Singer Shayne Ward has reflected on his surprise at welcoming his newborn son after being told he and his fiancee are expecting a baby girl.
ard, 37, rose to fame after winning season two of The X Factor singing competition and later starred in ITV soap Coronation Street.
Ward and his fiancé Sophie Austin welcomed their second child, Reign, on June 11. In conversation with Hello! Magazine about the birth, Ward said: “For nine months you think you’re going to have a girl.
“But a healthy baby is a healthy baby. Your first reaction is ‘Excuse me?!’ but more than anything, I just wanted the baby to be okay.
“And he absolutely was.”
The couple also shares a five-year-old daughter, Willow.
Of Willow’s reaction to her new brother, Ward said, “We let her get around him in her own time.”
Adding, “It was really heartwarming to see how she’s already formed her own little friendship with him.
“Every morning she says, ‘Can I see him, can I see him?’ She read him stories last night and always wants to be near him.”
Austin, 38, who starred in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks for almost three years, revealed how she and Ward decided on their son’s name after being unprepared for naming a boy.
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She said, “There was one name that I had heard that I liked and that was Reign, and Shayne loves anything medieval.”
Ward added: “As soon as she suggested it, I thought it was beautiful.
“My middle name is Thomas and Austin is after Sophie’s father.
“I thought Reign Thomas Austin Ward sounded really good and just suited him.”
After conceiving Reign naturally after failed IVF attempts, Ward also spoke of his joy at now having a family of four.
“I can’t believe we have one of each,” he said.
“We are so blessed with this journey that we are on – after doing IVF it all happened naturally.
“I wasn’t concerned if it was a boy or a girl, I just knew I had to have another child.
“I was overjoyed to be a father again.”
The full interview with Shayne Ward is in Hello! Magazine, now on newsstands.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/shayne-ward-reflects-on-surprise-of-welcoming-son-after-expecting-baby-girl-41830076.html Shayne Ward reflects on the surprise of welcoming her son after expecting a baby girl