Celeb mum-to-be Jennifer Ellison has confessed that she wishes she hadn’t conceived her first baby out of wedlock.
Expectant mum Jennifer, 26, who recently secretly wed her partner Robbie Tickle, wishes she got hitched before she fell pregnant. “When I found out I was pregnant, I was over the moon about it, bit I was upset I wasn’t married,” Jen told Closer magazine.
Now happily married to her hubby, they expect their first baby together in the new year, with a water birth pencilled in.
Although, for traditionalists, having a baby out of wedlock isn’t the conventional route to planning a family, it is on the rise in the UK. The ex-Brookside star isn’t alone, as in the UK almost half (46%) of babies are now born outside of marriage.
According to the Office for National Statistics, there has been a 50% rise since 1991 in births to unmarried parents, with Scotland having more babies born outside of wedlock, than in it. Marriage rates are also at their lowest since 1862.