Ashley James is PREGNANT! DJ reveals she’s ‘beyond excited’ to be expecting her first child with boyfriend of nine months Tom Andrews
Ashley James has excitedly revealed that she’s expecting her first child with her boyfriend of nine months, Tom Andrews.
The celebrity DJ, 33, announced the news on her Instagram on Sunday evening, as she shared a snapshot of herself posing with her handsome beau, 30, in France.
Captioning the image, which showed her cradling her baby bump, she wrote: ‘I’m beyond excited / nervous to finally be able to share our incredibly happy news with you all – especially given I’m an open book who HATES keeping secrets.’
Baby on board! Ashley James has excitedly revealed that she’s expecting her first child with her boyfriend of nine months, Tom Andrews
She then shared a link to her interview and photoshoot with Hello!, in which she spoke in detail about her happy news, and revealed her due date is January.
During her interview with Hello!, which took place at Tom’s parents’ home in Dordogne, Ashley said of the news: ‘From the moment I found out, it felt so right.’
However, while she’s elated at impending motherhood, the blonde beauty – who was single for six years before meeting Tom – was never particularly maternal.
Happy news: The celebrity DJ, 33, announced the news on her Instagram on Sunday evening
‘It’s been such a 360-degree shift for me,’ she told the publication. ‘I’ve never been that maternal. When friends have been like: “I want to meet someone, settle down and have children,” I never felt the same. I guess I’ve been a free spirit.’
While Ashley and tech professional Tom, who began dating in October after first meeting ten years ago, in full celebration mode with their baby news, they may have a dispute to navigate when it comes to naming their offspring.
Ashley, who learned she was pregnant in April, said: ‘I like wild hippy names, the kind of names that A-list celebrities call their kids, and everyone’s like: “What?” and Tommy’s like: “I don’t think so.”‘
Such is the couple’s commitment to one another than Tom has given Ashley a Cartier Trinity ring, although she insists that they’re ‘not interested’ in engagement or marriage, and want the accessory to ‘symbolise’ them and their baby as a family.
Seeing the positives: Ashley recently shared a rare insight into her relationship with her boyfriend of eight months – namely that the COVID-19 lockdown had been ‘a blessing’ for them
However, the baby news has been somewhat bittersweet for Ashley, as she wasn’t able to share it with her late friend Caroline Flack, who tragically took her own life on February 15 at the age of 40.
‘Caroline and I would always talk about our love life and she was so excited for me that I’d finally met a nice boy,’ Ashley said. ‘She’d have been so happy for me. I wish I could have told her my pregnancy news.
‘It sounds weird, but growing life has really helped me with the grieving process. It feels really nice to look forward to a new beginning.’
One day before announcing her big news, Ashley took to Instagram to share a snapshot of herself posing with her beloved pet pooch Snoop.
Teasing the announcement, she wrote: ‘Tomorrow is a really big day and I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to especially after being so quiet on here.
Reaping the rewards: Speaking to MailOnline, the DJ, 33, revealed that the couple decided to isolate together during the pandemic, and that they’re now moving in together for good
‘So for today, I’m going to hang out with my bestest buddy Snoop… I hope you all have a beautiful day..’
Ashley recently shared a rare insight into her relationship with her boyfriend of eight months – namely that the COVID-19 lockdown had been ‘a blessing’ for them.
Speaking to MailOnline, the DJ who prefers to keep her new romance as private as possible, revealed that the couple decided to isolate together during the pandemic, and that they’re now moving in together for good.
‘We had already been self-isolating at my home together,’ Ashley said. ‘I had been feeling unwell a week or so before the lockdown was enforced and then it happened, so we thought “should we move in together for this?”
‘We didn’t know how long the lockdown would last but it looked likely that we were going to knuckle down for a few months.’
Going strong: Ashley admits that the pair have learnt how to co-exist as independent people, yet become closer as a result
Ashley had been single for six years and, as an influencer, champions empowerment and self-love. And she admits her independence had meant lockdown was a struggle at first.
‘Both of us are independent people so it was difficult at the beginning,’ she said. ‘We had our teething problems. I had been independent and single for years. But really this has been the making of us.
‘He will move in properly after this. So actually its been a blessing – it has forced us to realise we were right for each other sooner.’
Ashley admits that the pair have learnt how to co-exist as independent people, yet become closer as a result.
‘We have respected each other’s space and, in lockdown, we have got to know each other’s families via Zoom calls,’ she said.
Four-legged friend: One day before announcing her big news, Ashley took to Instagram to share a snapshot of herself posing with her beloved pet pooch Snoop
Ashley appeared on Celebrity Big Brother three years ago and likens lockdown to her experience in the house, only ‘with a health concern, internet access and no Ann Widdecombe’.
Ashley revealed that many of her social media followers are doctors and nurses, and that they have reached out to her during the pandemic.
‘These people have been on the front line but also still worrying about things like their weight and their love life.
‘They’ve messaged me because they’re feeling overwhelmed with worries about when all this will end. They’re worried about whether they will ever date again – worried about work becoming their entire lives.
‘I am all about single positivity. It breaks my heart when people put pressure on themselves to be in a relationship. That might just lead them to be in the wrong relationship.’
Body confidence: Ashley champions body confidence and took to Instagram recently to post a snap of herself in her underwear
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