Former JLS star Aston Merrygold has announced that his partner Sarah Richards is expecting their first child.
Taking to social media, Aston posted a series of pictures which showed himself and Sarah sat around a table, with a reserved spot in the middle. Surrounded by pink and blue balloons, the pictures were captured “could be pink, could be blue, all we know is that we’re due!”
— AM (@AstonMerrygold) September 3, 2017
On Instagram, Aston further expanded his message, revealing that the couple found out their happy news at the end of May. Whilst the couple won’t be finding out the baby’s gender in advance, Aston adorably promised to be the best daddy to the baby before ending the post with numerous cute hashtags including #halfofmehalfofyou.
On May 29th 2017 we found out that our lives were going to change forever! This secret has been so hard to keep, but I'm so excited to finally be able to share the news with everybody that me and my beautiful lady @sarahlourichards are going to be parents!!!!!! ???? I'm NEVER speechless but words can't describe how I feel.. All I know is there's no feeling like it! Sar I promise to be the best daddy ever to our baby boy/girl. You are an amazing woman and going to be the greatest mum to our child! Thank you for continuously making me the happiest man ever! I love you? hurry up bump we can't wait to meet you ??????????? #suprise #babybump #weaintfindingoutifitsaboyorgirl #notjustuncleastandauntysarahnow #blessed #halfofmehalfofyou #pinkorblue #2018baby #thisseatisreservedforourbaby #jan2018cantcomesoonenough
Sarah shared an equally precious post on Instagram which highlighted her joy over the news. She ended the post by counting down to the baby’s arrival, which is due in January 2018.
We are having a baby ??????? and there aren't enough words to describe the feeling ?? All I know is there is no other person in the world I would want to share this with and I promise to be the best mummy I can to our little bubba ? I love you I love you I love you @astonmerrygold to the moon and back (infinity times ?) and want to thank you for making me even happier than u already have, didn't think that was possible! I can't cope with what an amazing daddy you are goin to be, my heart is going to burst! Let the count down begin my baby ?????????????? #baby #comingsoon #20weeksandcounting #somuchlove
Aston is the final member of JLS to become a father. His fellow bandmates have four children between them: Oritsé Williams is a father to Omre, JB Gill is a father to Ace, and Marvin Humes has two girls called Alaia-Mai and Valentina.
Marvin and his wife Rochelle were some of the first people to share their congratulations on social media yesterday.
Over the moon for my brother and sister @AstonMerrygold & @SarahLouRichards on the incredible news that Baby Merrygold is cooking! ???????????? can't wait to be an Uncle again! So happy for you two the baby is gonna have a lot of energy boy! ? ps @OritseMusic remember I was the first to predict a boy! ?
However, it was JB’s post which really pulled at the fans’ heartstrings as he shared how the four of them had grown from boys to men together, with the baby of the band now expecting the baby!
Whaaaaaaaaat!!and then there were none! Im SOOOOOOOOO hyped on this news!it's a full house – we've gone from boys to men & we're welcoming news of a baby from the "baby" ? @astonmerrygold @sarahlourichards you two are so very incredibly blessed with this news, Children are a gift from God and you are both most deserving! You will be spectacular parents and I know that as you enter this incredible new phase in your lives the excitement and joy will continue to flow! Praying for a healthy pregnancy & safe birth. Can't wait to welcome the newest number to the JLS family ? my guess: ? #justsaying #Saston ?? #newarrival ?x
Alongside the exciting baby news, Aston will be kept on his toes in the coming months as he is one of the contestants on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. We have high hopes for Aston on the show, but we’ll have to wait until the show’s launch on September 9 to see how he does!