Celebrity Families

Zoe Ventoura reveals how she kept her pregnancy hidden and why the secrecy wasn’t intentional

''There were some big bags and some very big jackets.''

By Maddison Hockey
If there's one thing fans of Home and away star Zoe Ventoura know it's that the star is intensely private when it comes to her life away from the screen.
When the actress surfaced with a newborn baby with husband Dan MacPherson, we were stumped.
No one had known the 40-year- old was even pregnant, let alone had given birth to her son Austin.
So it shouldn't be a shock we're still learning surprising new details about Zoe's pregnancy, specifically that the star had been hiding her growing bump while filming Home And Away.
Zoe was pregnant while playing Alex. (Instagram)
"For the first couple of months I looked pretty normal, but by the end of my contract I was starting to show quite a bit, so there were some big bags and some very big jackets," she tells SundayLife. "I was playing a doctor, so I was hiding behind folders quite a lot!"
Zoe also went on to explain why she kept her pregnancy so secret, and it turns out it wasn't quite intentional.
"It wasn't that I was hiding it," she says. "If someone had gone, 'Oh god, she's pregnant' I would have been 'yeah', but it never came out. So it was really quite nice to go through that privately and share it with my family and friends. It was a really lovely time."
Zoe only shares rare glimpses of Austin. (Instagram)
While Zoe kept her pregnancy covert and has also kept son Austin away from the public eye – sharing only rare glimpses of the 1-year-old – the actress and her ex-husband took to Instagram to reveal they had decided to split.
The couple shocked fans with a matching photo and caption to announce the sad news.
Zoe and Dan called it quits late last year. (getty)
"With the greatest respect for each other, Dan and I have separated," Zoe explained at the time.
"Together, we will continue wholeheartedly to raise our beautiful boy Austin. He is, and will forever be, our greatest priority ❤."
"We ask for your respect and will be making no further comment."