Laura Anderson is expecting her first baby with ex-boyfriend Gary Lucy, who she met filming Celebs Go Dating last year.
The former Love Island star, 33, who split from soap actor Gary, 41, in January, after a whirlwind romance, announced the news on Wednesday, posting an Instagram reel that documented her pregnancy journey so far.
Ex-air stewardess Laura shared a first look at her growing bump as she posed in grey Calvin Klein underwear for a mirror selfie.
While it’s not known if the couple have rekindled their romance, it’s clear they are both looking forward to welcoming the new addition to their family.
Laura shared a video featuring herself and Gary posing with her baby bump at Christmas, which was the last time they were known to be in a relationship.
Laura Anderson is pregnant! Former Love Island star was clad in underwear as she took to Instagram on Tuesday to reveal she is expecting her first baby with ex-boyfriend Gary Lucy
A moment: The pair shared throwback images of themselves posing in Christmas attire, when they found out the news which they only just announced – Laura is now three months pregnant
She captioned the post: ‘The one where we become parents. Baby Lucy due August 2023.’
Oddly, Laura claimed in an interview released in December that she and Gary had done nothing more than kissing.
Laura insisted they were holding off on the physical side of their romance, saying: ‘We haven’t done anything else even though it probably seems like we have because we’re all over each other, but we’re keeping it PG while we’re on the show.’
She told OK! magazine at the time: ‘He makes me feel comfortable and he makes me feel quite adored and protected, which is really nice. He’s a gentleman.
‘I really like that he’s got four kids, because his kids are so cute and they’re his world. He sends me videos and pictures of them and I just think that’s so attractive.’
She added: ‘He’s a really good kisser too, which is always good!’
Gary and Laura met while filming E4 show Celebs Go Dating and Laura was by Gary’s side as he crashed his car in a Boxing Day accident, which saw him narrowly miss serious injury.
After professing their love for each other on Instagram, the couple split and removed any trace of their relationship, including photos of them together at Christmas, from social media.
So sweet: Laura also shared this topless bathroom selfie as she started taking pictures of her growing bump
Big news: Gary also shared a picture of himself holding up a baby grow which had the words: ‘The one where we become parents. Baby Lucy due August 2023’
Sharing is caring: Laura posted a picture of herself getting a scan with her mother by her side
Double checking: Laura shared three pregnancy tests (left) and a picture of the scan, (right)
Gary, famed for his roles in Hollyoaks and Footballers’ Wives, has four children that he shares with ex-wife Natasha Gray, previously saying his romance with Laura was his first real connection since his 2018 divorce.
Laura was previously in a relationship with singer Dane Bowers but they split for good in October 2022.
They first struck up a relationship in 2017 before splitting when he cheated on her, rekindling their romance in 2021.
Happy news: Laura shared a series of pictures of her bump along with the announcement
Smile: Laura looked delighted when her happy news was confirmed
A time to treasure: She and Gary have been documenting all of their happy moments
Something to look forward to: Laura has said the baby is due in August 2023
In May last year, Laura shared with her Instagram followers that she and ex-boyfriend Dane Bowers were having IVF treatment after struggling to fall pregnant.
After they split, Laura packed up her belongings and moved out of the Dubai home she shared with Dane just days later.
Laura found fame on Love Island in 2018, where she made it to the final with model ex-boyfriend Paul Knops.
The couple split shortly after the show finished and Laura then went onto have romances with Love Island 2015 winner Max Morley and The Bachelor UK star Alex Marks.
During her time on Love Island, the former air stewardess dated Wes Nelson and Jack Fowler, with her journey later being described as ‘rocky at best.’
She joined the Celebs Go Dating agency last year, where she met actor Gary, who had struggled to find a connection since his 2018 divorce.
During the final episode of the series, Gary told the dating experts that he found love with Laura and felt she ‘ticked all the boxes.’
He said: ‘I have found someone that makes me really happy, makes me smile and I’m really attracted to, I can chill with, who gives me s***, which I like… I need that as well. I couldn’t be happier at the moment.’
Gary remained coy when asked by Paul Brunson and Anna Williamson whether him and Laura had sex during filming of the show in Cyrus, saying: ‘I’m a gentleman, I don’t talk about stuff like that…’
Predicting the future, Paul said ‘if there’s a baby’, with the soap star replying ‘it’s going to be little Gary!’
Making memories: Laura shared another bump picture as she posed in her Versace robe and smiley face slippers
Getting ready: It looks like the couple have been buying lots of presents for their bundle of joy already
Collecting mementos: She has also been wearing a bracelet which said the words ‘daddy bear’ and ‘baby bear’
Joyous: Laura has celebrated the news with her friends, holding a balloon which read: ‘it’s a boy or it’s a girl’ (with only half of the words visible)
But it wasn’t long after going public with their romance that Laura quickly removed all trace of Gary from her Instagram and the couple split.
Writing on Instagram, she said: ‘I know I’ve been quiet on here and not myself this week or so.
‘I’m going through a very difficult time, I actually don’t think I’ve ever felt so stressed in my life.
‘As we know Instagram isn’t real life but over sharing negativity has never been something I like doing. Anyway my thought of the day for us all is – Never lose yourself or your voice.’
And before the post, she re-shared another which talked about ‘the quality of attention’ rather than the speed of a person’s replies.
New man: Despite looking for love with a non-celeb on Celebs Go Dating last year, it was former Hollyoaks actor Gary who caught Laura’s eye
Romance: The lovebirds confessed their attraction to one another on the show
Hollyoaks star Gary had a tough time after splitting from his ex-wife.
The actor ending their marriage was a ‘difficult decision’ but the former couple’s focus remained bringing up their four children India, now 18, Elvis, 12, and Sadie, eight and Theodore, four, who was born weeks after they announced their split.
A spokesman for the couple told MailOnline at the time: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the end of our marriage.
In the past: Laura was previously in a relationship with singer Dane Bowers but they split for good in October 2022
Announcement: Taking to her Instagram Stories at the time, Laura announced her split from Dane to her fans
Split: In 2018, Hollyoaks star Gary Lucy has announced his four-year marriage with his wife Natasha had ended
Heartbroken: He said at the time that it was a ‘difficult decision’ but that their focus remains on bringing up their three children India, now 18, Elvis, 12, and Sadie, eight and Theodore, four
‘This was a very difficult decision, but was reached mutually and amicably. No other parties are involved.
‘Our priority is, as always, our children. There are no secrets nor salacious events at the root of our decision, just two best friends realising it’s time to take some space and help each other live the most joyous, fulfilled lives possible.
We are still a family and will always be loving, dedicated parents.’
Gary – known for his roles on The Bill, Footballers’ Wives, Hollyoaks and EastEnders – tied the knot with Natasha Gray back in 2014.
Before marriage, the couple had been together for a decade.