Baby joy for Tara and Cooper

NRL star Cooper Cronk has revealed that he and his wife Tara Rushton are expecting their first child together.

Rushton, 33, is due to give birth in August and while keeping the pregnancy a closely guarded secret, the couple are excited to finally share the news.

“We are excited to confirm that we are expecting our first child,” Cronk told the Sunday Telegraph.

“We are both over the moon and very much looking forward to what the future holds.”

Since the news broke, the couple have been showered with well wishes and congratulations on social media.

Cronk quit Melbourne Storm after last year’s grand final win and 13 seasons with the club.

He hinted at starting a family then, saying “Tara my fiancee is based in Sydney and there are a few things in life that are more important than football, like family, getting married and a future.”

The 34-year-old married Rushton in a low-key ceremony in December last year, where guests noticed the bride was not drinking any alcohol.

Cronk made the change to the Sydney club to accommodate his new wife’s Sydney based career and family.

Rushton told her Fox Sports bosses about her pregnancy last week and will not travel to the World Cup in Russia in June.

Tessa gives birth after cancer battle

FORMER Home and Away star Tessa James has given birth to her first child.

The 26-year-old made the announcement on Instagram today, posting a photo of her husband, former NRL star Nate Myles, pushing a pram.

She captioned the image with a quote from Winnie the Pooh: “as soon as i saw you i knew a grand adventure was about to happen”.

James was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 23.

“I think that ‘miracle’ has come from the media and not from something that I’ve said, but in saying that, being pregnant is a miracle because growing a baby, it’s pretty incredible when you think about it.,” James told Elle magazine, in an interview about her pregnancy last year.

“When you haven’t had children and you see mums and kids everywhere you just think that’s normal.

“But when it happens to you, you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, all these women have done this? Wow.’”

James has so far not announced the name or sex of her newborn.

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Chrissy Teigen’s gender reveal

CHRISSY Teigen has taken to Instagram to reveal the sex of her second child.

The Sports Illustrated model shared the exciting news with her 15.8 million followers by posting a photo of herself cradling her baby bump in a silver Yanina Couture dress on the red carpet at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Teigen, 32, who already has a daughter, Luna, with husband John Legend, captioned her image “Mama and her boy”.

Predictably, the gender reveal news sent her loyal band of Instagram followers into meltdown.

The cookbook author also revealed that she and Legend left the awards ceremony early. “Mom and dad home by 10:30!” she tweeted alongside a video of herself relaxing on a couch and wearing a bathrobe.

In her typically frank style, Teigen has been candid about her fertility battles as well as her struggle with post-natal depression.

In March 2017, she told Glamour Magazine she wanted to share her story with other mums to remove the stigma.

“I looked at my doctor, and my eyes welled up because I was so tired of being in pain,” she said.

“Of sleeping on the couch. Of waking up throughout the night. Of throwing up. Of taking things out on the wrong people. Of not enjoying life. Of not seeing my friends. Of not having the energy to take my baby for a stroll.

“My doctor pulled out a book and started listing symptoms. And I was like, “Yep, yep, yep.” I got my diagnosis: post-partum depression and anxiety.”

She and Legend tied the knot in Italy in September 2013 and turned to IVF conceive both of their children. “We did the IVF thing (again),” Teigen told Us Weekly. “We put it in, we knew what was going on. So, that was easy. But we’re really excited!”

Kim K admits she’s totally self-absorbed

KIM Kardashian has admitted she’s totally self-absorbed in a candid Twitter chat with her fans.

The reality star, 37, was responding to fan’s tweet that read: “Is it me, or is @KimKardashian Sooo Self-absorbed.. even when she’s saying Nothing.. lol.. & I Like the Kardashians.”

Kardashian replied: “No it’s not you, I totally am!”

Meanwhile, the mum has revealed that she has already started to bling up the wardrobe of her newborn daughter, Chicago West.

The reality star showed off a snazzy top with Chicago’s name emblazoned across it after announcing proudly their daughter’s unusual name on Instagram.

Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child via a surrogate last Monday.

Being a former stylist to the stars, it seems Kardashian has wasted no time in getting her newest addition looking shipshape, like her siblings North, 4, and Saint, 2.

The lilac jumper was soft cotton and printed with a faded script bearing the child’s name.

It appears like the newborn already has a nickname, thanks to aunty Khloe.

Kardashian’s little sister, who’s currently expecting her first child with beau Tristan Thompson, revealed that her niece was known as Chi, pronounced “shy”.

“I loooooove her name,” wrote the proud aunty. “Hey Chi (shy).”

Kardashian announced the choice of name on her blog on Friday morning, in the form of a birth announcement.

The card also carried the baby’s January 15 birth date, alongside her birth weight of 3.35kg.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission

Bikini-clad Michelle sizzles in Miami

FORMER First Lady Michelle Obama has sizzled in a bikini while holidaying in Miami. Michelle and her eldest daughter Malia, 19, were spotted walking with friends on Miami Beach.

