Alexandra Burke announces birth of first child

Darren Randolph and Alexandra Burke attend the King Richard UK Premiere during the 65th BFI London Film Festival in 2021.
Alexandra Burke and her footballer boyfriend Darren Randolph have welcomed their first child. (Getty Images for BFI)

Alexandra Burke has become a mother, sharing a picture of her new baby on social media.

The singer - who rose to fame after winning The X Factor in 2008 - announced in February that she was expecting her first child with footballer boyfriend Darren Randolph.

Burke, 33, shared a photo of her new baby's tiny feet wrapped in a wool blanket on Instagram, saying: "Welcome to the world our little grape. We already love you more than words can say."

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West Ham United player Randolph, 35, shared the same message.

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Burke and Randolph began dating last year while the singer was performing as the Narrator in the West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

They first made their relationship public in June 2021, when Randolph shared a picture of he and Burke heading out for a date.

The West End star - who competed in Celebrity SAS in 2021 - had previously said she would never date another famous face after splitting from Rotherham United defender Angus MacDonald in 2020.

Alexandra Burke, pictured in March 2022, confirmed her pregnancy in February 2022. (Getty Images)
Alexandra Burke, pictured in March 2022, confirmed her pregnancy in February 2022. (Getty Images)

Burke - who took part in in Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 - recently confessed to her 261k Instagram followers she had struggled to accept the changes to her body during pregnancy at first.

She shared: "The first three or four months of pregnancy I really struggled accepting all the changes to my body because it was totally out of my control. I’ll be honest and admit I’ve been through quite a few ups and down privately, BUT I now find myself in a totally different head space and I finally feel good about my body."

But she added that being pregnant had helped her to love her body more.

She added: "Having the blessing of growing a little human these last 9 months has honestly been one of the best feelings in the world. Feeling comfortable in my own skin I’ve decided to try and never be unkind to myself or my body moving forward...

 Darren Randolph and Alexandra Burke together in October 2021.
Darren Randolph and Alexandra Burke have been dating for about a year. (Getty Images)

"What I’m trying to say, pregnancy aside, is that we must try to love our bodies more rather than looking for negatives or comparing ourselves to others."

Burke rose to fame in 2008 when she won the fifth series of The X Factor and immediately secured the coveted Christmas number one slot with her cover of Hallelujah.

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Since 2014, she has found success on the West End stage, replacing Beverley Knight as the lead in The Bodyguard.

She has also led the cast of Sister Act The Musical and appeared in Chess and Chicago as Roxie Hart.