Former CATATONIA frontwoman Cerys Matthews is expecting her first child.

The Welsh rocker is four months pregnant and friends say she is in "seventh heaven".

The news marks the end of a tumultuous 18 months for Cerys - who married American songwriter SETH RIDDLE in February (03).

In September 2001 the singer left Catatonia after spending six weeks in a rehab clinic to treat alcoholism.

But she has made a dramatic recovery and now has a baby on the way and a new solo album hitting record stores next month (MAY03).

A pal says, "After Catatonia split she was rock bottom and couldn't see any way out.

"She had massive problems with drink that were well publicised.

"But she feels so happy and calm now. Married life is great and she can't wait to be a mum."