Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi has announced she’s expecting a baby girl with husband Arsher Ali.
Speaking with OK! Magazine, the celebrity couple revealed their first child will be a little girl, who will be arriving at the beginning of next year.
‘I’ll be honest, I was absolutely terrified when I saw the test was positive. I burst into tears,’ said Roxy of her experience of discovering her pregnancy. Explaining that they had been trying to conceive, she said she knew there was a chance that she would fall pregnant, but admits she hadn’t noticed any of the tell-tale early signs.
Apparently, though, she was the only one who didn’t know – both her co-stars and her husband seemed to pick up on it before she did!
Co-star Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle in the soap, had told her that her ‘boobs gave it away’, and even Arsher followed his paternal instincts.
‘Arsher also guessed too because one day I had a sudden craving for Hula Hoops, which isn’t something I’d usually eat. I didn’t believe I was, though,’ Roxy admitted.
‘I was over the moon but Roxy looked shocked,’ added Arsher. ‘We’re having a girl. We both wanted to find out so we had the NIPT [non-invasive prenatal testing] blood test at 12 weeks. There hasn’t been a girl in my family for 20 years so everyone on my side is pretty excited for us.’
The couple first got together a decade ago, whilst working on a play together at the National Theatre.
‘He just looked me in the eye at a cast party and said, “Will you marry me?”‘ she told The Mirror back in 2014.
‘I didn’t answer and he said, ‘You will be my wife’ and that was it. I didn’t quite know what to make of it because I didn’t know him that well. I knew that he liked me but we hadn’t really said anything. We hadn’t even kissed!’
‘I half wanted to laugh and say, “That’s absolutely ridiculous!” and the other half thought, “Oooh, kiss me passionately!”‘
The couple were eventually legally married seven years later.