Shayne Ward and his partner Sophie Austin have shared the first picture of their baby girl, Willow May, on social media.
Making her Instagram debut, little Willow is seen cuddling with her dad in the photo posted by mum Sophie, who wrote in the caption: ‘Daddy’s girl ❤️’
Sophie has shared little glimpses of the couple’s first child before, but this is the first time fans were able to properly see Willow May.
Despite being just three months old, Shayne’s little girl has already made her national TV debut. During a Skype video call on The Xtra Factor last year, Willow May appeared on the show in her dad’s arms.
Coronation Street star Shayne and Hollyoaks actress Sophie, both 32, revealed last December that they had become proud new parents to a baby girl.
Taking to Twitter to announce the happy news, Shayne posted an image of a message he’d typed out to share with their fans, which read:
‘Proud to share our incredible news. Me and Sophie had a beautiful baby girl’.
Going on to reveal their newborn’s name, he added: ‘We are completely besotted and in love with the deepest of hearts. Our world, Willow May Ward.’
Fans were quick to congratulate the pair on their new arrival. One of Shayne’s 139,000 followers commented: ‘Massive congrats to you all. Hope all is well. Can’t wait to see a pic or two 👶🏼💗🍼’ while another added ‘congratulations on your wonderful news – extra special Christmas for you both this year ❤👶’
Shayne and Sophie pictured at The Baby Show in October
Even their fellow soap star friends sent messages of congratulations to the new parents.
Shayne’s Corrie co-star Cath Tyldesley commented: ‘wahoooo!!!!!! Congrats guys!!!! SO thrilled for you!!! Lots of love xxxxx’ and fellow Corrie actress Jennie McAlpine added: ‘Congratulations Mummy and Daddy! Welcome to the world Willow💗👨👩👧’
Thanking his fans for their support, the new dad later tweeted: ‘Thank you all so much for the beautiful messages. Mummy & baby are doing great❤️ Right..Time to do my Fatherly duties #DiaperchangeKing 👶🏻👑’
The couple announced they were expecting their first baby together back in August, just a few months after they went public with their relationship in March.
At the time, Shayne tweeted: ‘After much speculation I’m overjoyed to announce that @sophieaustin1 and I are expecting our first child. #blessed.’
Shayne shot to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor, and joined the Corrie cast in 2015 as Aidan Connor. Sophie appeared on Hollyoaks from 2013 until May 2016, when her character Lindsey Butterfield was killed off.