Lauren Goodger has announced she is expecting her first baby with partner Charles Drury, insisting that while it might have “gone 100 miles per hour'” she couldn’t be happier.
And here, the former The Only Way Is Essex star and her partner open up to The OK! VIP club about the moment they found out, how Charles reacted when Lauren told him and why they can’t wait to start their family – even if people think they’re moving too fast. Watch their exclusive video, below.
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Former TOWIE star Lauren Goodger is beaming from ear to ear when we sit down for a Zoom chat with her and boyfriend Charles Drury, and she’s got good reason to be on cloud nine.
The 34-year-old has something very exciting to announce – exclusively revealing to new! that she’s pregnant with her first child.
“This is where my life starts,” she says. Lauren is 14 weeks pregnant this week, and after a whirlwind romance with 23-year-old toyboy Charles, the pair are feeling closer than ever.
“We’re very comfortable with each other and we’ve been through a lot,” she says. “We’re settled at home and we’re having a baby – it’s gone 100 miles an hour! We’re a family now.”
The pair went official in October last year and said the pregnancy “happened so quickly”. And with marriage and more children already on the cards, it appears it’s the real deal for the loved-up couple.
Neither of them are strangers to public relationships. Lauren’s romances with Mark Wright, Jake McLean and jailbird Joey Morrisson have dominated the headlines for over a decade.
Charles first found fame when he was linked to Lauren’s former pal Katie Price last year, although he’s keen to clarify that it “was not a relationship”.
Despite their glowing faces, the couple say they’ve naturally had concerns throughout the first trimester of Lauren’s pregnancy, particularly as she suffered a miscarriage in 2013.
“Everyone has that worry – is everything going to be OK?” she explains.
Here, the couple discuss the shock pregnancy, baby names and their hopes that the new arrival will help Lauren reconnect with her estranged father…
This is exciting news, guys! How are you both feeling?
Lauren: Tired! But it’s exciting and we’re really happy. It’s difficult, but we’re just getting through it.
Have you had morning sickness, Lauren?
Lauren: Yeah. It’s getting a little bit better now, but I went through a really bad phase where if I didn’t eat there and then it wouldn’t pass. I’d have to lie down on the sofa, and it makes you a bit groggy during the day. I was only sick a few times, but I had the constant feeling. The midwife said, “It’s really good you have that, because the hormones are really strong.” It’s worth it in the end and we’re always together, so I’ve got support. The main symptoms have been feeling sick, dizzy and extremely fatigued – to the point where I felt like I’d taken a load of sleeping pills.
This pregnancy happened very quickly! How soon did you find out?
Lauren: I was a few weeks pregnant. I hadn’t come on my period and that was the first sign. I said, “Babe, go out now and get Pregnacare tablets.” And he bought the wrong ones, of course! The first trimester, I said, “I’m going to eat loads of veg and loads of fruit.” But it’s really hard to stomach – even if that’s what your body wants.
Charles: And if she wants a tuna sandwich at 3am I have to make her one!
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Where were you when you found out?
Lauren: I was in bed, unwell with a cold. I was meant to come on that day and I’m always quite regular. We went and bought a test from a bargain shop and I did it – I couldn’t believe it! I rang him and he was like, “You’re lying, you’re joking.” He didn’t believe the test! I did a digital one as well and he walked around with it in his bag for about three days.
Aw! How did you both feel?
Lauren: Normally it’s always the girl that wants a baby, and obviously I do, but I wanted to do it properly. With Charlie I feel like I’ve been with him for years.
Charles: I was over the moon. Family has always been such a big thing and I’ve got friends who have done it from such a young age, and my mum had me at quite a young age as well – at 17. It’s something that happened naturally and we wanted it straight away. When Lauren told me, it was mixed emotions, but something that I’d always wanted.
Were you trying for a baby?
Lauren: [To Charles] You weren’t being careful, were you? [Laughs] We were quite sexually active and I’m not on anything [contraceptives] and it happened very soon.
How was the scan?
Lauren: Amazing. I had two private ones when I was really early and the first was just like a little dot. And then we went again for the second one…
Charles: That was nicer. We could see the baby moving, the hands and feet, and heard the heartbeat. It was a bit more real then. Lauren teared up and didn’t want to show it, because of how strong she likes to be. I teared up and didn’t want to show it either, because that’s not what a man’s supposed to do. When you experience something like that it makes you emotional in a different way and it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.
Lauren: When you go to the hospital you’re not allowed to have your partner with you [for the NHS scan], so I had to go on my own for the 12-week scan and he waited outside. I was gutted because I wanted him to see this, and they change so much in this period.
Was it hard not being there for that, Charles?
Charles: I drove her to it and waited outside. When she came out I got to see the scan. Plus I was texting Lauren throughout. That wasn’t nice for me, knowing that she was going through it alone. More than likely we’ll go for a private scan as well next time.
Lauren: Charlie is very involved in this process – he thinks he’s carrying the baby as well. He will want to go for another private scan now, which is beautiful. I can see he’s going to love this baby exactly how I want.
You’ve been open in the past about going through a miscarriage, Lauren. Was that on your mind during those first few months?
Lauren: Yeah, it still will be and I don’t think I’ll relax until the baby is here. I’m going to worry, because I worry anyway. But I’m just being careful. Because of lockdown everything is cancelled and I’m not running around and I’ve got time and my body is adjusting and has time to rest, which is perfect.
Charles: I’m trying to adjust to it, and you’ve experienced it [pregnancy] a little bit before.
Lauren: Never this far along though. And now I’m doing it with you, properly. I want this.
Have you got a preference whether it’s a boy or a girl?
