Alexandra Burke explains why she's keeping her baby's identity secret

‘I asked for fame but my family didn’t… it’s been hard on them!’ Alexandra Burke breaks down in tears while explaining why she’s keeping her baby’s name and gender secret

  • The singer, 34, welcomed her first child with her footballer fiancé Darren Randolph, 35, in July
  • She reflected on her fame’s ‘impact’ upon her family, and how it had been ‘hard’ for them
  • She told the panel: ‘I come from X Factor which is public and gave me a platform. In the process I asked for this but my family never…
  • Composing herself after crying, she added: ‘The impact on them is hard and they never asked for it. I want to protect the baby and make its own decision
  • ‘When I spoke to my friend I said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone.” My mum would say it’s the wise thing to do’

Alexandra Burke broke down in tears when asked why she’s kept her baby’s name and gender a secret during Monday’s Loose Women.

The singer, 34, who welcomed her first child with her footballer fiancé Darren Randolph, 35, in July, reflected on her fame’s ‘impact’ upon her family, and how it had been ‘hard’ for them.

She told the panel: ‘I come from X Factor which is public and gave me a platform. In the process I asked for this but my family never…’

‘I asked for fame but my family didn’t… it’s been hard on them!’ Alexandra Burke broke down on Monday’s Loose Women while explaining why her baby’s name and gender are secret

Composing herself after crying, she added: ‘The impact on them is hard and they never asked for it. I want to protect the baby and make its own decision.

‘When I spoke to my friend I said, “I don’t want to hurt anyone.” My mum would say it’s the wise thing to do.’

The Elephant songstress went on to claim she is the ‘happiest she’s ever been’ while joking that ‘sleep is a thing of the past’.

She said: ‘Oh gosh, how life has changed. Sleep is a thing of the past. It’s changed in a brilliant way. I’ve never known love like this before. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been

Doting mum: The singer, 34, who welcomed her first child with her footballer fiancé Darren Randolph, 35, in July, reflected on her fame’s ‘impact’ upon her family

Her story: She said: ‘I come from X Factor which is public and gave me a platform. In the process I asked for this but my family never…’

Teary-eyed: Composing herself after crying, she told the panel: ‘The impact on them is hard and they never asked for it. I want to protect the baby and make its own decision’

‘It’s overwhelming, you cant put it into worlds. It’s the greatest gift in the world. I’m so happy.’

Alexandra, who lost her mother Melissa Bell in 2017 following a battle with diabetes mellitus, continued: ‘I think my mum would be really proud, she always wanted me to have kids. My mum was remarkable and raised four children alone.

‘My respect level is so much more from what she sacrificed for us to have food on the table… It’s been put into respect now I have a baby.’

Alexandra revealed to MailOnline last year she’s in a ‘really happy place’ with ‘lovely guy’ Darren – who she’s thought to have been dating since May 2021.

Tragic: Alexandra (left), who lost her mother Melissa Bell (centre) in 2017 following a battle with diabetes mellitus

Her romance with Darren began after Alexandra split from footballer Angus MacDonald in October 2020, after 15-months of dating.

Darren previously dated The Saturdays star Rochelle Humes before she married singer Marvin Humes in 2012.

Alexandra, who has starred in many West End musicals, found fame after she won The X Factor back in 2008.

Cute couple! Alexandra went ‘Instagram Official’ with West Ham goalkeeper Darren back in June 2021

She told Hello! magazine earlier this year: ‘We are still deciding on a name, but we’ve got a few floating around. Ever since I fell pregnant, we’ve affectionately called the baby ‘Grape’. I think some people may have thought that was their name!’

The Let It Go songstress took to Instagram on Monday July 4 to announce the happy news as she shared a photo of her newborn’s feet.

Captioning the cute snap, she gushed: ‘Welcome to the world our little grape. We already love you more than words can say.’

Adorable: Alexandra and her footballer fiancé Darren Randolph (pictured at the star’s baby shower last month) made a joint announcement to welcome their little bundle of joy  

Alexandra shared no further details about her new arrival, opting to keep the name and gender under wraps.

The news was met with an outpouring of love from Alexandra’s friends, with the likes of Motsi Mabuse, Ella Baig and Gaby Roslin all quick to offer their congratulations.

The couple announced they were expecting a in heartwarming Valentine’s Day video announcement earlier this year.

Alexandra shared the first glimpse of her baby bump with her followers which she captioned: ‘Due June 2022.’

Sweet: Alexandra shared no further details about her new arrival, opting to keep the name and gender under wraps

Congratulations! The news was met with an outpouring of love from Alexandra’s friends, with the likes of Motsi Mabuse, Ella Baig and Gaby Roslin all quick to offer their congratulations

The stage star and her West Ham goalie beau shared their happy news together with the artsy video.

The couple were filmed enjoying a stroll with their many pet pooches, before pausing at the edge of a lake.

Darren knelt down and planted a loving kiss on Alexandra’s bare tummy before they stood and shared a kiss.

Congratulations! Alexandra announced that she was expecting her first child with footballer Darren and shared the first glimpse of her baby bump in February 

Her romance with Darren began after Alexandra split from footballer Angus MacDonald in October 2020, after 15-months of dating.

An insider confirmed to MailOnline at the time that Alexandra and Angus had ‘amicably split’ and ‘remain good friends’ despite having gone their separate ways.

The X Factor winner began dating the sportsman following the breakdown of her engagement to Josh Ginnelly, who she split from just weeks earlier.

Alexandra was previously in a relationship with ex-fiancé Josh for three years before they split in June 2019.

The former Strictly star confirmed she and Josh were engaged in 2018 when she shared a photo of her diamond ring to Instagram alongside the words: ‘I said yes!’

A source previously told The Sun that Alexandra was initially reluctant to date another footballer after Angus and was deliberately taking things ‘incredibly slowly’ with Darren.

The source continued: ‘Darren is the sweetest, most down-to-earth guy — and incredibly charming.’

Adorable: Darren knelt down and planted a loving kiss on Alexandra’s bare tummy before they stood and shared a kiss

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