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The world can re­lax. Ch­eryl was in­deed ‘preg­nant’ (lawyers, we can drop the quotes now, right?!). Mag­a­zine ed­i­tors can stop scrap­ping over the only four ‘sort-of-preg­nant-look­ing’ cover pics that have been do­ing the rounds for an age. And soon, ap­prox 15 months since ru­mours first sur­faced (yeah, go fig­ure), the babe that is Chiam Jnr will be snug­gled up some­where cosy with his/her Mam ‘n’ Dad. Only, be­fore all the ‘WHEN’S THE WED­DING?!’ noise starts up again, can we just take a mo­ment to calmly con­grat­u­late Ch­eryl. Not solely on her baby news, but for how she has han­dled the past few months with both gump­tion and grace.

Yes, she could’ve thrown a cold flan­nel over spec­u­la­tion and saved her­self a hel­luva lot of shouty head­lines, but Ch­eryl stuck to her guns and kept sch­tum, only re­leas­ing the one an­nounce­ment-that-wasn’t-even-anan­nounce­ment’ L’oréal shot.

Sure, preg­nancy is ex­cit­ing, but it can be pretty ter­ri­fy­ing too. We may never know ex­actly why Ch­eryl chose to keep so quiet. But we do know that it is her body, her re­la­tion­ship, her preg­nancy – her baby – and her right to han­dle the news as she pleases.

I only wish I’d shown sim­i­lar strength when peo­ple pried into the sta­tus of my womb be­fore I was ready. The truth is: who­ever it is, if she wants you to know, she will tell you. It’s that sim­ple.

So here’s to wish­ing Chiam a very giddy con­grat­u­la­tions – in what is truly a humdinger of a week for celebrity! And all with an ad­di­tional doff of the hat to Ch­eryl too.

That L’oréal x Prince’s trust shot of Ch­eryl that sent fans into melt­down

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