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Overjoyed Andrea can't wait for new baby

Andrea Corr has spoken about her joy after revealing she is to become a mum for the first time.

And she has apologised to her fans after her pregnancy forced her to cancel some of her overseas concerts.

The raven-haired beauty is due to have her first baby with husband Brett Desmond sometime in the spring, and said she couldn't be more thrilled with the good news.

"Thank you all so much for such lovely kind messages and well wishes. I'm so happy," she said.

She also paid tribute to her fans in the Philippines for being so understanding. She was due to perform there last month as part of her Lifelines tour with two scheduled dates on October 16 and 18 in Manila and Cebu.

But she sparked speculation after organisers explained that she had to pull out of the concert "as a result of personal medical advice" that she had received.

Now she has confirmed that her pulling out of the gigs was to do with her pregnancy but she hopes to re-schedule as soon as she can.

The Runaway singer is more than 16 weeks pregnant with her first baby with her stockbroker husband, and has been keeping a low profile as the couple tried to keep the good news to themselves.

She was the only one of her famous siblings that didn't have any children, given that Sharon is a mum of two, sister Caroline has three children and brother Jim has one son named Brandon with former Miss Northern Ireland Gayle Williamson.

While her siblings were all on career breaks to raise their families, Andrea was busy launching her solo career. She released her first album, Ten Feet High, in June 2007 which was followed up by her second solo album, Lifelines.

She also indulged her passion for acting with a stint in Dancing At Lughnasa at the Old Vic theatre in London and the title role in Alan Stanford's production of Jane Eyre at the Gate Theatre last year.

Speaking previously about how being an aunt has made her long for children herself, she said: "The girls and Jim and their children intensify that (broody) feeling, as I love them so much my heart hurts."