'We are truly smitten': Sophie Ellis-Bextor scores a hat-trick as she gives birth to her third boy
17:54 GMT, 25 April 2012
Pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor is celebrating after giving birth to her third son.
The singer, 33, and her husband, The Feeling bassist Richard Jones, 32, welcomed baby Ray Holiday Jones at lunchtime today.
The excited dad took to the band's Twitter page today to announce the birth: 'It's a boy! Ray Holiday Jones was born today at 12:35 weighing 7Ib 15.
Baby joy: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, pictured in a Twitter photo yesterday, has become a mother again
'Smitten': Sophie's husband Richard announced the birth on his band's Twitter page
'Mother and baby doing great. We are truly smitten. Love to u all. Rx.'
Sophie went in labour soon after uploaded a photo of her heavily pregnant belly on her Twitter page on Tuesday.
She wrote: 'Nearly there…!'
Little Ray joins older brothers Sonny, who turned eight on Monday, and Kit, three.
Sophie and Richard announced her third pregnancy on her Twitter page last October.
Happy families: Sophie and Richard, who have been married for nearly seven years, now have three sons
It appears Sophie's pregnancy with Ray was her smoothest yet.
Sonny was born eight weeks premature by emergency caesarean section after she developed pre-eclampsia.
In an interview published on her official website this week, she said medical staff had been keeping a close eye on her.
She said: 'It's been phenomenal. The people at the hospital have been absolutely brilliant. I do really appreciate it.
'They've had to keep an eye on me in case I started to get ill again, but I didn't. It's all good.
Musical family: Richard is a bassist with The Feeling
'I'm pretty sure it's going to be another boy. We had quite a big visual clue at one of the scans!'
And Kit was also premature, weighing just 2lbs 10oz when he arrived nine weeks early.
Sophie, whose mother is former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, and husband Richard married in Italy in June 2005.
The couple started dating in 2003 and discovered she was pregnant with Sonny are just a few months together.
Meanwhile, Richard's The Feeling bandmate, drummer Paul Stewart and his Irish singer wife Sinead welcomed a baby girl Emerald last Wednesday.
Paul posted a photo of him cuddling his new daughter on the group's Twitter page, writing: 'Emerald Stewart was born on 18 April 2012. Sinead & Paul are overjoyed and already besotted with their new baby girl.'