Their entourage included Obama administration senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Secret Service agents.

Michelle, 53, showed off her abs in a white bikini top, teamed with a sheer white shirt and high-waisted shorts with ripped details, a pair of gold hoop earrings and black sunglasses.

Michelle has spoken about working out to stay in shape.

“When I was at the White House, I often hosted bootcamp weekends for my close girlfriends,” she previously wrote on Instagram.

“It didn’t matter that we were all at varying fitness levels. Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first.

“And even though I’m no longer at the White House, I’ve continued this tradition.”

Harvard student Malia wore a pair of black bikini bottoms with a tan-coloured hoody over the top and circle-shaped sunnies, as she clutched a thick textbook and her mobile phone.

There was no sign of Michelle’s husband, former President Barack Obama, or the couple’s younger daughter, Sasha, 16.

Last month, the former first family celebrated Christmas in Hawaii.

Reclusive heiress is written out

AFTER fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down by drifter Andrew Cunanan in 1997, outside the A-lister’s Miami mansion, some of the world’s most recognisable celebrities gathered to mourn him.

Among those at the memorial service at Milan’s Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, Il Duomo, were Carolyn Bessette, models Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni, and designers Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld.

Sting, Princess Diana and Elton John looked heartbroken in the front row.

But even in the sad twinkle of all those stars, one person stood out: a little girl, clad in all black and openly weeping.

Allegra Beck, the daughter of Gianni’s younger sister Donatella and American model Paul Beck, was not only the designer’s beloved niece — she was also now his top heir: set to inherit 50 per cent of his massive company upon her 18th birthday. (Her uncle Santo, Gianni’s older brother, owned 30 per cent, and her mother the remaining 20 per cent.)

At the age of 11, Allegra was poised to one day become one of the most powerful women in the fashion industry.

But you won’t see any sign of her in the new FX TV series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. “[Show creator] Ryan [Murphy] shot a scene with Allegra,” a source told Page Six at the series’ premiere at Manhattan’s Metrograph in December. “But he respected Donatella’s wishes and took it out. Donatella did not want her daughter portrayed in the show.

The family has since released a statement about the show, saying, “The Versace family has neither authorised nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace.” Versace representatives did not get back to The Post for comment on any of the allegations in this story.

The maternal overprotectiveness is likely an attempt to guard the intensely private Allegra, who has suffered in the past from a debilitating eating disorder and who is now, at the age of 31 and worth a reported $US800 million, rarely seen in public.

“If Allegra sees her own photos or sees herself on TV, she loses her mind. She’s got body dysmorphic disorder,” said a former employee of the fashion brand’s Milan headquarters, who is still in the know. “They say she has a job working with the company, but she’s not really running anything at Versace.”

Instead, her mother, who is now the vice-president and chief designer of the brand, has stepped into the spotlight in her stead — becoming so notorious for her over-the-top tan, blond hair and deadpan voice that she’s been satirised on Saturday Night Live.

While Allegra attended the 2016 Met Gala — shrouded in a high-neck, long-sleeved, floor-length gown — alongside Donatella, she told La Repubblica: “Unlike my mother, I hate celebrity.”

The former employee reveals that Allegra’s office was painted in her favourite shade of lavender, but she only shows up to her job as a director of the company once or twice a month: “She’s utterly insecure, frail and never a contender for design.”

Instead, the former employee added, “She just stays [at home] and binges on TV and music.”

But something about this quiet, waifish girl captivated her uncle Gianni.

Allegra and her brother, Daniel, now 29 and a musician, enjoyed a lavish childhood outside Milan. According to People, she was two days old when she attended her first Versace show. As a youth, she spent nine years studying ballet — in fact, her uncle got her a birthday gift of dancing with ballet superstar Maurice Béjart. Over the years, she’s used both her mother’s and father’s surnames at various times, and clearly absorbed the Versaces’ love of style. “She was the best dressed little girl in Milan,” Donatella told Harper’s Bazaar in 2007, with Allegra conceding, “My mom dressed me in silk to go to elementary school. In kindergarten, they sent me home because I couldn’t do finger painting in my dress.”

Unlike her gregarious uncle and flamboyant mother, she was reportedly a studious, serious child — but also, apparently, not afraid to speak her mind.

“I like to talk to Allegra,” Gianni once told Vanity Fair. “Allegra tells me the truth about Donatella. She’ll say, ‘Gianni, don’t worry, she’s always a little bit exaggerated.’”

Gianni had two other nieces and two nephews, but Allegra was clearly his favourite. (After his death, Daniel inherited the designer’s personal art collection, which reportedly included works by Picasso and Fernand Léger.)

She was said to be besotted by his design wizardry, once reportedly telling him: “You are a magician, Uncle.”

She wasn’t the only one who thought so. Considered the father of ’80s and ’90s tough-sexy fashion, Gianni used studs, chain mail and classical Roman symbols, and practically invented the term “bodycon” with his sleek shapes. He had a huge hand in making Naomi (Campbell), Cindy (Crawford) and Claudia (Schiffer) one-name supermodels; dressed rock stars; and always had celeb friends such as Madonna in tow. Elton John is said to have given Allegra her first piano.

