Trigger Warning: This article discusses pregnancy loss.
Gogglebox Australia star, Isabelle Silbery has welcomed her first child with husband AJ Richards.
She announced the arrival of her daughter, Ruby Emily Richards in early December.
“The female body is truly incredible,” she wrote on Instagram. “My daughter is here and the experience was grounding and empowering.”
“@ajrichards6 so honoured to see you become a besotted father 🥰”
“I’m hormonal and in a love bubble. More to come soon. Xx”
In a previous interview with Woman’s Day, the 38-year-old gleefully revealed how her family responded to a new addition to the family.
“There will be three women on the couch again,” the 38-year-old told Woman’s Day, adding that her fellow Gogglebox family, mum Kerry and grandmother Emmie, were elated to hear that there would be another strong female joining the Silbery clan.
“Mum is so excited I’m having a girl. She always told me, ‘It’s up to you to have another woman in the family.'”
While Isabelle’s grandmother Emmie, 94, unfortunately had to step away from our screens earlier this year as a result of her ongoing battle with dementia, her granddaughter has managed to find a silver lining to Emmie’s heartbreaking diagnosis.
“Every time we go visit her, and we go multiple times a week, we have to relive [the pregnancy news] all over again, it’s so good,” Isabelle giggles, adding, “I taped the [sonogram] photo onto the wall because I just want her to wake up and remember the news so she starts the day out positively.”
Fortunately for the Silbery’s Gogglebox family and fans, their beloved Emmie still holds the show close to her heart, with Isabelle sharing a video to Instagram of herself and her grandmother celebrating Gogglebox’s win at the 63rd TV WEEK Logie Awards.
As the family were preparing for the arrival of their baby girl, Isabelle shared a candid update on her pregnancy and her journey with her mental health.
“Anyone who’s miscarried before knows all too well that every day that goes past in the first trimester is excruciatingly hard. Will it survive? Will there be a heartbeat at the first scan? When can I let myself be excited? Yet for me, the excitement didn’t seem to come,” she wrote for MamaMia.
“If you do have negative feelings about your pregnancy, this doesn’t make you a bad mother. It’s crucial to get the help and support needed,” Silbery added; sharing the importance of a supportive network of friends, family, and healthcare professionals during challenging times.
WATCH: Gogglebox’s Isabelle and Emmie Silbery celebrate Logies win. Article continues after video.
Silbery previously opened up on her experience with pregnancy loss, giving followers a candid insight into what she described as a “really tough time.”
“I was pregnant and then I wasn’t,” she wrote, alongside a broken heart emoji.
“Miscarriage is so hard… and after experiencing it myself recently and hearing the stories of other women and couples, I realise how common it is. I feel that it’s clearly not spoken about openly enough.
“It’s been a really rough time… the rollercoaster of getting my head around being a mother again and then suddenly having it taken away. I’m working my way through it and have had great support from my psychologist and my mates.”
“What’s also been challenging is simultaneously supporting myself but also Alex as we process our individual losses,” she continued in her post.
Isabelle’s former Gogglebox co-stars Yvie Jones and Angie Kent were among those to share their support for the star as she shared her story on social media. Isabelle also revealed she’s had the support of her loved ones as she and Alex told them ‘early on’.
“We shared our happy news openly with our friends and family early on and we don’t regret this because it’s enabled us to be so well supported as we get through this,” she wrote.
“I now understand all the amazing women who have been through this and my heart goes out to all of you… wherever you are.”
The arrival of Isabelle’s baby girl will be her first child with husband Alex ‘AJ’ Richards. Isabelle is also mum to nine-year-old son Luca, who she shares with her ex-husband.
Isabelle first shared the happy news with fans on social media in early June 2023.
“It’s happening 👶🤍,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Just days before our appointment with a fertility specialist, this little one decided that the time was right for us now and we couldn’t be happier!”
“I won’t lie, it’s been a rough start. I’m sick, sick of being sick, unable to do all my normal stuff & mentally exhausted. I do love my new boobs though!”
“Even though eating fruit tingles and binging #oneborneveryminute is currently helping, I couldn’t do this without @ajrichards6 looking after us 💜”
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. You can call the SANDS 24/7 bereavement support line on 1300 308 307 or visit the website.