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X Factor host Natalie Bassingthwaighte, 37, has announced she is 12-and-a-half weeks pregnant with her second child.

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In an exclusive interview with New Idea – out today – the star says she’s thrilled that she no longer has to hide her news from the hit show’s fans – or her fellow judges!

"I love it, I love being pregnant," Nat enthuses, anticipating a very welcome addition to her family with musician husband Cameron McGlinchey.

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The pair already have a gorgeous two-year-old daughter Harper.

Nat’s done a great job in hiding her news until now.

Despite her expanding waistline – and daily bouts of morning sickness – she somehow kept her secret from colleagues Mel B, Guy Sebastian and Ronan Keating for more than three months.

She jokes she had to endure a couple of incidents of ‘baby brain’ during filming of the show, but no-one twigged.

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"When I finally told the others last week they were lovely and claimed they had no idea, which I find incredible because I already feel huge," Nat laughs.

And Nat’s on-screen sparring partner Mel B is particularly thrilled about the news – for very cheeky reasons.

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"She sent a text saying that I can be the fat one now," laughs Natalie.

For the full interview and Nat’s beautiful photoshoot with her family, see this week’s issue of New Idea.


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