Former Strictly Come Dancing star Aliona Vilani has revealed she’s welcomed her first child with husband Vincent Kavanagh.
The proud new mum shared the lovely news that she had welcomed a baby girl with HELLO! magazine, explaining that she’d given birth back in June.
The couple also revealed the baby name they’ve chosen for their little bundle of joy: Bella.
Aliona told the publication: ‘I feel so lucky… We genuinely feel so blessed and happy. We got lucky.’
The 33-year-old also said the newborn is very calm, and that she is also feeling calmer now she’s not on the BBC show anymore.
‘She’s very chilled. Vincent is, too; as am I when I’m not working. They say a baby is often more calm if the parents are, too,’ she explained.
Before sharing their big news with the magazine, Aliona added that they had only told a select handful of friends and family, including Strictly contestant Anita Dobson and her husband Brian May, and Jay McGuiness, her most recent dancing partner.
‘They are such close friends of ours, we have sent pictures. No one else really knows yet, apart from Jay,’ she said. ‘A couple of weeks after Bella was born Jay messaged me asking if the ‘little one’ had arrived, so we sent him a couple of pictures.’
The couple announced they were expecting their first offspring back in November, with an adorable picture on social media.
As well as welcoming their first child, they also had another major life change this year as they moved from London to Florida, three months before Aliona’s due date.
‘We had not just a nursery to set up but a whole house. Our plan was to move first, then start a family, but it happened so quickly as within two months of trying I was pregnant. It has been life-changing for us on so many levels,’ she continued.
Aliona and Vincent have been married for three years, after tying the knot in 2014.
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She said of her partner at the time: ‘Vincent is a lot of fun and adores me. He is the sweetest man I have ever met. He is my soulmate.’
‘You never know when you’re going to meet someone who is so right for you. My parents keep saying they couldn’t have imagined I would meet someone who is so similar to me.’