Charles: I said boy at first. But as long as the baby is happy and healthy that’s all that matters.
Lauren: I can see myself with a little girl and I’ve got a strong feeling it’s a girl. In the past I’ve had fortune readings and they’ve always said, “You’re going to get your little Rose,” because my middle name is Rose. Although the name we’ve chosen isn’t Rose, it’s got something to do with that. I wouldn’t mind having a boy for Charlie and then the baby could be an older brother.
You’ve spoken about baby names then!
Charles: The girl’s name we know already. That’s mainly due to the fact of how much Lauren is hoping for a girl.
Lauren: I’ve made the name up!
Are boys’ names a more difficult decision?
Lauren: It’s hard. I would like Charlie, but my sister Nicola’s son is called Charlie. And I like Charles.
Who gets the final say?
Charlie: I’m surprised you have to ask that question.
Lauren: No, we’ve both got to like it.
Will you find out the gender?
Lauren: 100%. We’re very impatient and we want to start planning. I want to know now!
Who have you told so far?
Lauren: Just immediate family. So, Charlie’s mum, dad and nan, and my sisters and my mum.
In our last chat you mentioned you’ve lost touch with some of your family members Lauren, including your dad. Are you going to reach out to them?
Lauren: I was a daddy’s girl and I’m not going to slag him off as a person, but the way our relationship was when I went on TOWIE and over the years of growing up… our relationship fizzled out. I haven’t told him – so he’s going to find out here, like everyone else. That was a conscious decision, because I’m not making any more effort as the family have made no effort with me. Since the last interview where I said I hadn’t spoken to him, he hasn’t made any contact.
It’s a shame he’ll miss out on this little one…
Lauren: I’m the eldest of all the cousins and brothers and sisters, and my dad’s going to be really gutted. I would be very surprised if I didn’t hear from him. I would like nothing more than my family to be a part of my child’s life… He’s the granddad of my baby and I want him to be there, but I just want to be strong with it and think, “No, this is about me now and my child.” But I’m not the one who’s going to be making any moves. I do feel really sad about it and I just hope that after everything that’s gone on in the world this last year, our rift can be healed.
People are fascinated by your life, Lauren. Would you be up for your own baby show?
Lauren: It would be brilliant if I could do something like that – especially with how we are. We’re constantly bantering with each other. We’re very much in love and good friends, but we do bicker. Everyone around us says, “You two are actually hilarious.” A lot of people don’t know that about me.
Charles: It would be nice to get across what Lauren is really like and how she’s changed since she was first in the industry. It would make people see a different side of her.
Lauren: And how I’ve grown. Ten years down the line, how good would it be to have my own baby show?!
We’d tune in! What kind of parents do you think you’ll be?
Charles: This baby is going to be our world. Lauren is going to be absolutely obsessed with this baby. We’re going to love it so much and it will bring us closer together and we’ll be so happy. With how Lauren is with me, she likes things to be her way. If she says, “The baby can’t have this,” I’ll be the one who sneaks it in.
Lauren: I don’t think I’ll be strict – I think I’ll let it get away with murder. But when it comes to eating shit and drinking juice, I’ll be letting them do that in moderation when they’re older. At the beginning I want them
to have healthy meals to help them develop well and get a great immune system.
If you have a girl, will you be a protective dad, Charles?
Charles: Definitely. I’ve spoken to a friend who has a boy and a girl and he said it’s totally different with a girl, even from when they’re a toddler. With girls you want to be the protector.
Lauren: It’s about giving them the right guidance and for them to grow up in a happy, kind, loving and very honest and open household. I want to feel like whatever problem they’ve got, they can tell me, because I’m on their side. I want to give them 100% support, because sometimes I missed out on that when I was growing up.
Are you hoping to have a big family?
Lauren: I got told I’m having this baby in July, and then in December I’m going to be pregnant again with a boy.
Wow! Who told you that?
Lauren: It was by this fortune teller who works with The Kardashians. She’s actually become a good friend now.
So more kids could be on the cards…
Charles: The ideal scenario is a boy and a girl. Two or three would be perfect for me.
Lauren: That’s alright then.
What about a wedding?
Charles: It’s all she goes on about – “Where’s my ring?”
Lauren: We will get married, but not while we’re in this lockdown because I want a big wedding.
Are you worried about Charlie not being able to be there for the birth because of potential coronavirus restrictions?
Lauren: I think whatever’s going on, I’m sure he’s allowed in for the actual birth, but he won’t be allowed in for long. I want to do it all natural and I just want gas and air. I’ll just get my nun [vagina] done if I have to!
Have you bought anything for the baby yet?
Lauren: I want to wait until the last minute, just in case. If I had stuff [and something happened] I mentally wouldn’t be able to take it.
You’re both living together in your Essex flat. Are you looking to move to a bigger place before the baby arrives?
Lauren: I love my place, but I have been having a look. This flat is perfect for a young girl on their own, but not for a family. I’d like to have a dressing room for me and a nursery for the baby.
Charles: I’m glad you laughed at that!
Lauren, you’ve spoken about Charles’ ex, Katie Price, before. What’s your side of the story, Charles?
Charles: It wasn’t ever official and it was never a relationship. You can see how real this is in comparison to that. It annoys me when they call me Katie Price’s ex as we were never boyfriend and girlfriend.
Lauren: Everyone’s got a past where they’ve slept with someone, and those two were never on their own. It’s frustrating, because it’s not that at all.
Do you think Katie will have anything to say about the pregnancy?
Charles: I don’t think she will. I just want to be happy and with Lauren’s past and my past, everyone’s happy and doing their own thing. As much as we want to be happy, we want them to be happy as well.