The former TOWIE star had a very special Mother's Day on Sunday as she announced to fans she's expecting her first child.
Maria and pro BMX racer boyfriend Kelvin Batey shared their happy news via a cute Twitter post, featuring a photo of them wearing identical shoes, alongside a mini baby pair of shoes. And, of course, Maria's beloved dog Dave!
The caption read: "As it's Mother's Day, @KelvinBatey555 and I are pleased to announce a new addition is on its way later this year."
Kelvin shared the same image to his Twitter page with the message: "Really looking forward to finally filling these shoes later this year. So happy and proud of @MariaFowler."
Maria's happy news comes two months after she hinted at being ready to settle down in a Twitter post. She had posted a quote that read: There comes a point in life where fun no longer means clubbing, drinking or being out til 4am, or thinking about yourself!
"Fun means Disney movies, family dinners, bedtime stories, long cuddles, a messy house, sleeping by 10pm and hearing little voices say, 'I love you,' Becoming a parent doesn't change you, it makes you realise that the little people that YOU created deserve the very best of your time..."
Maria and Kelvin have been dating since the middle of last year, and Maria certainly seems head over heels in love. She said in October last year: "This beautiful, kind talented human. I don't want to be one of those that posts my relationship all over here but I never thought I would find someone like this such an honest, loyal, kind, gentleman. I'm very lucky."
The former TOWIE star – who previously dated ice hockey player James Morgan and footballer Lee Croft – was inundated with congratulatory messages from fans and friends, including Essex stars Lydia Rose Bright and Lauren Pope.
Maria shot to fame on The Only Way Is Essex alongside Lauren Pope, starring on the reality show for three series from 2010 to 2011.
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