X Factor’s Cher Lloyd has announced she’s expecting her first baby later this year.
The singer, who made the final of the 2010 series, shared the news online today.
And as well as the big baby announcement, Cher also revealed plans to return to music after some time out.
Cher’s debut album Sticks + Stones was released in 2011 before aptly titled follow up Sorry I’m Late dropped three years later.
In a post on her social media accounts today, Cher said: “I know it seems like I’ve been quiet for a while but I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you all up to speed on what I’ve been up to over the last year.
“I decided to take some time away from the public eye to focus on what really matters and get back to what I truly love doing.
“As you all know, making music and singing is where it all began for me, it’s what makes me truly happy, and I wanted to get back to that happy place once again, enter the studio and focus on simply making great music for you all.
“I’m so happy to announce that I now have a collection of amazing new songs (that I cannot wait to share with you all!), but also, there’s another reason why I’m writing to you today and that’s because I am beyond thrilled to inform you all that my husband Craig and I are also expecting our first child in May!!!”
Cher, who was mentored by Cheryl on The X Factor in 2010, went on: “We are absolutely over the moon to share this news with you all.
“I am so excited to enter this new chapter in my life, surrounded by family I love, a supportive team around me and with music I’ve worked super hard on and am so excited and proud to reveal to you later in the year.
“And now we’re going to have a little baby to enjoy this experience with us along the way!
“Thank you all for being so patient, as you now know, I’ve been a busy little bee but I promise it’ll be worth the wait!”
The 24-year-old concluded: “I’m excited for all that 2018 has in store for me and I can’t wait to see you all very soon!”
Cher finished third on The X Factor in 2010 behind Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and eventual winner Matt Cardle.