Bryan Singer expecting first child via surrogate Queer As Folk actress Michelle Clunie

X-Men: Days of Future Past director, who recently announced he's set to head the next installment of the franchise, will welcome a baby in 2015

Bryan Singer, the director of X-Men: Days of Future Past, has announced he is set to welcome his first child via a surrogate mother – his "best friend", Queer as Folk actress Michelle Clunie.

"Mother and father are both very excited about the upcoming birth and look forward to co-parenting the child together," a statement from Singer’s publicist read.

"The pair have been planning this baby for years and have been trying for the last two."

He stopped short of revealing the due date of his future offspring, but did imply the birth would take place sometime in 2015.

The news comes just months after a man who claims he was sexually abused as a teenager by Singer dropped his highly publicised legal case against the film-maker.

Michael Egan III's petition to have his case dismissed "without prejudice" was granted by a judge in Honolulu in August, which could allow him to refile at a later date.

However, Singer’s request for dismissal with prejudice – and for Egan to cover his legal costs – was rejected by the judge.

 

Singer's lawyer Marty Singer, who is of no relation to the director, said: "We're pleased that it's over.

"Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it's dropped... is satisfactory."

Egan, now 31, was a former child model and had accused Singer, now 48, of abusing him in Hawaii when Egan was just 17 years old.

He also filed three comparative actions against other Hollywood figures.

They were all dismissed.