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'I'm going to have a baby' -- Adele

Grammy-winning singer Adele is expecting her first child with boyfriend Simon Konecki, the singer said on her website.

"I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me. Obviously we're over the moon and very excited, but please respect our privacy at this precious time," she wrote.

Adele (24) and Konecki, who is divorced, have been dating since January.

The announcement tops off a whirlwind 18 months that saw the Someone Like You singer become a global sensation with her album 21, which is still in the top 10 of the US Billboard 200 chart more than a year after its release.

Adele picked up six Grammys in February, including best album for 21 and record of the year for Rolling In The Deep. The London-born singer had the world's biggest-selling album last year with 21, which sold more than 17 million copies, four million sold in the UK alone.

It earned her six Grammys, two Brits and two Ivor Novello awards, and is thought to contain a series of songs written about her ex-boyfriend.

She reportedly met Mr Konecki, the chief executive officer of water charity Drop4Drop, last summer.

The star received a string of messages from fans who took to her website and Twitter.