Cheryl’s BABY NEWS
‘i’m nervous & EXCITED’
My privacy is very intentional
Rifling through her purse while standing at the Mothercare counter, the photo of Cheryl’s mum Joan Tweedy buying baby items seems to be the confirmation the world had been waiting for that Cheryl could be pregnant with her first child.
While Cheryl, 33, has neither confirmed or denied the claims, it comes after weeks of speculation. Firstly, the star’s 1D boyfriend Liam Payne, 23, changed his Twitter profile bio to read ‘luckiest man in the world’, then Cheryl revealed a new healthy look in her latest L’oréal advert. And sources tell Look she’s ready to move into the next stage of her life – with some major plans.
‘Cheryl and Liam are planning an incredible future together and can’t wait to start a family and life as a married couple,’ says a pal.
Insiders tell Look Cheryl is ‘nervous and excited’ about tying the knot with Liam – who officially confirmed they were dating in February – and is secretly planning their nuptials.
While it might seem speedy, Cheryl is said to want a guest list of 200, with her closest showbiz pals involved. This comes after she had such a good time at BFF and former bandmate Kimberley Walsh’s lavish three-day wedding celebrations in Barbados back in January.
Friends have also revealed Chezza is desperately trying to finalise her divorce with estranged husband Jean-bernard Fernandezversini so she can set things in stone.
However, it’s not that simple. As Look previously reported, JB and Cheryl were married in an intimate ceremony in July 2014 on the island of Mustique, and the strict Grenadine law in place on the luxury island usually only allows divorce between couples who’ve been married for less than three years in cases of ‘exceptional hardship’.
‘Cheryl already has very specific ideas about the ceremony,’ adds another source. ‘It’s all being done against the really uncertain backdrop of the divorce – but they’re steaming ahead regardless.’ Meanwhile, the pair are said to be focused on the idea of children. ‘Cheryl seems to want a big family,’ reveals a pal. ‘She’s very dedicated to her career, but she knows that she and Liam are meant to be together.’
The singer’s been keeping a low profile since June, when she was last spotted at Liam’s sister’s wedding in a loose dress, reportedly only drinking water. It came just a month after several Twitter users asked: ‘Is Cheryl pregnant?’ after the couple’s first red carpet appearance in Cannes, where Cheryl was glowing.
Rumours have been fuelled by her absence from showbiz events over the summer, plus she hasn’t been seen promoting her new perfume Stormflower Platinum despite its release two weeks ago. In a previous interview, Cheryl herself admitted: ‘My privacy is very intentional.’
But while speculation continues, we’re told Cheryl’s been making the most of her time away from the spotlight, focusing on herself and seeing friends.
‘This is going to be a massive year for Cheryl and Liam,’ says a source. ‘She really believes in setting up plans for marriage and how many kids they will have so that they can make it happen.’
We can’t help but think Cheryl deserves it. ‘I’d been on a treadmill all the way through my twenties,’ she’s said before. ‘Sometimes, it’s been a nightmare.’
Of course, she’s referring to several years of heartache. In May 2010, she endured a very public split from Ashley Cole, and just months later found herself in hospital after contracting malaria. Then the following year she was dropped from the US X Factor.
But with Cheryl and Liam going strong, things are definitely looking up for the star. As she says herself: ‘Be happy living that moment; stop worrying about tomorrow or the next day or what’s gone. It’s called your past because it’s passed.’ We couldn’t agree more.
Loved-up: the couple even enjoy face masks together. Aww