Confirmation of Fearne’s pregnancy didn’t come as much of a surprise to most following her Celebrity Juice co-star Leigh Francis’ loose lips at the National Television Awards earlier this year.
Francis, better known as his alter ego Keith Lemon, dropped a massive hint that either Fearne or her friend Holly Willoughby was pregnant. PIcking up the Multichannel Award for Celebrity Juice, Lemon said: “Thanks to Holly and Fearne, allegedly one of them is pregnant, that’s why they’re not here tonight,” adding “That’s an exclusive!”
Since Willoughby had only recently given birth to her third child, everyone pretty much decided that Cotton, who has a two-year-old son Rex with Jesse Wood, was the expectant mum.
She finally confirmed the rumours on her website on Friday, saying “Jesse and I are very happy to announce we are having another baby.”
“I feel extremely blessed and happy that Rex will be a big brother and we get to welcome another Wood into the world,” Cotton, 33, continued.
And with the happy news came a bombshell: “It has also been a time of big decisions and one I want to share with you now. After much time and careful thought I have decided to leave Radio 1 after 10 amazing years. I have had the most incredible decade broadcasting on Radio 1, meeting wonderful people, helping break artists and watching live music from the world’s best.
“However it is now time for a new chapter,” Cotton went on. “I would like to thank Radio 1 for being such a great home and most of all to the listeners who have been on this journey with me. It’s such a kick to know you heard a band on my show first, or that the songs I’ve played have helped you through the day, so thank you. I will leave with the best memories and many great friends. Here’s to family and new adventures.”
Taking over Cotton’s 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekday show is Clara Amfo, the current host of Sunday’s Official Chart Show, who said she was “thrilled” to land the gig.
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