while ago. The breakdown of any long-term relationship is always difficult and this is no exception."
In 2014 Shayne – who plays Corrie's Aidan Connor – ended his decade-long relationship with Faye McKeever, just a year after getting engaged.