We were all delighted for former Love Island star Malin Andersson when she announced she's pregnant in a heartfelt Instagram post two years after the passing of her beloved daughter Consy.
And now the star has exclusively revealed to OK! she's expecting a baby girl with boyfriend Jared – something she tells us she already had a gut feeling about. Sign up to OK! VIP – for free! – to see all the pics from Malin's gorgeous gender reveal party and read all about her journey in accepting happiness in her life after a traumatic few years.
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We couldn’t be happier for former Love Island star Malin Andersson, who recently announced her pregnancy in a heartfelt Instagram post.
To celebrate her news, the 28-year-old invited OK! along to her fabulous gender reveal party in the garden of her Cambridgeshire home.
The gender was revealed to 80 guests, including fellow ex-Islander Jess Hayes, 28, and a host of Disney Princesses.
The exciting moment came when a plane flew over blowing out pink smoke, confirming Malin is expecting a baby girl.
“When I saw the smoke it brought up loads of emotions,” she tells us.
“It confirmed it was real, in a weird way.”
This is the reality star and motivational speaker’s first child with boyfriend Jared, who prefers to remain out of the limelight.
And to say it’s a welcome joy in her life is an understatement. Malin, who is 15 weeks pregnant, has kept loyal followers updated on the trauma she’s suffered since leaving the ITV2 show’s villa in 2016.
Her beloved mother sadly passed away following a battle with cancer in 2017. And 15 months later her first baby daughter, who she named Consy after her mum, lost her life a month after arriving into the world seven weeks early. To add to her heartbreak, Malin then went through a miscarriage and suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her ex, Tom Kemp.
So, to say she’s a little bit apprehensive about this pregnancy is an understatement.
“I’ve got my guard up and I’ve got that protective coat around me in case something was to happen, because that’s all I know,” she admits to OK!.
Here, the star talks expecting again, her relationship with Jared and what’s kept her strong amid an overwhelmingly difficult few years…
Hi Malin! Are you over the moon you’re having a girl?
Yeah. From the get-go I knew it was a girl, I had this gut feeling. So I was super happy. It just made sense to me. I don’t know what it is but my family has really strong feminine energy and I just thought I was having a girl. To make it even more special, my new baby shares the same due date as my daughter Consy.
That’s so lovely! Did it feel like a sign from Consy that your baby shares the same due date as her?
Yes, it is such a coincidence, but felt like a really nice sign, like it’s meant to be.
When you had the news it’s a girl confirmed. How did it feel?
Really surreal. When the plane was circling around the sky, it took ages to show the coloured smoke. Even though I knew what the gender was, because I went to the scan myself, when I saw the smoke it brought up loads of emotions. It made me feel really emotional. It confirmed it was real, in a weird way. It was like a little miracle and a blessing.
Was it even more emotional because of what you’ve been through the last few years?
100%. It doesn’t feel real because of what happened to me and in my own mind I’m blocking it out. I’ve got my guard up and that protective coat around me in case something was to happen, as that’s all I know. All I know is for people to die around me, if I’m honest. It’s hard for me to go against that resistance and let my guard down, slowly but surely.
Bless you! Has it been hard to accept some good news?
It’s weird because being with Jared and how good he is to me and how amazing it is when I’m around him – I’ve never had that either. So to be having a baby with someone like that is such a blessing. It feels too good to be true sometimes. That’s the sad thing about going through nasty relationships or trauma, you don’t think you’re worthy of it. He’s been really accepting
of it and very patient with me, bless him.
How long have you and Jared been together?
He’s been in and out of my life for about five years. We’ve always remained friends but it’s been more serious over the past five months. It kind of came out of the blue. He’s been there for me through everything and that’s nice for me to have that. He knows me like the back of his hand, which is good.
It feels like it’s meant to be!
Yeah, he’s met all my family. He was there for me when I was at my lowest and when I went through my other pregnancy. It’s such a nice ending to it all. But he’s very private too.
Has he been supportive throughout the pregnancy?
Oh my God, yes. His family are amazing, I couldn’t ask for a better extended family. We’re super-close.
Does your family like him?
Well, it’s just me and my sister Emma that live in the area, but yeah she gets on with him.
