A segment about the Zika virus on today's This Morning got viewers speculating...
It seems Holly Willoughby’s fans are really keen for her to have another child.
The 36-year-old presenter and her husband Dan Baldwin are already parents to kids Harry, Belle and Chester, but that hasn’t stopped people from speculating about them having a fourth.
It was actually This Morning‘s resident travel expert Simon Calder who sparked rumours today.
Basically, as he chaired a phone-in discussion about safe holiday locations, the Zika virus was brought up.
A viewer named Lauren enquired about exotic destinations that are free from Zika. This is because it can be a huge risk for pregnant women, spreading to a fetus and causing severe brain malformations and birth defects.
Simon explained: ‘Zika is a nasty, mosquito-born disease. For people like me and Phillip [Schofield] it doesn’t matter at all – we might feel lousy for a few days.
‘But anyone who is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant it can be quite serious.’
Of course, Simon probably just meant that neither he nor Phillip ever would ever be pregnant or planning to become so, being men and everything.
But others took his omission of Holly’s name to mean something quite different,
One viewer Tweeted: ‘#ThisMorning @thismorning ‘me and Phil are okay, but people who are pregnant or trying’ Holly? 🙈😂, while another wrote: ‘Didn’t include Holly in his comment about Zika but said it affects people who are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant #ThisMorning 🤔 [sic].’
Hmm. This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that reports of Holly’s ‘pregnancy’ have emerged.
Last month, the rumour mill went into overdrive when she appeared to refuse cheese on air. Fans noted that some mould-ripened cheeses, such as Brie and Camembert, aren’t recommended for expectant women.
Holly has previously admitted to being keen to expand her family, telling The Sun: ‘I love being pregnant and I love having babies.
‘I don’t want that area of my life to be over because it makes me sad to think I’d not be doing it again.’
So you never know. But we think we’ll wait for Holly to make an announcement of her own before we start getting too excited.