Paloma Faith announces she's expecting first child with French beau
Published 22/08/2016 | 14:03
Paloma Faith has announced she's expecting her first child.
The Brit award winning singer (35) released a statement on her website saying she will taking "a short while off" to focus on her growing family with boyfriend Leyman Lahcine.
"I am delighted to tell you I am going to take a short while off to have a baby. I have spent my whole life wanting to be a mother and now the time has come for me to do so I feel so lucky," she wrote.
"This means I won't be involved in The Voice this year or releasing my album this year either. I really do not want this child to be in the public eye as it won't have chosen to and I hope everyone can understand that."
Faith stressed she wanted her child to grow up away from the glare of the spotlight and thanked fans for respecting their privacy.
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"I really do not want this child to be in the public eye as it won't have chosen to and I hope everyone can understand that," she explained.
"So while you are all patiently waiting I would like you to know that I am grateful for your continued support and patience and I hope that you will respect my new family with our privacy in a time which should be calm and without anxiety.
"I am nervous and excited about being a mum and I just need to be normal and low key for a while. Pregnancy and motherhood is a very personal thing. I want the baby to have the freedom of a normal life. When I return I will be full of energy and excited to come and sing for you again."
She has been dating Leyman, a French musician, for a year and a half and earlier this year she said she "doesn't need a marriage certificate" to feel married to her beau.