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Australian model Nicole Warne announces she is pregnant and expecting first child with Luke Shadbolt

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Model Nicole Warne announces she is expecting her first child with husband Luke Shadbolt – but says the news is bittersweet amid the ‘chaos and despair’ of the Australian bushfires

Nicole Warne and her husband, Luke Shadbolt, are expecting their first child.

The Australian model and fashion blogger revealed she is 25 weeks pregnant in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday night.

‘It feels strange to be sharing this amidst the chaos and despair in Australia,’ began Nicole, 30, as she debuted her bump in an artistic black and white portrait.

Happy news: Model and blogger Nicole Warne (left) and her husband, Luke Shadbolt (right), announced they are expecting their first child in an Instagram post on Wednesday

Happy news: Model and blogger Nicole Warne (left) and her husband, Luke Shadbolt (right), announced they are expecting their first child in an Instagram post on Wednesday

She continued: ‘But every day you have given me glimmers of light and so much love that I can no longer hide it. Every day brings new hope, and tomorrow is another day closer to meeting you, little one.’

The accompanying image was taken by Nicole’s photographer husband, who captured her growing baby bump as she posed at the beach.

Discussing her pregnancy with InStyle, Nicole said the couple had waited to announce the news to ‘keep it intimate’ and ‘savour that moment’ for as long as possible.

She added: ‘Also, because I’m adopted and don’t know about my genetic background, I feared something was going to go wrong, so I had an extra layer of stress. But everything is fine and I’ve been very lucky so far.’ 

Bittersweet joy: 'It feels strange to be sharing this amidst the chaos and despair in Australia,' wrote Nicole, 30, as she debuted her bump in an artistic black and white portrait (above)

Bittersweet joy: ‘It feels strange to be sharing this amidst the chaos and despair in Australia,’ wrote Nicole, 30, as she debuted her bump in an artistic black and white portrait (above)

Excited: Discussing her pregnancy with InStyle, Nicole (pictured in March 2015) said she and Luke had waited to announce the news to 'keep it intimate' and 'savour that moment' for as long as possible

Excited: Discussing her pregnancy with InStyle, Nicole (pictured in March 2015) said she and Luke had waited to announce the news to ‘keep it intimate’ and ‘savour that moment’ for as long as possible

In his own post, Luke expressed his excitement about becoming a father.

He wrote: ‘I cannot express the absolute joy and excitement in adding another member to our family in the coming months. 

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‘If we can be half the parents that my Mum and Dad are, or @nicolewarne’s parents are, then our baby will be in safe hands. 25 weeks and counting down.’

Many of the couple’s celebrity friends congratulated them on their happy news.

Phoebe Burgess wrote: ‘Life is always a beautiful gift. Congratulations and so much love and joy to you and your new little family.’

'25 weeks and counting': In his own post, Luke shared his excitement about becoming a dad

’25 weeks and counting’: In his own post, Luke shared his excitement about becoming a dad

Before announced her pregnancy, Nicole had reflected on Australia’s bushfire crisis.

‘I am deeply grateful and have the highest respect for all of our firefighters,’ she wrote on Instagram, while urging her 1.8 million followers to donate. 

‘They are exhausted, but they continue to sacrifice themselves for us, and the fight is only just beginning.’

Nicole and Luke married at Rippon Hall in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, in 2018.  

Married: Nicole and Luke married at Rippon Hall in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in 2018

Married: Nicole and Luke married at Rippon Hall in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in 2018

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