Comedian Russell Brand has confirmed he’s expecting his first child with girlfriend Laura Gallacher. The 41-year-old was first rumoured to be expecting a child with Gallacher back in May and the couple are also reported to have recently celebrated their engagement.

On Instagram Brand posted a photo of himself holding a copy of Dean Beaumont’s book, The Expectant Dad’s Handbook, along with the caption, “Right then. My Mum bought me this. Time to get ready!” It’s the first time Brand has addressed the pregnancy rumours since they first surfaced two months ago.

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In May The Sun reported that Gallacher was five months pregnant and had been living with Brand for six months. A friend told the newspaper: “Russell might have bedded many of the world’s most stunning women but now it’s all about Laura and becoming a dad.”

“It feels like a new chapter in their lives and the couple are enjoying every moment, including discussing baby names. Russell is absolutely made up. Most of his closest friends have children and he was desperate to start a family.”

Last month it was reported that Brand had also proposed to Gallacher and the couple had celebrated their engagement at a party with friends and family. A source told The Sun: “Laura is also keen to keep their romance low-key, so the small, intimate party was very much in keeping with their ‘homebods’ image."

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“As they are becoming parents, Russell wanted to do the right thing and make Laura his wife. She’s delighted he asked.” Brand was previously married to pop star Katy Perry. The couple wed in a Hindu ceremony in India in October 2010, but just 14 months later Brand filled for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.