Pop star Lily Allen is pregnant with her first child, it has been confirmed.

It is believed the 22-year-old Smile star discovered the pregnancy around a month ago.

A spokesman for Lily said: "I am pleased to confirm that Lily Allen and her boyfriend, Ed Simons, are expecting their first child.

"However, as the pregnancy is at a very, very early stage, the couple ask that you respect their privacy, as the health of Lily and their child is their paramount concern.

"As the pregnancy is at such an early stage, the couple will be making no further comment but they are obviously both thrilled by the news.

"Lily's new album will be released as planned next year."

The singer has been dating Chemical Brothers star Simons, 37, since September.

Allen's debut album has been nominated for a Grammy award in the best alternative music album category. She also recently signed on to star in her own television show for BBC3 which will be based on the preferences of her friends on social networking website MySpace.

19/12/2007 11:36:08