Inside Perrie Edwards and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains relationship as the couple become parents
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Perrie Edwards and boyfriend Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have recently announced the birth of their first child together.
The wonderful news was announced via both the parents' Instagram accounts as they shared black and white images of their newborn, whose name and gender hasn't been revealed yet.
Little Mix singer Perrie, 28, and professional football player Alex, 28, are one of showbiz's most adorable couples, and frequently update their fans with glimpses into their relationship.
The long-term lovers have been dating for over four years, with their romance going from strength to strength as they prepped to welcome their new addition.
Here we take a look into the chart-topper and Liverpool player's relationship timeline, and look back to where it all began…
How did Alex and Perrie meet and when did they start dating?
Back in 2015, it's thought that Alex was introduced to all of the Little Mix members apart from Perrie, who couldn't make to the interview they were at that day.
The new mum actually missed the chance to meet her future beau, but luckily their paths crossed again, as a year later they were spotted enjoying a series of dates on the down-low.
The exact time of their romance starting out is thought to be mid to late 2016, and Alex was spotted in November 2016 supporting the Little Mix girls during their guest live performance on The X Factor.
The pop group had returned to the set of the TV show they were formed on, and were performing their single 'Shout Out To My Ex'.
Alex was spotted supporting Perrie in the audience and the footballer happily posed for photos with fans.
When did Perrie and Alex make things official?
In January 2017, blonde bombshell Perrie decided to confirm hers and Alex's romance by posting a candid snap of her man sitting at the kitchen table.
He smiled as both of their dogs sat next to him, but Perrie later deleted the snap which caused fans to believe they'd split.
However, less than a month later she posted a romantic snap of the two on her Instagram grid, as they enjoyed a trip to Paris in February 2017.
She simply captioned the post "Him."
When did Alex first attend an A-List event with Perrie?
Perrie chose a huge event to mark hers and Alex's first red carpet appearance together.
Both dressed in chic all-black outfits, the couple attended the 2017 BRIT Awards arm in arm.
It was a very successful evening for Perrie and her fellow Little Mix band mates, as they scooped Best British Single for their hit Shout Out To My Ex.
The singer planted a kiss on Alex as they were announced as the winners, which was caught on camera.
First milestone moments together
In June 2017 the couple jetted off on their first romantic getaway, sharing plenty of snaps from their luxury break with fans.
Born only a month apart, they celebrated Perrie's 24th birthday in July 2017, followed by Alex's in August.
She posted a sweet snap of her man in bed wearing a white t-shirt to commemorate the day, writing: "'Happy birthday my love. 24! If I can wake up to this for the rest of my life that would be wonderful!"
In the run-up to Christmas, the pair uploaded endless adorable snaps together, with Perrie posting a series of festive images on Instagram to mark their first Christmas together as an official couple.
Perrie captioned her Christmas post: "I got exactly what I wanted and I'm staring at it."
When did Perrie and Alex move in together?
In January 2018, it looked liked all the arrangements were in-place for Perrie and her boyfriend to move in together.
The chart-topper star sold her house and a series of Instagram Stories showed her moving into a new home.
While neither of them confirmed their living arrangements and Alex being located in Liverpool at the time due to his job, it was clear from their social media posts they were sharing a home.
Are Perrie and Alex engaged?
In November 2018, Perrie had fans convinced she and Alex had secretly wed when she referred to her beau's mum as her 'mother in law' when sharing a photo of the cute advent calendar she'd bought for her.
Alex went on to fuel the engagement speculation at the BRITs in 2019 when he winked after being asked by a reporter about a potential proposal.
However, months passed before the rumours were re-ignited until a spelling blunder by Perrie of her boyfriend's surname went viral.
After accidentally adding an 'e' onto Alex's surname, she addressed the situation by stating she'll find it much easier to spell it if it's ever her own one.
Pregnancy announcement and birth of first child
The hitmaker melted the hearts of all her fans after she and Alex announced their pregnancy in May 2021.
Posting a series of stunning pregnancy photo shoot images, she wrote: "So happy to be on this wild journey with my soulmate.
"Me + Him = You. We can’t wait to meet you baby Ox!"
On Saturday, August 21, 2021, Alex and Perrie welcomed their child into the world, announcing the incredible news the following day.
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