Supermodel Naomi Campbell shocked fans today by announcing she has welcomed her first child at the age of 50.

The fashion icon shared a sweet snap of her cradling her newborn daughter and revealed she was grateful that 'science' had allowed her to 'become a parent whenever she wants.'

In a short statement, she penned: "A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother.

"So honoured to have this gentle soul in my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel. There is no greater love."

Celeb pals of the model then rushed to congratulate her on the new arrival.

Naomi Campbell has announced she's become a first time mum at the age of 50

The announcement came as a surprise to many fans, although Naomi has previously shared her desire to become a mum.

In 2017 she admitted that she thought about 'having children all the time' but did not feel the need to rush as she could 'rely on science.'

Two years later Naomi caused a stir when she was embroiled in unlikely romance with One Direction pop sensation Liam Payne.

The supermodel was linked to One Direction star Liam Payne in 2019 after they were spotted multiple times at the same events after flirting up a storm on Instagram

In a celebrity match that nobody saw coming, Liam and Naomi - who share a 23 year age gap - were first linked in January 2019.

The pair hadn't been shy about their attraction to one other, openly flirting on social media and commenting on each other's steamy pics.

The public exchanges came after Naomi found herself single after allegedly splitting with Skepta in August 2018 - just two months after Liam, 27, announced his relationship with Cheryl, 37, had come to an end.

In January 2019, Liam made his feelings clear when he called the model 'perfection in a person' in a lusty Instagram message.

Liam called the model 'perfection' as she posed for a close-up selfie
Liam left a cheeky message for all to see

Naomi then repaid the compliment by replying 'beautiful soul' on one of Liam's topless snaps.

The same month the duo were spotted for the first time at Nigerian artist Davido's concert at London's O2 Arena.

A month later they were seen again as they spent the evening at the same restaurant in Ghana.

In another sighting, the pair were seen leaving celeb haunt Annabel's on the same night - just minutes apart.

At the time, a source told The Sun Liam was bragging about the 'mind-blowing' sex and saying he 'couldn't believe his luck' to be with Naomi.

Naomi was spotted leaving Annabel's in London minutes apart from Liam
The 1D star caused a stir with his exit shortly after

As the union attracted public attention, at the 2019 Brit Awards, host Jack Whitehall cracked jokes about the unlikely courtship as he introduced Liam to the stage.

Calling the boyband member 'Naomi Campbell's current squeeze', Jack teased he'd be in a 'world of pain if he crossed her.'

Weeks later it was Naomi's turn to be grilled as she appeared on the Jonathan Ross talk show.

Fans noticed the pair flirting on Instagram
Naomi Campbell refused to discuss her love life during her appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show

The comedian wasted no time in asking the icon about her love life.

However, the gossiping was quickly shut down by Naomi who explained "I never discuss my personal life' and described the ongoing speculation about her and the 1D star as 'humorous'.

Soon after a source disclosed that Naomi and Liam's 'fling' had 'fizzled out' as quickly as it had started.

"Naomi has taken the decision to let things fizzle out. She’s just not into Liam any more. Quite simply, she got a bit bored," a source told The Sun.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell wears a white VVB dress in New York
Sources claimed Naomi 'got bored' and dumped the ex boybander

The Steal My Girl singer was swiftly linked to Victoria's Secret model Stella Maxwell after they were papped dining together in Berlin.

While Liam and Naomi have always played it coy on the nature of their relationship, the boyband star appeared to drop a big clue when he appeared on Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live.

Host Andy Cohen asked the singer three questions which he could answer or opt to 'plead the fifth', which means a refusal to answer.

Liam was teased about his romance by Jack Whitehall at the 2019 BRIT Awards

"Liam, can you confirm or deny that you dated Naomi?" Andy quizzed.

"I plead the fifth," Liam responded without missing a beat.

Fellow guests Lea Michelle added fuel to the fire as she exclaimed: "He confirmed it!"

"I pled the fifth. It’s my right as a human," Liam insisted.

Ant Middleton tried to get the truth out of Liam on his Straight Talking Sky TV show

He was also asked about a possible romance with Naomi by former SAS: Who Dares Wins star Ant Middleton as they trekked around Namibia together for a TV show.

"She was just a friend," Liam told Ant, before turning away and giggling when the army man asked if she was a 'friend friend.'

"Come on Liam you know she wasn't an old buddy old pal, I think the world knows that!" Ant told him.

A grinning Liam replied: "You believe what you want - I'm not saying anything."