For years, her house has been dominated by boys…but Victoria Beckham may finally have a girl after her husband announced the couple are expecting their fourth child.
Both Beckhams have told of their desire to add to their brood after having three boys – Brooklyn, now 11, Romeo, eight, and Cruz, five.
The baby is expected in the summer, but close friends say the couple do not want to know the sex of the child before it is born.
Beckham posted details on his Facebook page telling fans and friends: ‘I’ve got great news to tell you. Victoria and I are expecting a fourth child this summer. The boys are very excited about the arrival of their new brother or sister.’
The couple are understood to have told extended friends and family over the weekend – hosting a celebratory dinner last night.
The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, 36, has often hinted at her desire for a daughter.
She said in one interview that she could imagine ‘painting her nails, putting on make-up, and choosing clothes’ with her.
Last year she said: ‘Everyone keeps asking me if I would like to have a little girl and I think, at some point, if I am lucky enough to have another baby, that would be great. If I am blessed enough.’
But in recent months she has been more circumspect – even telling the forthcoming issue of Vogue in which she is cover star: ‘Maybe one day another baby, but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim.’
Sources close to Mrs Beckham told the Daily Mail that she plans to work through as much of her pregnancy as possible insisting it is ‘business as usual’ – as she has for her previous three.
She will have to have another Caesarean section because of the risks of a natural birth after already having had the operation.
The couple, who have been married for almost 12 years, have put on a show of unity in recent months after being dogged by allegations that Beckham had been unfaithful.
They filed a lawsuit against a U.S. magazine that alleged he slept with a prostitute. Beckham has also denied claims in court papers by the ex-husband of Hollywood jeweller Shery Shabani that she had an affair with him.
The couple are in Britain until the end of February while she prepares her latest collection for fashion week in London
and New York, and he trains with Tottenham Hotspur before returning to the U.S. for the start of the football season there.
The couple’s main home is a £14million mansion in Beverly Hills but they have yet to decide where they will live once his contract with LA Galaxy expires in November.
Beckham, 35, had been in talks with Tottenham to return on a ten-week loan but the deal fell through.