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Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he’s expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their ‘lovely messages’

Dec Donnelly has confirmed the happy news that he’s going to be a dad for the first time.

Taking to Instagram, Dec thanked his fans for the ‘lovely messages’ after news he and wife Ali Astall are expecting a child surfaced.

Sharing a snap of him and his wife together on their wedding day, he wrote: “Just wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages. The news has sneaked out a little earlier than we had hoped but Ali and I are delighted to be expecting our first child. Thanks for all the love, we really appreciate it”

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'

It’s such happy news

It’s thought that Ali, 40, fell pregnant shortly after Dec returned from his stint presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Australia.

And it’s said that they’ve kept the news under wraps until Ali passed the crucial 12-week point of her pregnancy.

Dec’s fans were thrilled with the news and rushed to tell him what a great dad he’ll be.

One said: “Awwww big congratulation to Dec and his wife – lovely news”

“That’s fabulous news Dec especially after recent events congratulations to both you and your lovely wife Ali,” another told him.

One commented: “Ahh wow there really is going to be a little dec, what great news at such a difficult time, congratulations ur gonna be a great daddy”

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'

Dec and Ali have known each other for over 10 years

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'

Dec was spotted out earlier today

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'

He’ll become a dad for the first time at 42

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'
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And another said: “Finally some lovely news. Congratulations”

One posted: “Congratulations to them both…..Special time for them”

“Amazing,” another dubbed the news.

Ali and Dec met over 10 years ago when they started working together, but they didn’t start dating until 2014.

They got married in 2015 in an intimate ceremony in Newcastle.

Dec Donnelly CONFIRMS he's expecting first child with wife Ali Astall as he thanks fans for their 'lovely messages'

He confirmed the happy news on Instagram

Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall

They got married in 2015

Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall

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Just 200 guests watched as they tied the knot, including some famous faces like Tess Daly and Marvin and Rochelle Humes.

Of course, Dec’s lifelong friend and best pal Ant McPartlin was best man.

He even pulled a prank on his friend, secretly swapping out the couple’s first dance track to a copy of their PJ & Duncan hit Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble.

Dec said last year that he “absolutely” wanted to have children.

He said: “Absolutely at some point, when the time is right. Hopefully, as Ant says, if it comes along, then it would be great.”

Another time, he said: “Kids are absolutely one of the things on the cards for us.”

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