Ch­eryl’s BABY NEWS

‘i’m ner­vous & EX­CITED’

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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

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