Nicole Appleton announces surprise baby arrival after hiding pregnancy

Nicole Appleton has announced she has had a baby girl after hiding her pregnancy for nine months.

The All Saints singer, 45, welcomed daughter Skipper Hudson Haines with her partner Stephen Haines.

Appleton posted a picture of herself and Haines with their newborn on Instagram, as well as a close-up of the baby's face.

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Nicole Appleton of All Saints at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in London.
Nicole Appleton outside St. Mary's Church during the funeral and procession to honour the memory of The Prodigy's Keith Flint, in Essex. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Nicole Appleton arriving for a concert hosted by Sentebale in Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, to raise awareness and vital funds for the Duke of Sussex's charity, Sentebale, which helps young people in southern Africa affected by HIV.
All Saints (l-r Nicole Appleton, Melanie Blatt, Natalie Appleton, Shaznay Lewis) performing at BBC Proms in the Park, in Hyde Park, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 10, 2016. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire.
All Saints' Nicole Appleton performs on the Virgin Media Stage during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.
(Left to Right) Nicole Appleton, Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis from All Saints perform on the Virgin Media Stage during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.
Nicole Appleton (right) and Melanie Blatt (left) perform on the Virgin Media Stage during the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex.
Melanie Blatt (left) and Nicole Appleton attending the Absolutely Fabulous The Movie After Party held at Liberty Department Store in London.
Nicole Appleton attending the World premiere of Absolutely Fabulous The Movie held at Odeon Cinema in Leicester Square, London.
Nicole Appleton attending Dan Baldwin's new exhibition The Fear of Letting Go, at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in central London.
All Saints members (from the left) Shaznay Lewis, Nicole Appleton and Nicole Appleton on the trading floor during the BGC Partners Charity Day in London's Docklands.
Nicole Appleton of All Saints live on stage on day 2 of V Festival on 17th August 2014 at Weston Park, Staffordshire
Nicole Appleton of All Saints performs at G-A-Y Heaven in London.
Nicole Appleton (right) watching her husband Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye performing on The Other Stage, at the Glastonbury Festival, at Worthy Farm in Somerset.
Nicole Appleton and Liam Gallagher arriving at the 56th BFI London Film Festival Gala Screening of Crossfire Hurricanes, Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
Nicole Appleton arriving at the 56th BFI London Film Festival Gala Screening of Crossfire Hurricanes, Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
Liam Gallagher and wife Nicole Appleton arrive for the 20th Annual Drapers Awards Ceremony, Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton celebrating the launch of In 1 Productions and the announcement of the feature film The Longest Cocktail Party, at the Terrazza Martini Beach, part of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, Palais des Festivals, Cannes.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton celebrating the launch of In 1 Productions and the announcement of the feature film The Longest Cocktail Party, at the Terrazza Martini Beach, part of the 63rd Cannes Film Festival, Palais des Festivals, Cannes.
Liam Gallagher and wife Nicole Appleton arrive for the launch party of Liam's new clothing range, Pretty Green, at the Gore Hotel in south west London.
Nicole Appleton and Sugababes Keisha Buchanan at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards, at Banqueting House, Whitehall Place, central London.
Nicole Appleton poses with characters from the video game Viva Pinata during the launch of the Xbox 360 Gaming Zone at Legoland, in Windsor.
Melanie Blatt (L) and Nicole Appleton (R) of All Saints at the Isle of Wight Festival 2008 at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton arriving at the Shine A Light UK Premiere, Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London.
Nicole Appleton of All Saints poses at the Cancer Research UK Sound and Vision photocall at the Proud Galleries in Camden Town, London on February 12, 2007.
Nicole Appleton, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie Appleton and Melanie Blatt of the All Saints performing at The Shepherd's Bush Pavillion on October 25, 2006 in London. Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Nicole Appleton, Shaznay Lewis, Natalie Appleton and Melanie Blatt of the All Saints performing at The Shepherd's Bush Pavillion on October 25, 2006 in London. Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment
Noel and Liam Gallagher with their partners Sara MacDonald and Nicole Appleton arrive for the annual Q Awards 2005, the music magazine's annual awards ceremony, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London, Monday 10 October 2005.
Noel (L) and Liam Gallagher arrive with Liam's partner Nicole Appleton for the annual Q Awards 2005, the music magazine's annual awards ceremony, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, central London.
Former All Saints bandmates Nicole Appleton (left) and Melanie Blatt during designer Betty Jackson's London Fashion Week spring/summer 2006 show at the BFC Tent, Natural History Museum, central London Monday 19 September 2005. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA
Liam Gallagher of Oasis with his fiancee Nicole Appleton, their son Gene (front right) and nephew Ace.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton arriving at UK Radioaid, Capital Radio, Leicester Square, London. All the commercial radio stations teamed up for one day to join forces with a joint all day broadcast in aid of the Tsunami Appeal. Doug Peters/allactiondigital.com
Nicole Appleton arriving to take part in a 268 station, 12 hour commercial radio show to raise money for Tsunami victims.
Liam Gallagher, his partner Nicole Appleton and their son Gene arriving to take part in a 268 station, 12 hour commercial radio show to raise money for Tsunami victims.
Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton leave after Nicole's 30th birthday party at Soho House in central London.
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She also shared a picture of herself cradling her pregnant stomach.

The music star wrote: "After hiding my pregnancy for the last 9 months... which was SOOOOO difficult & keeping her a secret from all my friends... I can finally announce our incredible news!!"

Appleton, who has 18-year-old son Gene with ex-husband Liam Gallagher, added: "Our little girl 'Skipper Hudson Haines' has arrived Stephen & Gene are besotted!!! I'm SOOO HAPPY!!"

She was married to the former Oasis rocker from 2008 until 2014, having been in a relationship with him since 2000.

Among those congratulating the pop star following her surprise reveal was This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby, who wrote: "Welcome to the world beautiful Skipper... you lucky girl... you've won the mum lottery..."

"Can't wait to meet you ... love you all."

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All Saints stars Natalie Appleton, Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and Nicole Appleton in 2016 (Ian West/PA)

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite wrote "OMG NO WORDS", before later adding: "So incredible... love you very much."

Spice Girl Emma Bunton said: "Just the best news my gorgeous girl! We love you so much. X."

Appleton's sister and fellow All Saints member Natalie responded by sharing the post on her own Instagram page, and writing: "Welcome to the world my beautiful niece Skipper! We love you sooo much!!"

Singer and TV host Myleene Klass commented: "Whoah!!!!!!!!!"

Appleton rose to fame in the girl group in the late 1990s with her sister and Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis.

They were known for hits including Never Ever, I Know Where It's At and Pure Shores.

All Saints split in 2001, but later reunited, and the Appleton sisters have also released music as a duo.

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