She announced that she is expecting her second child with fiancé Joe Swash on Wednesday, also revealing they had suffered devastating miscarriages.
And Stacey Solomon has now candidly admitted that she was in ‘denial’ and wanted to ‘wait’ to share her pregnancy news publicly.
It comes after the Loose Women star, 31, was seen for the first time with a hint of baby bump as enjoyed a trip to Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex.
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‘I was in denial’: Stacey Solomon has admitted that she wanted to ‘wait’ to reveal her pregnancy after suffering miscarriages while appearing on Loose Women on Friday (pictured with a hint of baby bump while at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex on Thursday)
Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women on Friday, she told the panellists: ‘I don’t think having it out there was ever a worry. You know what I was like girls? I was in denial.
‘I was like, “Well you never know, it might not happen, it might not happen”. I think we just wanted to wait to a point where if it was happening, it was actually happening, hopefully.’
And while the former X Factor star and mother-of-three admitted that privacy has its benefits, she also loves being able to ‘share everything’.
She added: ‘Sometimes it’s nice to share everything so everyone’s part of every experience – good or bad. And sometimes it’s nice to just fester in a cave on your own. I’ve gotta stay safe and stay in!’
Stylish: The Loose Women star, 31, looked radiant and she wore a summery white dress as she enjoyed some retail therapy with her husband-to-be
When it comes to her three sons, Stacey said they are all ‘so excited’ to having another sibling and while Rex is still too young to understand what it means, his love for animals suggests he’ll cope just fine.
She explained: ‘They’re so excited. Rex has no idea. He’s not at that age. But I know that he loves his animals … I think he’ll love it.
‘We’re just so grateful and so privileged to be able to have another baby. We love being parents – it’s our favourite thing in the whole wide world and we cannot wait.’
Seeming to reference Stacey’s nickname for her children, pickles, co-panelist Nadia Sawalha also joked: ‘If it’s as girl you can call it Piccalilli and if its a boy Piccawilly!’
Nadia’s comments came as fans speculated Stacey was expecting a girl after spotting clues in her ultrasound scan.
Mini Stacey pending? After sharing her baby joy, Stacey took to her Instagram to share a poll asking her followers to guess if she was having a girl or a boy, with 66% of people guessing girl
After sharing her baby joy, Stacey took to her Instagram to share a poll asking her followers to guess if she was having a girl or a boy, with 66% of people guessing girl.
Captioning her image which showed her scan photo, she penned: ‘Soooo many of you saying you can tell if it’s a boy or girl from the scan photo. I think they all look the same but here it is. I love hearing and reading stuff like this, I’m obsessed.’
Elsewhere, the star’s devoted followers have claimed they knew she was pregnant for weeks after spotting clues.
Guesses: Elsewhere, the star’s devoted followers have claimed they knew she was pregnant for weeks after spotting clues
Amid the mass of congratulations, some followers commented that they were not surprised by the baby news after the singer had previously said that she was ‘tired all the time’ and admitted to breaking down in tears over the last few weeks.
One follower shared: ‘”I had a feeling you were because you were tired all of the time, massive congratulations’.
While another declared: ‘
Meanwhile, Stacey and Joe have revealed they’re delaying their wedding until their baby is born.
Honest: Talking on the show, Stacey detailed how she and Joe ‘wanted to wait to a point where if it was happening, it was actually happening, hopefully’
Replying to a fan on her Instagram Story, who asked: ‘Do you think you’ll get married before pickle [her baby] arrives?, Stacey said: ‘We’re moving it back a few months.
‘Both of us said that we would be gutted when we’re looking back at the pictures and not all of our children were there. So, for the sake of a few months, we will wait until the baby is born and then do it. All of us together.’
Stacey showed off a hint of her baby bump on Thursday as she stepped out for the first time since announcing her pregnancy alongside her husband-to-be.
She looked radiant and wore a summery white dress as she enjoyed some retail therapy at Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex.
Stacey showed off her lean legs in the buttoned number which floated over her growing bump as she sipped on a bright blue drink.
She completed her look with white and grey sliders and wore her raven tresses in a half up half down do while opting for natural makeup.
Expecting: Stacey showed off her lean legs in the buttoned number which floated over her growing bump as she sipped on a bright blue drink
Style: She completed her look with white and grey sliders and wore her raven tresses in a half up half down do while opting for natural makeup
Meanwhile Joe, 39, looked casual in a grey T-shirt and jeans while donning a cap and face mask for the outing.
Stacey revealed that she was expecting her second child with Joe on Wednesday.
She took to Instagram to reveal the exciting news, sharing a family snap as well as a moving video montage documenting their road to pregnancy, which saw the couple make several attempts to welcome ‘another pickle’ into their lives.
Stacey, who already shares son Rex, two, with Joe, and Zachary, 13, and nine-year-old Leighton from previous relationships, also revealed that she and Joe had suffered devastating miscarriages before finally getting pregnant again.
Exciting: Stacey revealed that she was expecting her second child with fiancé Joe on Wednesday night
Sharing a group photo of the family congregated around their newly-painted wendy house, Stacey beamed with joy as her son Leighton delightedly held up her ultra scan photo.
Captioning the snap, she penned: ‘We are growing another pickle. We’ve never felt so grateful… I have no words.
‘We didn’t think we would get the chance. We love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love From Me, Joe, Harry, Zach, Leighton, Rex, and our little pickle.’
