Lauren Goodger is expecting her first baby with partner Charles Drury.
It’s been a whirlwind five months for the couple, who began dating last September.
Sharing her news with OK! magazine, Lauren, who has made no secret of her desire to become a mum, said: “This is where my life beings.”
As she showed off her baby bump for the first time, the ex-TOWIE star, 34, said she has a ‘strong feeling’ that she and Charles, 23, are expecting a girl – but the pair are yet to find out.
The soon-to-be parents are now making big plans for their future, with Lauren revealing she hopes to marry the electrician after lockdown is lifted.
For the full exclusive video interview where Lauren and Charles reveal exactly how they found out and what the reaction has been watch their video announcement with OK!.
After getting to know Charles as a friend first, Lauren invited him to move into her Essex pad after just three weeks of dating – with the smitten pair quickly professing their love for each other.
And with plenty of romping around her mansion, it wasn’t long before Lauren first noticed she was expecting.
“We were quite sexually active and I’m not on anything [contraceptives] and it happened very soon,” she told OK!.
Charles – who admitted to having “mixed” feelings when he heard the news – said he can’t wait to be a dad.
“Family has always been such a big thing and I’ve got friends who have done it from such a young age, and my mum had me at quite a young age as well – at 17,” he explained.
“It’s something that happened naturally and we wanted it straight away. When Lauren told me, it was mixed emotions, but something that I’d always wanted.”
Despite dating for just five months, Lauren says the pair have “been through a lot” together but are now settled.
“We’re a family now,” she added.
Lauren has been unlucky in love in recent years with failed relationships to jailbirds Joey Morrison and Jake McLean.
Her longest relationship was the 11 years she spent with teenage sweetheart Mark Wright, with whom she called off an engagement in 2011.
Following multiple heartbreaks, Lauren spoke of having a child on her own in order to achieve her dream of motherhood.
Considering her options, she told Closer magazine: “Ideally, I would like to be in a relationship, even though I feel like I’m a strong independent woman who could go it alone, being a single mum is really tough.”
Then last October, Lauren teased that she was dating again as she cheekily referred to a mystery man as her ‘morning workout’ in a very racy Instagram post.
The reality queen was careful to hide her beau’s face given the early stages of their romance but rumours linking her to electrician Charles began swirling.
The ruse was finally up when Charles shared a snap from inside Lauren’s Essex bedroom to his own social media page with the pair finally going public as a couple.
Since then the pair have been inseperable.
The duo have flaunted their love in numerous couple selfies and been snapped seemingly unable to keep their hands from each other during strolls round Lauren’s native Essex.
Before finding love with Lauren, Charles was linked to former glamour model Katie Price.
The tradesman was said to have enjoyed a fling with Katie in 2019 before moving into her mansion after just two weeks of dating.
He famously branded her a “1/10” for sex after their booze and cocaine-fuelled first romp at a spa hotel, before they split just weeks later after a messy whirlwind romance.