The former talent show winner and Coronation Street actor is expecting a second daughter with his fiancée, Sophie Austin. They already share a five-year-old daughter named Willow – who can’t wait to be a big sister.
Shayne Ward is looking forward to an extra special year ahead – as he and fiancée Sophie Austin are expecting their second child together.
Shayne has shared the joy that he and 37-year-old former Hollyoaks star Sophie are experiencing while expecting this second bundle of joy.
And he has also revealed that their daughter Willow cannot wait to become a big sister – and has already decided what she wants to name her younger sibling.
Speaking to Hello! magazine Shayne said: “I would always say to Sophie: ‘I know in my gut and in my heart of hearts that we are going to have more children.’
“There was no two ways about it. We never gave up. It’s been a whirlwind.
“And 16 years after I appeared on The X Factor, I have a beautiful family and one on the way. I am on cloud nine. It’s amazing that we’re going to have another girl to add to the Ward clan.”
Explaining that daughter Willow has decided on a Disney princess inspired name, explaining: “We said to her: ‘What have you always wanted?’ And she said: ‘A baby sister!’
“So we told her that there was one in mummy’s tummy and her face just lit up. She had the biggest smile!
“She keeps saying: ‘Can I just speak to Aurora?’ And then she kisses my tummy.”
While the news of a second baby is a happy one for Shayne and his fiancée, the path to a second pregnancy was a difficult one as they endured a gruelling experience of IVF.
Sophie described the experience as “emotionally draining” and that Shayne was completely supportive as they went through the experience together.
She said: “My mental health was probably on the floor. If it hadn’t been for Shayne and Willow… I’ve never felt so depressed and low in my whole life.
“I think it was Shayne’s positivity and belief that kept me going. I would be saying: ‘We need to accept this might not happen,’ and he would refuse.”
The full interview is in Hello!, out now.
While Shayne and Sophie are clearly excited to welcome their second child at some point in the coming 12 months, what is unclear is if they will tie-the-knot.
The couple become engaged in December 2017 but have been forced to delay their big day due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Appearing on ITV ’s Lorraine lat year, host Lorraine Kelly asked: “You had to put your wedding off, you were going to get married and that’s on hold now.”
Shayne joked: “Don’t tell Sophie,” before revealing they’d discussed everything together.
He told her: “No, literally we spoke about it and that was what was nice about it.
“Everything can wait, there is no rush and we can definitely do this next year, but we’re together for life and that is the main thing, we’re together regardless.”