The worst kept celebrity secret of 2014 has been confirmed — Lara Bingle has a bun in the oven.

OK! magazine has published the first photos of the pregnant 27-year-old model, claiming she has “three months to go” before the birth of her first child.

The photos show Bingle in Palm Springs, California, dressed down in a loose white T-shirt and baggy black pants, wearing a floppy tan sunhat and shades. Her growing baby bump protrudes from under her baggy top.

The mag reports that Lara, who can be seen in one of the pics strolling through Palm Springs with her mother, Sharon Bingle, is six months along.

The photos are the first proof we’ve seen that Lara is expecting a baby with partner Sam Worthington, despite rumours circulating for several months now.

A friend told the magazine that the news “came as a wonderful surprise when she found out last August.

“Sam’s even let-up on his strict privacy stance,” the pal said, adding that the swimsuit model has struggled to keep the pregnancy whispers at bay.

She is “having a very easy and healthy pregnancy” they told the mag, and has “already worked out a plan with her trainer to lose the baby weight as soon as her obstetrician says it’s OK.”

Lara has been playing guessing games with the media surrounding her pregnancy status for a while. Earlier this week she posted a series of Instagram pictures of herself in the pool at the famous Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, where she is staying with her mum, with a clear curve to her tummy.

An onlooker who recognised the Aussie beauty told Confidential “she is glowing,” adding “she is definitely pregnant. She was showing off her belly in a bikini and seemed really happy.”

Lara has reportedly informed close family and friends while the 38-year-old actor told co-stars and crew about the baby while he was filming TV series Deadline Gallipoli in Australia last year. Sharon Bingle told OK! of her daughter’s news: “I think she will make a great mum.”

She and Worthington have refused to address the lingering baby rumours until now, despite plenty insisting that she is expecting.

Kiis FM radio co-host Jackie O added fuel to the fire back in November, telling Sandilands on air, “I’ve heard that she is,” adding that a friend of Lara’s had informed her.

Reports first kicked off back in September, with pals telling various media publications that the swimsuit model and her Avatar beau are expecting their first bub together.

Lara and her bestie Vickie Lee, who is also pregnant, were snapped walking out of an obstetrician’s surgery at Bondi Junction, Westfield in November while the blonde beauty was in town to launch her new beauty range, The Base.

Prior to that she was seen shopping at famous high-end baby boutique Bel Bambini in West Hollywood and baby Dior in Paris in October.

Published Date: 29th January 2015