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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his fiancée Mara Lane are expecting their first baby: 'The best present'

Sharnaz Shahid

Congratulations are in order as Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his fiancée Mara Lane are expecting their first baby together! The Hollywood star's partner confirmed the happy news with a series of beautiful pictures, which she shared on Instagram on Monday.

The first image sees Mara compare her blossoming bump to Santa Claus' belly in a Christmas themed photoshoot. She simply captioned the picture with, "#IncomingPackage best present," alongside the hashtags, #ThankYouLord and #SantaBelly.

Another photograph sees Mara posing next to a decorated Christmas tree, dressed in a chic maternity number. "Our other official prego wego dress," she wrote. "Found in #Amsterdam #Noordermarkt for 15 euros. Every other day I dunno as I have other dresses but Baby likes these ones ... is super conscious, connected & aware. Has not let me eat much meat entire pregnancy either ... has me thinking about things I'd rather live in ignorance to." [sic] She added: "Angel alien baby about to rock my world I already know. I'm thankful for my soon to be best teacher and friend."

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Earlier this year, the couple - who have been together since 2013 - sparked speculation that they have secretly got married after Mara - who is an American actress and producer - changed her name on her Instagram profile to Mara & Toco Lane Rhys Meyers.

And this news will no doubt be a welcome surprise for the Tudors actor. The 39-year-old is currently in recovery after years of battling alcohol addiction. It is thought that his fiancée has significantly helped the star on his journey - Jonathan had been sober for four years before suffering a relapse last year, he later apologised to fans through Mara's Instagram account.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers and his fiancée Mara Lane are expecting their first baby

He wrote: "Mara and I are thankful for your support and kindness during this time. I apologizes [sic] for having a minor relapse and hope that people don't think too badly of me." The star continued: "I am on the mend and thank well-wishers and sorry for my dishevelled appearance as I was on my way home from a friends and had not changed. I feel I made a mistake and feel quite embarrassed but this was just a blip in my recovery otherwise I'm living a healthy life."

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