Tuesday 20 February 2018

‘Overjoyed’ Rebekah Brooks to have baby girl through surrogate

Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks

REBEKAH Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, is expecting a baby girl through a surrogate mother.

The 43-year-old, who was arrested over the UK phone hacking scandal, said she and her husband, the racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks, expect to become parents in February and are “overjoyed”.

However, Mrs Brooks also disclosed that the child had had a twin who died at an early stage of the pregnancy.

The couple, who married in June 2009, have been trying for a child for five years.

After having no success, they elected to investigate other options and found the surrogate mother in early summer.

She has not been named and wishes to remain anonymous.

Mrs Brooks edited the News of the World and the Sun before becoming chief executive of News International, the newspapers’ parent company, in 2009.

In July, it emerged that a private detective working for the News of the World had hacked the mobile phone of Milly Dowler, the murdered schoolgirl.

Mrs Brooks resigned her post on July 15 and, two days later, Scotland Yard detectives arrested her on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption.

She is currently on police bail. Her lawyer has said she denies committing any criminal offence.

A spokesman for Mrs Brooks said yesterday: “Charlie and Rebekah are overjoyed. While the pregnancy has not been without its difficulties and sadness, Charlie and Rebekah are obviously hoping for a very happy ending to almost five years of trying to conceive themselves.

“Both parents are acutely aware of the infertility problems encountered by many other couples, and in the longer term hope to recognise their own good fortune by working in some way to help others facing similar challenges.”

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