‘We’re catching up on the all the love’: James Arthur shares first picture of baby daughter Emily’s face as he reveals he wrote new song just for her
He shocked fans on Friday when he revealed he’s fathered a baby girl.
And James Arthur has now shared an adorable picture of his newborn daughter Emily’s face for the first time.
The sweet snap shows the singer, 34, on his phone in the hospital, with a little Emily tucked into his jacket, and her face peeking out.
Touching: James Arthur has now shared an adorable picture of his newborn daughter Emily’s face for the first time
Tribute: Captioning the shot, he revealed he had written a new song for her, called Heartbeat, which had been the background of his baby announcement
Captioning the shot, he revealed he had written a new song for her, called Heartbeat, which had been the background of his baby announcement.
He playfully joked that if Emily allowed him, he would share the new tune with his fans as he thanked them for their support.
James wrote: ‘We’re just catching up on all the comments and love, thanks everyone for the lovely reaction to the song I attached to the announcement about the arrival of this little one poking out of me jacket.
‘I wrote Heartbeat for her and we thank you for the love and support. It was meant to be hers, but if she lets me I might share the full version with you lot. Let us know if you’d like to hear it!’
The X Factor winner had not revealed he was expecting a child after rekindling his romance with Jessica Grist at the start of the year.
James revealed they’d named their newborn daughter Emily as a touching tribute to a miscarriage the couple suffered last year.
Surprise! The X Factor winner had not revealed he was expecting a child after rekindling his romance with Jessica Grist at the start of the year
In a black and white video he shared: ‘In the last few days somebody made an unexpected arrival,’ adding: ‘Dear Emily, Welcome to the world..’
The clip saw James cuddling his newborn as she grabbed hold of his finger.
Last year, James revealed his single Emily, which contained a message to a future child, was written while his partner was pregnant – but she tragically lost the baby.
Candid: Last year, James revealed his single Emily, which contained a message to a future child, was written while his partner was pregnant – but she tragically lost the baby
Baby joy! James made the shock announcement in an Instagram video to his new song Heartbeat
James penned emotional lyrics as an ode to his then-unborn baby, including ‘I’m going to ask your mum to marry me’, and ‘I feel a love that I just can’t believe – You’re everything’.
Speaking on Andy Jaye’s An Hour With podcast, James said that when he put the song together his partner was pregnant and so the lyrics were meant to tell the child that the singer had been ‘living with an empty soul’ until she came along.
In his song’s lyrics James stated: ”I needed life and life came, and gave me Emily. You make me a better man than I’ll ever be, ever be, ever be, because of you Emily’.
Over: It was reported in January that James had rekindled his romance with his long term girlfriend Jessica Grists after nine years together
Asked if it was written for a future daughter, James said: ‘To be honest, when it first came out I sort of billed it as that, but I spoke to my partner, and at the time it was a realistic prospect. She was pregnant.
What is an ectopic pregnancy?
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.
The fallopian tubes are the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb.
If an egg gets stuck in them, it won’t develop into a baby and your health may be at risk if the pregnancy continues.
Unfortunately, it’s not possible to save the pregnancy. It usually has to be removed using medicine or an operation.
In the UK, around 1 in every 80-90 pregnancies is ectopic. This is around 12,000 pregnancies a year.
‘Sadly it didn’t work out. It wasn’t far, it was a couple of months and she had an ectopic pregnancy. So she lost the child, and I didn’t really want to talk about it.
‘But she actually said ”I think it’s really important that you do” – just because there’s so little information, and I would echo that actually.’
He admitted he was rather quick off the mark with the song – because people normally wait longer before talking about a pregnancy to ensure the baby has come through the early difficult weeks.
James said: ‘I remember at the time saying ‘So you’ve got to wait 14 weeks, or whatever it is, before you can even celebrate this, and I was writing the songs about it – I’m going to be a dad.
‘I was thinking about having the hopes and fears anybody would have having a child. And sadly it didn’t work out.
‘But the song was special to us, and we felt like it was one of the stronger songs on the record.
‘And the record label were like ”we think you should release this song” – I guess to say this is a song to my future child which I still would call Emily. So it made sense to put it out like that. I was having a child. I guess it’s a bit weird people hearing it.’
It was reported in January that James had rekindled his romance with Jessica after they split in May last year.
A source told The Sun that, after nine years of on-off dating, James and Jessica have ‘grown apart’ and feel the relationship has ‘run its course.’
The insider revealed: ‘James and Jessica have a lot of history, so they will always have a special place in each other’s hearts but the truth is they have just grown apart and decided it wasn’t working any more.
‘There was no big drama and they are still friends, but it is nevertheless a blow for both of them because they have been together for such a long time.
‘It just feels like the relationship has run its course now and James is focusing on his music, because he has a big year ahead of him, he recently signed a new record deal and has a new album and tour just around the corner, so he is throwing himself into his work.’
This was not the first split for James and Jessica. The pair previously ended their relationship in 2015 before rekindling their romance two years later.
If you have been affected by the subject of this story please call the Miscarriage Association Helpline on 01924 200799.
Tough: The singer revealed he was set to become a dad when he penned the song, and even after losing the baby, his partner convinced him to release the song