All the secret signs Victoria Coren Mitchell, 51, was pregnant: From talking about taking a ‘little sabbatical’ to carefully planned TV appearances just WEEKS before she gave birth
Victoria Coren Mitchell and her husband David have welcomed their second child together after keeping the pregnancy a secret.
The TV presenter, 51, confirmed their happy news on Twitter on Wednesday, announcing that she had welcomed their little one last week.
The news was also shared in The Times with an announcement that confirmed they had a baby daughter called June Violet.
It read: ‘Mitchell on 26th October 2023 to Victoria and David, a daughter, June Violet sister to Barbara.’
Victoria – who already shares eight-year-old daughter Barbara with comedian David, 49 – kept her pregnancy a secret before confirming the birth of her second child.
Congratulations! Victoria Coren Mitchell and her husband David have welcomed their second child together after keeping the pregnancy a secret (they are pictured in June)
In recent weeks, Victoria hinted at her upcoming maternity leave as she cryptically tweeted about taking a ‘little sabbatical’ away from her work as a TV host.
She told how she had pre-recorded some TV shows, including her hosting gig on Only Connect, as she shared her last TV column in The Telegraph before her break.
Victoria wrote: ‘My TV column today is the last in a while – I’m taking a little sabbatical, though I HAVE recorded some TV shows for people to shout at in my absence. For my last pre-break column I’ve written about Blankety Blank and my new friend Lozza.’
Victoria has made few public and red carpet appearances in recent months, and was last spotted out with her Peep Show star husband David at the V&A’s 2023 summer party on June 21.
Victoria stunned in a bright pink dress as she concealed her pregnancy and held a chic clutch bag over her stomach in her last public sighting before giving birth.
She had also stepped out with David at the We Will Rock You Gala night at the London Coliseum on June 7, but has not been seen much in public in recent months.
Just weeks before giving birth, Victoria also appeared as a guest host on Have I Got News for You but strategically managed to conceal her pregnancy on air.
In the episode, which was released on October 6, Victoria looked stylish in a pink floral print zip-up ensemble as she kept quiet about her pregnancy.
Keeping quiet: Victoria – who already shares eight-year-old daughter Barbara with David, 49 – kept her pregnancy a secret with few public outings in recent months (pictured in June)
Break: In recent weeks, Victoria hinted at her upcoming maternity leave as she cryptically tweeted about taking a ‘little sabbatical’ away from her work as a TV host
The show regular sat in the hosting seat for the 18th time as she returned to lead the show alongside joined guest panelists Carol Vorderman and Ignacio Lopez, and team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop.
Ahead of the pre-recorded show airing, Victoria also took to Instagram to share a smiling snap with Carol, but it was carefully cropped to just their faces.
She captioned the post: ‘Look, here I am with curvy brainbox CAROL VORDERMAN at last night’s recording of Have I Got News For You.
‘Also featuring Ignacio Lopez (a brilliant Spanish comedian I didn’t know), and of course iconic Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. It’s on BBC One tonight at 9.’
Just weeks later, Victoria confirmed that she had welcomed her second child and took to Instagram to announce her and David’s news.
After sharing a snap of herself in a red cloak on October 31 she followed up by writing: ‘Many people are assuming my tweet yesterday was a Halloween costume’.
‘Not at all; last week I had a baby and nothing currently fits me except cloaks. Luckily, Only Connect is a pre-record. Happy All Saints Day!’.
Racing to the comments fans and famous friends were quick to send their best wishes, with Countdown’s Rachel Riley writing: ‘Mozel tov, hope you are both doing well’.
With someone else saying: ‘Congratulations, I’m sure everyone is happy to hear some lovely news right now and another Coren Mitchell in the world is certainly that!’.
TV appearances: Just weeks before giving birth, Victoria also appeared as a guest host on Have I Got News for You, and managed to conceal her pregnancy on air
All smiles: Ahead of the pre-recorded show airing, Victoria also took to Instagram to share a smiling snap with Carol, but it was carefully cropped to their faces
Work: Victoria has pre-recorded episodes of Only Connect, which will air while she is on maternity leave
While a third quipped: ‘Congratulations, I had a baby 37 years ago and nothing currently fits’.
Another wrote: ‘Amazing news. Congratulations to you and David. And best wishes for the future’.
And: ‘Many congratulations, a new baby how wonderful’.
Professional poker player Victoria is best known for hosting BBC2’s quiz show Only Connect, while David starred at socially awkward Mark in cult classic sitcom Peep Show.
David, who wed Victoria in 2012, previously described their first daughter Barbara as ‘the best human being that has ever been born’.
He said in a chat on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2018: ‘Unfortunately, there is nothing like having a tiny child who’s safety you are responsible for to make you worry.
‘You really don’t want the world to spin into the sun and explode. You thought you didn’t want it before but you really don’t want it [after having a child].
‘That is the real downside of parenthood, and I suppose any form of love, is it makes you fear more… I would say love is not a stress reduction exercise is it?
‘What you want is a long period of bland contentment… I’m a family man. I’ve made bad choices and I am constantly worried.’
Announcement: The news was shared in The Times with an announcement that confirmed they had a baby daughter called June Violet
Spooky: Victoria also hinted at her news as she made a clarification about her outfit after sharing a snap of herself in a red cloak on October 31
Clarification: She wrote: ‘Last week I had a baby and nothing currently fits me except cloaks. Luckily, Only Connect is a pre-record. Happy All Saints Day!’
Comedy: David (R) starred at socially awkward Mark in cult classic sitcom Peep Show (pictured with co-star and comedy partner Robert Webb)
David and Victoria met at a showbiz party in 2007, and even though David admitted he was instantly smitten with the fellow writer and broadcaster, three years went by before they actually got together.
Victoria was in a relationship with someone else at the time and turned down the comedian’s advances.
In his autobiography Back Story, David spoke out about the agony of not being with the love of his life for those years, and how it led him to midnight walks in the park and frequent visits to the pub.
‘I was hopelessly in love. I told no one about it,’ the star disclosed in his book. ‘I didn’t tell my closest friends or my parents of the enormous sadness that overshadowed my life.’
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