She may be pregnant. She may not.
She may be so happily comfortable in her relationship that she's had numerous take-aways/meal's out/scrummy cakes, that for the first time in her career, she has some curves.
We don't know why she has a newly rounded tummy but the wonderful media are intent on speculating that she does indeed have a bun in the oven (of the non scrummy cake variety). Everywhere you look there are new photos of her stomach along with interviews with close friends who are trying to avoid giving anything away on the red carpet. And you know what? It really bugs me. It has always bugged me.
I know that celebrities like Cheryl have lived their lives in the media, played the media and used it to heighten their profile, but when it comes to such a personal matter like having a baby, really – they just need to back off.
Discovering that you are pregnant is one of the biggest things to happen to a woman. Whether trying for a baby or not trying, seeing those lines or words are the biggest shock. We were trying for both of our boys but still seeing that positive pregnancy test felt kind of unbelievable. Most women keep it secret for the first three months – some keep it a complete secret and some let their nearest and dearest know, but otherwise most spend a good 9-10 weeks hiding the morning sickness, the tiredness and the swollen stomach from the world. Finally the date of the scan comes round and you are sick with nerves and clock watching. Then you see your tiny little baby squiggling around on the screen and the relief is immense.
Then the excitement that you can finally tell the world kicks in and you get on with whatever way you have planned to announce. Getting it out there is the best feeling and just like the actual birth, it should never ever be announced by someone else.
Why the media feel that they have the right to tell the world that celebrities may be pregnant, I don't know. For years Jennifer Aniston has been batting away the pregnancy rumours. She has never hidden the fact that she would love children but you know what? Maybe she can't. Maybe she has spent years struggling with fertility issues and seeing the constant reports of her being pregnant is seriously painful to her. Maybe it just hasn't been her time. To be honest, it is none of our ruddy business.
Just like Cheryl's or any other possible celebrity pregnancy is none of our business.
So come on media. I know you have to get your sales. I know you have to retain your readership. I know that you are only doing your job. But please, when it comes to such personal matters like the excitement of being able to announce a pregnancy, please can you just leave it to the individual to announce when they are ready? Because whilst you are writing that latest article about that slightly rounded tummy, Cheryl, Jennifer, or whoever else is under the media telescope, could be sat on their toilet crying over yet another negative pregnancy test. They could be going through the trauma of a miscarriage or awaiting results of fertility testing. Just think about that next time you write your tat.