Happy Father's Day indeed! Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid celebrate birth of their 'beautiful baby daughter'
16:43 GMT, 17 June 2012
Chantelle Houghton and her fianc Alex Reid celebrated the arrival of their first child together today.
The 28-year-old Chantelle gave birth this morning, and both mother and baby are said to be happy and healthy.
Alex took to his Twitter page this afternoon and wrote: 'I'm delighted to announce the arrival of my beautiful baby daughter early this morning. Both mother and baby doing well..X'
Chantelle found the time to retweet his message a few hours later- a testament indeed to the truth of his words.
Proud parents: Alex Reid and Chantelle Houghton celebrated the arrival of their first baby daughter this morning
Alex added: 'This really is the most amazing day ever for the 3 of us. Life isn't good,it's great. I love my girls so much. Happy ecstatic fathers day! X'
The cage fighter gave a hint that things were kicking off last night, when he tweeted at around 10pm: 'Exciting times! In fact, the most exciting ever! Life isnt good, it's great! X'.
It appears that the much longed-for arrival of their child has truly healed the wounds of the last few months, which saw the once-loving pair endure an uncharacteristic spat.
Preparing for the birth: A more relaxed Chantelle was seen enjoying lunch at Nandos in Brentwood earlier this month
The reality star admitted earlier this
month that it had been a 'tough couple of weeks', but that she and
fianc Alex Reid were looking to the future.
emphasisied at the time that the baby, rather than her temporary spat
with Alex, was her focus as she prepared for the birth.
Chantelle confirmed that things were on the mend in new! magazine last week, saying: 'After the worst three weeks ever, things are a lot better between Alex and me. Any suggestions in the press that I know my relationship with Alex is over are completely untrue.'
'I’m literally about to have the baby and I have to concentrate on that.'
'Tough couple of weeks': Chantelle wrote in her New! magazine column that she and Alex are moving on from their fight
It's certainly a relief to hear that Chantelle is well after the birth, since she admitted to a few nerves as the due date grew closer.
She said: 'I must admit, I’m petrified. I told the midwife I don’t feel mentally prepared and she said, ‘I’ve been worried about you because every time I mention the birth, you go all bleary-eyed and quiet!'
Clearly it's been a struggle, but it's
heartening to see that the pair have been making an effort over the last
few weeks to put their fighting behind them.
Miss Houghton wrote in her New!
magazine column earlier this month that she is working on baby
names for her daughter, and confirmed her surname will indeed by Reid,
despite the couple's recent dramas.
Reconciled: Chantelle confirmed that she and Alex were back on track by saying that their baby's surname will be Reid
'The run-up to the birth should be an amazing time but I’ve had a tough couple of weeks,' she wrote.
'I’ve only officially got three weeks until I give birth and that’s my priority now.
'Alex and I are having a hard time but
we’re working through it. I want my child to have two parents and I’ll
try my best for that to happen.'
reference to the rumours that the reason she walked out on him last
month was finding him in cross-dressing mode as his alter ego Roxanne,
she added: 'All I will say is that Roxanne has never been part of our
personal life and never will be.'