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Natalie Imbruglia expecting first child

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Natalie Imbruglia expecting first child, with the help of IVF and a sperm donor (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Natalie Imbruglia is pregnant with her first child at the age of 44 with the help of IVF and a sperm donor.

The Australian singer-songwriter says she has wanted to be a mother for a "very long time" and has shared a picture of herself and her baby bump on Instagram.

She revealed in the post she has signed a new record deal with BMG.

Along with a picture of herself with her team, she wrote: "I have been busy writing for the past year and a half and can't wait to share these new songs with you all!!!!"

Referencing the second photo in the post, in which she cradles her bump, she said: "And as you can see from the pic... there is another announcement... (no I haven't swallowed a watermelon).

"I'm expecting my first child this Autumn.

"For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I'm blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor - I won't be saying anything more on that publicly."

She added: "I'm so excited about this next adventure... a new album and I'm going to be a mum!"

The musician and actress, known for starring in Australian soap Neighbours in the 1990s and for hit songs such as Torn, has previously said she wanted to become a mother, whether she was in a relationship or not.

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