Pregnant Natasha Hamilton: "My sons want a little sister!"

Published Wednesday, Apr 23 2014, 12:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Big Reunion stars Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville have opened up about their whirlwind romance and surprise baby news on ITV's Lorraine.

Atomic Kitten's Natasha and 5ive singer Ritchie announced they were expecting their first baby together at the beginning of this month.

Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville outside ITV Studios

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The couple beamed from ear-to-ear as they arrived at the ITV studios this morning (23 April). Natasha, 31, wore a figure-hugging green bodycon dress teamed with strappy sandals and a pastel blue blazer.

Meanwhile, Ritchie couldn't have looked happier to have Natasha by his side as he proudly wrapped his arms around her for photos.

Natasha, who is already mum to sons Josh, 11, Harry, eight, and Alfie, three, from previous relationships, explained that it's a miracle to be expecting again.

"I had a lot of health issues last year with my ovaries and ended up in hospital," she said. "I was really poorly, I had a ruptured cyst and lots of pain and complications so the doctor spoke to me and said I may have to have my ovaries removed at some point which was quite a shock.

Ritchie Neville and Natasha Hamilton appear on 'Lorraine' to talk about their whirlwind romance and Natasha's surprise pregnancy. Shown on ITV1 hd
23 April 2014.

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"In my head, I thought maybe that's why I had children young because in later life I was going to have health issues so it was just not on the radar," she continued. "We weren't planning a baby and then when Rich was in Austria in January we had a little cuddle…"

Natasha and Ritchie are planning to keep the sex of their baby a surprise, but Natasha said her sons are hoping for a little sister because "there's enough testosterone in the house"!

Whether it's a boy or a girl, Natasha will be ready to join Ritchie on the road if he's touring with 5ive: "I'll tag along and be the groupie!," she said.

'Keep on Movin' singer Ritchie, who has already been stocking up on plenty of baby books, explained how becoming a father for the first time will give him a new outlook on life. "It definitely is a life changer," he said. "Even just on perspectives on the world and stuff, the world's a different place all of a sudden."

Natasha Hamilton and Ritchie Neville outside ITV Studios

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Natasha Hamilton outside ITV Studios

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Natasha added: "It's lovely to see Ritchie's excitement at scans despite him calling himself 'a nightmare' who gets 'very protective'. It's just beautiful to see how excited he is and we're just really, really happy we can't wait."

The Liverpudlian star also said that her pregnancy feels different this time around: "Literally since a couple of weeks I've been very hormonal, really anxious, quite teary and just really really sick actually," she revealed.

Natasha and Ritchie found love after reconnecting on the first series of ITV reality show The Big Reunion last year.

"We were just friends," said Natasha. "We've known each other since I was 16 and he was about 19 or so. Back in the day we used to pass each other always at gigs and say 'Hi' and have a little chit-chat but we didn't know much about each other."

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