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Katherine Ryan reveals surprise baby news - just two weeks after announcing pregnancy

June 14, 2021

Comedian Katherine Ryan has given birth to her second child, just two weeks after announcing her pregnancy.

Sharing a photo on her Instagram stories on Monday, the 37-year-old star announced the happy news with the caption: "I have a really good reason why yesterday's podcast is late."

Ryan, who hosts the Telling Everybody Everything podcast, is holding the newborn in bed in the picture. She has not revealed the baby's name or gender.

In a second photo, her partner Bobby Kootstra can be seen holding the baby in front of a TV showing the Netherlands v Ukraine Euro 2020 football match on Sunday, with Ryan joking that the newborn had arrived in time for kick-off.

Ryan had only announced her pregnancy in May, revealing the news during a live recording of her podcast. The star said at the time that she was keeping her due date a secret in an effort to stop questions about her bump and avoid comparisons with other mums-to-be.

She had previously shown her baby bump during a live recording of ITV2 show Celebrity Juice, but did not address it.

The comedian, who has a young daughter from a previous relationship, recently entered a civil partnership with childhood sweetheart Kootstra. The pair had rekindled their relationship following 20 years apart.

Last year, she revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage, and said she wanted to speak out about it in the hope that it might help others, despite feeling "vulnerable" at being so open.

In an interview with Sky News, she said: "When it happened to me I felt so lonely, like I was experiencing that all by myself [even though] I know the figures, I know that it can happen, I am aware that it's a reality...

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"I didn't take any personal joy from sharing it. I mean, now I feel very vulnerable and I've taken on, I think, a lot of collective grief as people reach out with their stories.

"But I felt I don't want an experience just to happen with no resolution. I think we always have to move the conversation forward."

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