Delight As X-Factor Star and Soap Star Announce Wonderful Baby News

An X Factor star has confirmed that he is expecting his first child with his actress girlfriend.1xX Factor winner-turned-Corrie actor Shayne Ward  confirmed the news in a tweet last night, which was echoed with a virtually identical announcement by girlfriend Sophie Austin.

The pair are thought to have begun dating several months ago. Ward, who plays Aidan Connor in Coronation Street, and Austin, who left her role as Lindsey Butterfield in Hollyoaks earlier this year, have led a relatively low profile romance.

A source told The Sun they were delighted at the news that they are expecting.  “It’s definitely shocked a few people because of how fast it’s happened, but they’re completely in love and are excited about becoming first-time parents,” the friend said.