The singer has also been working on a new album

Paloma Faith has announced she is expecting her first child.

The singer shared the good news with her fans alongside an update of where she is at with new music.

“So the good news is my 4th album is well underway and I am very excited about it. It’s actually nearly finished as I type!” she wrote on her Facebook page today (August 22).

“I have been working with the amazing Jesse Shatkin on it as producer and it has been a real honour. It is called The Architect and is very aptly named as it leads me on to my next announcement.

“I am also delighted to tell you I am going to take a short while off to have a baby. I have spent my whole life wanting to be a mother and how the time has come for me to do so. I feel so lucky.”

She told fans the pregnancy meant the album wouldn’t be released this year and would also rule her out of participating in the new series of The Voice, on which she had formerly been a mentor, as Digital Spy reports.

“So while you are all patiently waiting I would like you to know that I am grateful for your continued support and patience, and I hope that you will respect my new family with privacy in a time which should be calm and without anxiety,” she added.

“I really do not want this child to be in the public eye as it won’t have chosen to and I hope everyone can understand that.

“I am nervous and excited about being a mum and just need to be normal and low key for a while. Pregnancy and motherhood is a very personal thing: daunting, new and worrying at times and I don’t want to add to it by having to ‘look’ a certain way when pregnant or be photographed pregnant with my child to be. I want the baby to have the freedom of a normal life.”

Faith promised fans she would return to the stage “full of energy and excited to come and sing for you again”.

She also described the album as “sounding super exciting”. “I can’t wait to share it with you all. I am very lucky and grateful in the knowledge I will get to do so very soon. Your loyalty is a gift and astounds me every album release.

“I am grateful for your understanding and promise to return fully fledged when I have has this moment of solitude and new life. I am beyond happy about it.”