Saturday 24 June 2017

Kimberley Walsh opens up about 'pregnant' best friend Cheryl

Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attend the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attend the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
L-R Kimberley Walsh and Cheryl Cole pose after boarding a flight with Kenya Airlines to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of Comic Relief at Heathrow Terminal 4 on February 27, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini attends the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Cheryl attends a signing session for her fragrance "StormFlower" at the Sanderson Hotel on October 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAS and Company via Getty Images)
(L-R) Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh attend the launch party for Kimerley Walsh 'A Whole Lot Of History' at Hotel ME on September 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Una Healy attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Una Healy and Ben Foden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Kimblerley Walsh attends the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kimblerley Walsh attends the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets (L-R) Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole, Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding from 'Girls Aloud' at the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 19, 2012 in in London, United Kingdom. (Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Cheryl and Liam Payne
Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
(L-R) Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne attend the Global Gift Gala Photocall at the Hotel Georges V on May 09, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
Cheryl attends a signing session for her fragrance "StormFlower" at the Sanderson Hotel on October 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by SAS and Company via Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole (L) and Kimberley Walsh attend the launch party for 'Promise', a new capsule ring collection created by Cheryl Cole and de Grisogono, at Nobu London on September 29, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for de Grisogono)
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Kimberley Walsh has broken her silence on her best friend Cheryl's pregnancy rumours.

The Girls Aloud singer, who's expecting her second child with partner Justin Scott, said her pal hasn't asked her purposely to avoid addressing the rumours head-on, but rather she's keeping quiet out of respect for their friendship.

"It's not that I'm not allowed to...it's just, she's my best friend. I don't want to talk about her anyway," she told The Mirror.

Speaking at the Pride of Britain awards, she echoed to the Daily Star she's thrilled for her longtime friend.

(L-R) Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh attend the launch party for Kimerley Walsh 'A Whole Lot Of History' at Hotel ME on September 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
(L-R) Cheryl Cole and Kimberley Walsh attend the launch party for Kimerley Walsh 'A Whole Lot Of History' at Hotel ME on September 23, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

"Yes, I'm really happy that she's happy. I don't really want to go into too much detail on that because I feel it's something that she should speak about, but to know she's happy makes me happy," she added.

Reports that Cheryl (33) is expecting her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne (23) have been following the couple for months.

Last week, her divorce from French restaurateur was finalised. The pair had been broken up for a year and ended their marriage after just 18 months.

Meanwhile, the Promise This singer has been unveiled as the new ambassador for Chidlline.

Kimblerley Walsh attends the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Kimblerley Walsh attends the Pride Of Britain awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel on October 31, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The charity hopes that her high television profile will be more accessible to young people who suffer from mental health and well-being problems, but do not know how to get support.

"Life can be hard sometimes, especially whilst you're growing up, and everyone deserves someone to talk to and help make sense of it all," she said.

Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
Cheryl attends the Gold Obsession Party - L'Oreal Paris : Photocall as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017 on October 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

"No young person should ever feel afraid, confused or alone so if that's how you are feeling then please get in touch with them (Childline) by phone or online."

Latest Childline figures show almost a quarter increase (22%) in counselling sessions provided for girls aged 12-18 suffering personal issues such as low self-esteem, depression and self-harm over the last three years - a jump from 31,221 to 38,155.

Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Liam Payne and Cheryl Cole attend the Chopard Trophy Ceremony during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

The charity reports that the number of these sessions for girls who express suicidal feelings has risen by almost a third (28%) .

"As a teenager I was aware of Childline, but like so many others I mistakenly thought it was just for young kids.

"The reality is that it doesn't matter whether you are at primary, secondary school or college, or how big or small your problem is, Childline is there for you."

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