Lauren Goodger is pregnant with her second child.
The 35-year-old reality star - who has been in a relationship with Charles Drury, 24, since 2020 - fell pregnant just eight weeks after giving birth to their daughter Larose in July 2021 and suffered from "mum guilt" upon discovering the pregnancy because there will be such a close age gap between them.
She said: "We weren’t very careful and Charlie was really pleased, but being honest I was really in two minds about it. I was like, 'I’m just getting myself back together – I’m going back to square one. Is this fair?' You get real mum guilt, like, 'What about Larose? She’s still a baby, she still needs me, I won’t be able to be there for her."
The former 'TOWIE' star briefly split from Charles back in November 2021 and explained that "a lot went through [her] mind" but ultimately decided to go through with the pregnancy when he urged her not to have a termination.
Speaking to OK! magazine, she said: "A lot went through my mind which is why I’ve held out a bit longer until I’ve announced it. Charlie was like, 'I really want this baby.' And I said, 'So do I.' I made the decision to go ahead with it and I’m so glad I did. We had that little break [in November] and he came back and was like, 'You’re not having a termination – I want this family.' I knew deep down I was going to go ahead with it, but I was scared. I’ve got to think of Larose too. But if I had a big gap between children, I’d get myself sorted, Larose in a good routine and then I’m back to square one. I might as well do it now when I’m in new baby mode."
The news comes just days after it was reported that Lauren had dumped Charles when he admitted to sleeping with Instagram model Amy Gilbert when they were on a break, leaving the relationship in a "really funny stage" and "up in the air".
She said: "Last week I was like, 'This isn’t happening right now.' It’s a really funny stage – we’re doing our own thing. It’s been a rocky time and it’s been really hard for me. But I’ve got to focus on the pregnancy and the baby. I’m a very hands-on mum, it’s all on me, so it doesn’t feel much different. I’m here on my own with my mum and my baby. Charlie’s really hurt me so I don’t know what the future holds. At the minute it’s all up in the air. We need to get a co-parenting schedule together."