Brooks to have baby by surrogate


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The Independent Online

Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News International, is expecting a child through a surrogate mother.

Ms Brooks, who is currently on police bail following her arrest in connection with the News of the World phone-hacking scandal and alleged corrupt payments to police, said she and her husband, Charlie Brooks, will become parents to a baby girl in February.

The pregnancy had originally been twins but one of the babies died in the early weeks of the surrogacy. It had been known about in Fleet Street for a number of weeks but publications, including The Independent, agreed to maintain the couple's privacy because of concern over the condition of the surviving child. A spokesman said the couple were "overjoyed".