Former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett says she feels like "the luckiest woman in the world" after announcing she is pregnant at 38.
Actress Roxanne has made a new life in America after marrying her firefighter husband Jason Carrion, and they are now expecting their first child together.
Roxanne, in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, has told how life has changed since she quit showbiz and ditched social media following her controversial stint on Celebrity Big Brother in 2018.
In an exclusive chat, Roxanne said: “I now know what ‘happy ever after’ feels like.
“To have such a beautiful life here and be blessed with the most incredible husband and our little baba on the way… my mum’s already knitting for England.
“My husband is driving round at all hours getting me pizza and cookies. We’re in a bubble of excitement.”
Roxanne wed Jason in New York City in January 2020, 17 months after they first met.
The actress switched her life up after becoming the most complained about woman on TV following CBB’s “punchgate”.
Roxanne left the house after falsely accusing fellow contestant and Corrie star Ryan Thomas of maliciously hitting her – but footage later showed it was clearly accidental.
She was diagnosed with complex PTSD and Panic Disorder after the row but says specialist treatment really helped.
“Therapy… changing my environment, leaving showbiz and eliminating the online world has given me the most peace and progress,” she admitted.
Roxanne played Jo Stiles in Emmerdale for three years from 2005 and later appeared in Waterloo Road and Casualty.
She said: “Everyone I now have around me brings out the best in me.
“It’s true that happiness is the greatest success.
“I’m just very grateful for such a beautiful chapter.”