Former Celebs Go Dating matchmaker Nadia Essex has revealed that she is expecting her first child.
The star told Closer magazine that she is no longer with the baby's father, who lives in the US, but she hopes to co-parent with him.
"I've gone from a hellish year to being blessed with a baby," she said.
"The odds weren't in my favour, as for so long I thought I couldn't have children – so this is the best thing that's ever happened to me. It's a miracle!"
Nadia, who is currently 14 weeks pregnant, also explained that she "had tried for a baby 10 years ago with a previous partner, with no success".
"I'd recently stopped taking the contraceptive pill, but I was using protection," she added. "My doctor told me there was less than 1% chance of conception. Everyone's shocked, but I wouldn't change a thing!"
Nadia went on to say: "I still think there's a real stigma against single mums and internet trolls may use that label against me.
"I adore (Ferne McCann). Ferne is a really good example of someone who has never let her status as a single mum hold her back. She owns it and people love her for it."
Speaking about the time where she was involved in a series of scandals that saw both her and Eden Blackman leave the show, she said she was in a very dark place and admitted: "I look back now and I don't recognise the person I was."
Celebs Go Dating recently wrapped up its latest series on E4.
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