When Gianni died, the young girl reportedly felt a tremendous sense of guilt, even telling Donatella she should have been with him. As reported by The Guardian, “When the will was read, revealing her huge inheritance, [Allegra] asked, aghast, ‘Why did Uncle Gianni choose me?’”

Although Donatella reportedly sought counselling for Allegra after the murder, fashion insiders in Milan claim Gianni’s death sent the girl on a downward spiral. “She was never the same, absolutely destroyed by it,” said one insider.

Allegra withdrew — in assorted ways. Many were concerned by photos of the painfully thin teen who, during the early 2000s, seemed only to get thinner. In 2007, the family released a statement that read: “Our daughter Allegra has been battling anorexia, a very serious disease, for many years. She is receiving the best medical care possible to help overcome this illness and is responding well.”

She has never discussed her eating disorder publicly, but insiders speculate it is connected to her reclusiveness, which has only grown over time.

As a young adult, Allegra — a dual citizen of Italy and the US — moved to the States to attend Brown University and, later, UCLA, studying acting, French and art history.

“I studied theatre and it pleased me greatly to play parts in little independent films that no one went to see,” she told La Repubblica in 2011. “Still, anywhere I went, I was Versace. I couldn’t escape, and it did me harm.”

Donatella would visit Los Angeles every month and the mother-daughter duo would cloister themselves in a cottage at the Beverly Hills Hotel, listening to Madonna records and going out only to shop at Hollywood’s Amoeba record store and vintage boutiques, or for sushi at the pricey Matsuhisa.

Allegra told Harper’s Bazaar in 2007 that she spent weekends riding her bike on Venice Boulevard. But she was still under her tanned tiger mum’s protection — Donatella wouldn’t even let her drive a car, instead hiring a driver for her.

“Hollywood is not really my world,” she told the magazine. “I don’t tell many people my last name. I go by Beck more than Versace.

“Sometimes my mother looks at Daniel and me,” she added, “and says: ‘How could I have two children who are so different from me?’”

Adding to her stress, no doubt, was the very public cocaine habit — witnessed by journalists, employees and, reportedly, even Allegra and Daniel — her mother had developed.

Donatella told Vogue she first became addicted to cocaine around 1987, explaining that it started at fashion parties in New York City and Los Angeles. “I had the best time of my life,” she said. “You just feel more awake, more aware. Unfortunately, it doesn’t continue like that.”

Although Gianni reportedly did not partake in the drug, it was said to be part of the brand’s image. As Ariel Levy wrote in New York Magazine: “Everyone knew that there would be coke at the Versace post-show parties (at least after Gianni went to bed), coke backstage (and not just models but supermodels) … Versace meant whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted it.”

Donatella quit cocaine for a while, only to pick it up again after her brother’s death, even as she took over the design reins of the family company. Pieces of her life began to crumble. She and Beck split in 2000 (although he has continued at the fashion house as a consultant), and the company skipped the 2004 haute couture collections after Donatella finally went to rehab — reportedly after Elton John staged an intervention at Allegra’s 18th birthday party. (The company has denied that the rehab stint and the cancelled show were related.)

“Having a mother like Donatella would intimidate [anyone] — so you can imagine the effect on her own daughter,” said a source close to the family. “Plus, look at what her mother’s done to her own face, and you know something about the insecurity and distortion that runs in that family.”

Meanwhile, under the radar, Allegra tried to pursue her own path for a while, acting as a dresser for Rupert Everett — a family friend — during the Broadway revival of his play Blithe Spirit in 2009. She seems to have given up on acting, perhaps because, as she told La Repubblica: “I hated Los Angeles”. Having sold the two places she inherited from Gianni — an Upper East Side townhouse and a manse on Italy’s Lake Como — she’s said to split her time between the family home in Milan and a family apartment in Soho.

As for romance or even friendships, the former employee added: “I’ve never seen her with a man — or a woman. She’s either alone or only with members of her family.”

Allegra has also said that she worked anonymously for a time with a non-Italian designer, helping him organise fashion shows and advertising. “The great part about this work is that I am no one,” she said. “I think you can get used to everything, if you feel free, if you are yourself and not what others want you to be, if you don’t see a photographer around every corner, if you do not bury yourself in cruel gossip that does so much harm …”

Indeed, the Milan paparazzi are always on the prowl for Allegra sightings — in 2016, she was snapped jogging with her trainer in a park in Milan — but such moments are few and far between.

But perhaps photographers will get their wish this April at the Met Gala — Dontatella is set to co-host the event, the theme of which is “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” along with Rihanna and Amal Clooney.

Sadly, the family source believes that the sun may never completely come out for Gianni’s favourite heir. “[She’s] stunted in childhood, will never develop. She is unlikely to ever function as an adult. This is the effect that Gianni’s murder had on her.”

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished here with permission.