Pregnant Stephanie Davis looks happy and relaxed in new photo (after another week of drama...)

Published Wednesday, Jun 15 2016, 09:10 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
She's had a difficult time lately so many of Stephanie Davis' fans were happy to see a new photograph of her overnight, showing the ex-Hollyoaks actress laughing and smiling.

Stephanie, 23, shared the image to Twitter on Tuesday (14 June), alongside the caption: "Laughter is good for the soul."

Stephanie Davis shares photo from restaurant, 14 June 2016

© Twitter / @stephdavis77

The brunette actress is expecting her first child, but the pregnancy hasn't been plain sailing, as ex-boyfriend Jeremy McConnell has publicly cast doubt on whether he's the father. Stephanie has also been targeted by online trolls, including one who accused her of faking the pregnancy.

So it's understandable many of her supporters were happy to see the new photo of a smiling, relaxed-looking Stephanie, out for a meal with friends.

Stephanie announced in May that she's pregnant with her first child, but ex-boyfriend Jeremy has publicly cast doubt on whether he's the father.

Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell in CBB
24 February 2016

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Steph and Jez grew close on CBB.

Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell reunite after CBB
9 Feb 2016

© Twitter / @jezzamcconnell

They began dating after the show.

Jeremy gave an interview to Irish magazine TVNow, claiming: "I'm not going to be a dad. If she is pregnant, it's not mine. If I was a dad, I'd be 100% no, 110%, the best dad in the world. But you'll see in the future that it's not my kid, and she'll look like a mug."

"Look, if she is pregnant it's not my kid. She had her period. We had been broken up."

CBB Day 26: John McCririck talks to Jeremy McConnell about Stephanie Davis
Bit On The Side
1 Feb 2016

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Jez has denied being the baby's father.

Stephanie hasn't directly responded to Jeremy's allegation, but she did like a tweet that read: "He's just an ill informed idiot. He thinks it's not his and it is. He's going to look the mug."

Earlier this week, the actress - who met Jeremy in the Celebrity Big Brother house - hit back after a "troll" sent her a message declaring: "You're not even pregnant. We're all just waiting for the inevitable 'miscarriage horror' story. You're a mess."

Stephanie Davis hits back at Twitter troll about pregnancy - 13 June 2016 - DO NOT USE

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"Absolutely disgusting!" fumed Stephanie. "This is why I'm not sharing any photo [sic] as there's so many vile people! I've been under enough stress."

She was backed up by CBB co-star Christopher Maloney, who tweeted: "This is disgraceful-leave her alone! These #trolls need to be stopped not big or clever targeting a pregnant women! She's been through an awful time! But is in a good place atm - why try to drag her back down she's PREGNANT! (sic)"