Lee Ryan has welcomed his third child and second daughter, his Blue bandmate Duncan James has revealed.
The 38 year old confirmed he was expecting a baby girl with Ariana Grande tribute act girlfriend Verity Paris back in February after they had been spotted walking along the beach with Verity’s bump on show.
Duncan, 43, announced the happy news as he appeared on Lorraine on Friday morning as he was asked about a potential reunion for the boyband.
The band, who have sold over 15million records, released their last studio album in 2015, but have continued to tour around Europe together.
He said: “I think, with the pandemic, everything’s kind of changed and shifted, which is annoying.
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“Lee lives in Spain, he’s just become a daddy again. He’s got a little wee bubba. Simon [Webbe]’s just become a father again, so there’s like a baby Blue boom going on.”
Blue’s manager has confirmed the news to OK!, telling us: “Lee and Verity welcomed the arrival of their beautiful daughter earlier this month, as they begin their new family life together in Spain. Both mother and baby are healthy.”
A source close to Lee, who competed on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, said back in February: “They couldn’t be happier.
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“Pals have joked it will mean Lee will have some time to chat to someone who understands him. It’s early days but they’re excited.”
Lee and Verity were first spotted together in January 2020 after the former EastEnders stars failed in his quest for love on Celebs Go Dating the year before.
The singer is already dad to daughter Bluebell, 13, with his ex-girlfriend Jessica Keevil and son Rayn, 12, with ex-fiance Samantha Miller.
Duncan is, himself, dad to 16 year old daughter Tianie-Finn, who he shares with ex-girlfriend Claire Grainger.
All members of Blue are fathers, with Simon being dad to daughters Alannah, 17, and Cyan, who was born in April.
Meanwhile, Antony Costa is dad to daughters Savannah, six, and Paloma, three.