Is this the best relationship you’ve been in?
Yeah, it doesn’t even compare. I wouldn’t even want to say I’ve had a relationship before now.
Sounds like he’s going to be a good dad, too!
Definitely. And that’s why I want to keep him private and keep my little one private as well. I won’t be showing her face on socials, it’s something I want to keep to myself. This is my own happiness and I’ve never had that, so I’m going to protect it.
Will you start buying things now you know it’s a girl?
No, because of what’s happened in the past I’d rather wait.
Pregnancy must be hard, after such traumatic experiences…
I didn’t even want to announce it in case something was to happen, or because of superstitions. But I’m all about being true to myself and being honest with my followers. I just thought, “I’m not going to be holding my stomach in any longer,” but deep down there was a part of me that wanted to keep quiet and delete Instagram for nine months. But then I thought my followers like honesty and respect me for always staying truthful and real.
You’ve got really supportive followers as well!
Yeah, it’s crazy, they’re so good and the amount of support has been unreal. Everyone was so happy for me and were saying how they’ve cried and how it felt so much more real for them. I was like, “Oh my God, it’s like they’re pregnant too!”
What was your scan like?
Jared got teary and emotional. It felt weird for me, because I’d had private scans on my own every two weeks. I wanted to make sure the baby was progressing.
Is pregnancy going quickly?
No, it hasn’t because I found out at three weeks pregnant, which I was really glad of, because it meant I could take my vitamins, folic acid and be really healthy. But it meant such a long waiting game. The first two months were the hardest. I was nauseous, super-tired and a hormonal b***h. I wasn’t pleasant to be around at all. Every smell made me want to lie down. I remember being in St Lucia and having to sleep the whole trip. Poor Jared, I’ve been an absolute b***h.
Did the pregnancy come as a shock or was it planned?
It was a surprise, but a nice one.
Have you had any cravings?
I’ve been eating a lot of Marmite.
Have you got any names yet?
We’ve already come to an agreement on the name – we did that as soon as we found out about the pregnancy. We both said it to each other, it was really weird. But we’re keeping it a surprise. We recently changed the spelling, because of Xanthe, my manager. She’s inspired us!
Will there be a nod to your mum and little Consy’s name?
No, I don’t think so. I think this is a new start and something new.
What kind of being a mum do you think you’ll be?
A good mum – and just being the best mum I can be!
Would you be up for a behind-the-scenes baby show?
Nah, it’s not really for me. I spoke to my manager about it and my forte is talking and raising awareness for topics I believe in. Just because I’m going to be a mum, my Instagram isn’t going to change anytime soon. My book will be out and I’ll be doing my public speaking. The baby will be an addition to my family, a blessing and a love I’ve never really had with anyone else.
EXCLUSIVE TO OK! VIP CLUB
Is it important to you to be transparent with followers?
Yeah, I find it easy because it’s like a diary in a weird way. It’s a strange world, so the more honest we are the more the younger generation will benefit from that.
Lauren Goodger recently had a home birth. Have you thought about a birthing plan?
No, because of what happened before. Whatever is going to be, is going to be. I definitely won’t be giving birth at home though.
What’s kept you so strong during tough times?
Trying to be present and thinking of the future. It makes me think nothing could be as bad as what happened to me. I understand I’ve been through the worst now. It’s important to remain positive and be grateful for what I’ve got.
Who’s been your rock over the years in hard times?
My sister, my manager and my best friend, Karley. They’ve been really key. I don’t have much family, but when it comes to your friends you can choose them and they’ve been really supportive.
How do you continue to remember your mum?
I have memory boxes, one for the little one and one for my mum. It’s got things like keyrings and bits of clothes that she had in it. She wrote notes to me and notes of encouragement to herself when she was really ill, right at the end. It just puts things into perspective and makes you realise what’s important. Even though grieving is natural, I just try to move forward and don’t dwell on what’s happened to me, because I’ll be stuck in the past. I’ve got a new chapter coming…
An exciting one! Do you think it’s your time to be happy?
100%. It’s surreal, but exciting.
We’re so pleased for you. Will you have a big family?
I’m not thinking about another one just yet, but I’d like four maybe – two boys, two girls.
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