Cool: Stacey picked the perfect summer outfit for her outing to the shopping centre
Details: The former X Factor star accessorised with a delicate silver necklace and anklet
Then taking to her stories, Stacey shared a video montage, which started with her hinting at some big news for her fans, writing: ‘Sorry I have been so quiet but we have something we are so excited to share with you I feel so nervous for so many reasons.’
She then uploaded a black and white video showing a negative pregnancy test alongside a floral bear arrangement as she wrote: ‘For a really long time we’ve been trying for another pickle. It didn’t work out and this was our news quite a few times.
‘We decided we were so lucky already to have our boys. It is our biggest privilege in life and we are so grateful to be parents so we stopped trying and counted ourselves so so so blessed already.’
The slide then changed to a medical letter which confirmed that the former X Factor contestant had miscarried a child at six weeks.
Low-key: Meanwhile Joe, 39, looked casual in a grey T-shirt and jeans while donning a cap and face mask for the outing
Busy mother: Stacey already shares son Rex, two, with Joe, and Zachary, 13, and nine-year-old Leighton from previous relationships
Another monochrome image showed Stacey and Joe holding hands, with the image giving a glimpse of the heartbreaking pain they must’ve endured.
Stacey continued: ‘For a while now I’ve felt so yuck and even though I thought about what it felt like I didn’t even want to go and check at first because well, just because you know (I don’t like to write it).
‘But yesterday we went to check what was going on. And we were so grateful to hear an extra heartbeat in my tummy. We honestly couldn’t believe it.’
Sharing a clip of her ultrasound on a screen, the TV star went on: ‘So we told the boys and we’ve spent yesterday and today finishing the wendy house, ready to welcome a new pickle into our lives Boys we are so so so excited for you all.’
Loved-up: The newly-engaged couple reside in Essex with their children, while Joe’s son Harry, 13, lives with his mother Emma Sophocleous
Stepping out: The couple were enjoying some quality time with each other without their brood
She concluded: ‘You’re already the most incredible brothers we ever could have imagined raising.’
The heartwarming montage then saw Stacey’s boys excitedly painting their wendy house as they prepared to welcome the new addition to their home.
The sweet video, set to a cover of Elvis’ hit Can’t Help Falling In Love, also saw the family construct a picnic bench, with everyone adding their handprints to the bench in purple paint.
Precautions: Joe wore a face mask for the shopping trip while Stacey carried hers in her hand
Exciting news: The shopping trip is the first time Stacey has been seen since making her announcement
Sharing a video of her labelling the hand prints, she wrote over the top: ‘Dear Harry, Leighton, Zachary and Rex… you fill our hearts so so so much they’re bursting…’
One of her followers took the time to thank her for being so open and honest about her struggles with falling pregnant.
The fan wrote: ‘Thank you for sharing about your previous loses. I’ve been through it too and you’re giving me hope.’
Stacey replied: ‘So many of you messaging this.. It’s so comforting in one way because knowing so many people have had similar experiences somehow makes you feel less alone…
Casual: Joe teamed his T-shirt and jeans with comfy white trainers as he stepped out with Stacey
‘But it’s also sad because, you know that nothing you say or do will take away from how exhausting and heartbreaking those experiences are.
‘Thinking of you all and I’m feeling so so grateful.’
‘We can not wait to open our hearts even more and watch you open yours and see them grow even bigger to fit all of the love…’
The Tap To Tidy author then shared a preview of her grid post, in which she admitted she felt ‘nervous’ and ‘excited’ about her baby news.
Refreshments: Stacey kept cool during the outing as she sipped on a bright blue drink
Leggy: Stacey showed off her toned pins in the white dress which had buttons down the front
Brood: Stacey already shares son Rex, two, with Joe, as well as Zachary, 13, and nine-year-old Leighton from previous relationships
She wrote: ‘We love you all so so much. I don’t have many words right now, I feel so nervous and excited and happy and scared all at once…
‘But what I do know is that we love you all to the moon and back. Lots of love from Me, Joe, Harry, Zachary, Leighton, Rex and…’
The star then later shared a sweet snap of her eldest boy Zachary gently holding her stomach as they cuddled up with pet dogs Theo and Peanut.
Alongside the black and white image, she wrote: ‘I am sobbing reading your messages. Me, Zachy, Joe and Peanut are watching the end of a film and then I’ll try to reply to your beautiful messages.
Tough: Stacey revealed that she and Joe had been ‘trying for another pickle’ for a ‘really long time’ in her pregnancy announcement
Hard: The former X Factor contestant also revealed that she and Joe, 39, had suffered devastating miscarriages before finally getting pregnant again
‘Peanut and Theo definitely knew before me. Love you all so much.’
Stacey’s heartwarming baby news garnered several congratulatory messages from her fans and showbiz pals, who all flocked to share their well wishes.
Mollie King penned: ‘So happy for you!! Huge congratulations!’, while her fellow The Saturdays star Rochelle Humes wrote: ‘SO over the moon for you.’
The newly-engaged couple reside in Essex with their children, while Joe’s son Harry, 13, lives with his mother Emma Sophocleous. Stacey co-parents Zachary with her former partner Dean Cox and Leighton with ex-fiancé Aaron Barham.
The loved-up pair met on the set for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! when the artist was crowned Queen of the Jungle and the former EastEnders star hosted spin-off series Extra Camp in 2010, a year after he took home the title.
The duo confirmed their relationship in January 2016, with the auburn-haired beauty stating at the time: ‘It’s going really well… we’re having fun, spending time together and getting to know each other.’
They announced they were expecting their first child together in February 2019, and welcomed baby Rex three months later.
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Growing family: Stacey revealed that she is expecting her second child with fiancé Joe on Wednesday in a sweet Instagram post