Una Healy’s ex Ben Foden expecting with new wife after quickie marriage

But is she throwing subtle shade?

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by Samantha Harman |
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Ben Foden has announced he and new wife Jackie Belanonoff Smith are expecting their first child.

The couple married last year aboard a luxury yacht in Nantucket, Massachusetts after two-weeks of dating.

The baby news comes just 19-months after his divorce from former Saturdays star Una Healey, who Ben said at the time gave her "blessing" to his quickie marriage.

At the time Ben wrote,"The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful ex-wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing,"

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Coinciding with the baby news, Una posted a gorgeous throwback Thursday picture on Instagram of herself and two children Aoife and Tadhg, who she shares custody of with the former rugby player.

The caption simply reads, "#tbt #family."

It's left us wondering whether the singer may be throwing some very subtle shade in the direction of her ex-husband?

The pair split in 2017 after it was revealed Ben had a one night stand with PR Becky Milne.

Una became suspicious of his infidelity after hearing gossipat the time which transpired to be true.



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A source told the Mail Online, "Ben and Jackie are over the moon.

"They're so excited to become parents together for the first time and are looking forward to starting their new lives as a family."

Ben appeared in Celebrity X-Factor with fellow rugby stars Thom Evans and Levi Davis who all teamed up to create a Sports Supergroup called Try Stars.

Sadly, they left the competition in week five with football legend Vinnie Jones.

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