The Celebrity Baby Boom
WITH Hollywood’s hottest couple Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcoming a baby girl into the world, the celebrity baby season is now in full bloom with a constant series of baby announcements occurring in the past fortnight. Here is all you need to know with our exclusive run down.
Dawn O’Porter and Chris O’Dowd
Two years into their seemingly perfect marriage, Chris O’Dowd and his wife Dawn O’Porter have finally announced they are ensuring their natural comic streak is to transcend another generation! Dawn and Chris made a splash with their announcement, availing of the international trending ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge to announce their imminent arrival. After being doused with freezing water by his wife, Chris took his turn to nominate his future son or daughter to take the challenge as he panned the camera to Dawn’s burgeoning tummy. 35-year-old Dawn lost her own mother at a very early age to breast cancer so we hope their happy news will be the first of many for one of our favourite celebrity couples!
William and Kate
Our favourite Royal Duchess caught us all unexpectedly, with the announcement from Clarence House that Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge and husband Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge are expecting twins. As with her first pregnancy, Kate Middleton is being treated for acute morning sickness which disrupted her first solo overseas tour to Malta with husband William stepping when she was deemed too unwell to travel. With their announcement coming fast on the heels of the Scottish Independence referendum which was growing in contention, the Royal couple were widely accused of attempting to rig the vote with their baby news, in a bid to save the Union of Great Britain.
Prince William very astutely thanked members of the media and public for their well-wishes upon the news of their imminent arrival but suggested more weighty domestic and international news should merit greater focus from the media. Though the royal couple, in a break with royal tradition, embraced parenthood without the help of a nurse upon the birth of Prince George, it seems they have changed their mind with reports filtering out they plan to employ someone to take over the night feeds. We can’t wait for the Great Kate Wait to take hold, believed to be kicking off around Easter time with baby Cambridge No.2 and No.3 set to transform the British Monarchy’s line of succession once again.
Ben and Úna Foden (nee Healy)
The Saturdays Irish songstress was another to jump on the baby news bandwagon of late, with husband Ben and Úna choosing to announce their happy news via the singer’s Instagram account. Una shared a heart-warming snap of daughter Aoife Belle holding her arms above her head and wearing a T-shirt that read ‘I’m going to be a big sister’.
Una captioned the picture of the two-year-old: ‘I know lots of people have been guessing and Ben and I can now confirm that Aoife is going to have a baby brother or sister next year!!! We’re all very happy.’ The couple welcomed their first baby in March 2012 and later married in a lavish ceremony in Úna’s native Thurles, in Tipperary. The 32-year-old was recently spotted being the only band member to not wear a crop top on their current Greatest Hits tour of the UK and Ireland, which was enough to kick off the rumour mill.
Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman
Managing to keep her growing bump under wraps until the seven-month mark, actress and novelist Amy Huberman and retired international rugby star Brian O’Driscoll are currently expanding their Goatstown home to make way for their new bundle of joy in November. Humorous tweeter Amy took to Twitter to officially announce the news with an OOTD picture, listing out her clothes and accessories and leaving a final shout out to husband Brian for the bump she was bearing.
Baby O’Driscoll will be have a lot to live up in terms of his or her arrival if he or she hopes to compete with big sister Sadie’s entry into the world. The couple’s first daughter was born just six hours before O’Driscoll captained Ireland in their victorious Six Nations clash with England in February 2013. Brian spectacularly dashed to Dublin’s Holles Street Hospital to be by Amy’s side and spending a few hours with his new-born before having to leave again to do battle in the Aviva Stadium. Like water off a duck’s back!
Beyonce and Jay Z
With rumours of marriage troubles rife since lift-gate, Beyoncé and Jay Z are quelling the gossip with suggestions their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, is set to become a big sister in the imminent future. It appears the Carters have travelled to the South of France to celebrate Beyoncé’s 33rd Birthday and at the same time, decided to renew their marriage vows. A sure sign that love is very much still on top in the Carter household, pregnancy seems like the very obvious next announcement meaning we’re watching this space!
In August 2011, the couple attended the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, in which Beyoncé performed ‘Love on Top‘, starting the performance saying “Tonight I want you to stand up on your feet, I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me“. As she finished, true to form, Beyoncé grabbed the attention of the world by dropping her microphone, unbuttoning her blazer and rubbing her stomach, confirming her pregnancy. Her pregnancy announcement was listed in the Guinness World Records for the ‘most tweets per second recorded for a single event.’ With a history of miscarriages and rumours their marriage is based purely on commercial gain, we truly hope a baby announcement will prove to the eyes of the world that the Carters are nothing but ‘Crazy in Love.’
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Seemingly a celebrity who happily chooses to copy everything Kate Middleton does, Kim Kardashian dropped the biggest hint yet that her and new husband Kanye are soon to offer their one-year-old daughter North a sibling. While promoting the family’s clothing line Kardashian Kollection in Australia, Kim once again stated she would love to have another baby in the near future saying “I hope so. We’re trying. I guess it’s all in God’s hands.” Now we don’t want to tempt fate but this is what older sister Kourtney said earlier this year so perhaps Kim is already carrying a companion for sister Kourtney and Scott Disick’s imminent arrival. With Kanye’s tour of Australia complete, the newlyweds will have a lot more time to spend down under – pun very much intended!
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