Sam Bailey has come under fire from fans on Twitter who claim she has ruined her career after she announced that she is expecting her third child in the run-up to her UK tour and the release of her debut album.
The X Factor winner revealed the news via the social media site this morning, posting an ultrasound image from her first, 10-week scan alongside the caption: "Hey everyone…… Meet peanut!"
She also detailed, in an interview with The Sun, exactly how she discovered that she was expecting – in a toilet in Asda.
"I went and did it in the toilet while [husband Craig, 40] was getting all the food," the 36-year-old former prison guard perhaps overshared on the subject of taking the test.
"Obviously I'm getting a bit bigger. I didn't want people to think I'd just got fat. That would make me feel insecure again."
She went on to admit that she was worried that the news might anger her management, who had been working on the promotion for her debut record, The Power of Love, on 24 March.
"When I got into the car I was really upset because I thought I'd let everyone at my management and the record label down," she explained.
X Factor winners: Where are they now?
X Factor winners: Where are they now?
1/10 2013: Sam Bailey
The clear winner from the outset, Sam Bailey went on to beat teen singers Luke Friend and Nicholas McDonald. Bailey's cover of Demi Lovato's 'Skyscraper' went straight to number one on 22 December 2013, becoming the first X Factor winner in three years to gain the Christmas number one spot. Her debut album is due to be released on 24 March. She is also currently pregnant with her third child.
2/10 2012: James Arthur
He secured the biggest-selling X Factor winner's song ever with 'Impossible', but last year's victor James Arthur has been at the centre of controversy recently. Arthur got into a Twitter spat with fellow former contestant Lucy Spraggan when he used a homophobic lyric in a rap. The singer apologised on-air for 'abusing [his] position as an X Factor winner' after a performance on the results show a few weeks ago. Arthur's new single 'Recovery' is currently number 19 in the Official UK Singles Chart.
3/10 2011: Little Mix
Girl band Little Mix are one of The X Factor's success stories. Formerly known as Rhythmix, the group released an autobiography in August 2012 and their debut album came out that November, reaching number three. Little Mix's Perrie Edwards is engaged to One Direction's Zayn Malik which, you know, helps with the the whole fame thing. The band toured earlier this year and have enjoyed US success too. Their latest album Salute was released on 15 November.
4/10 2010: Matt Cardle
Singer-songwriter Matt Cardle performed 'Unfaithful' with Rihanna during the 2010 X Factor finals. He famously criticised Syco for being 'very pop' when he, apparently, wasn't. Shortly afterwards, he left Cowell's label. Cardle returned to the charts when his first album 'The Fire' made number eight and was well-received by critics. He recorded a duet with Spice Girl Melanie C, 'Loving You', in the summer and will be touring new album 'Porcelain' in April 2014.
5/10 2009: Joe McElderry
Rage Against The Machine's 'Killing In The Name' famously beat Joe McElderry to the Christmas number one in 2009, following an internet campaign to do battle with Cowell's chart machine. McElderry's luck failed to pick up and he soon found himself winning yet another talent show, Pop Star to Opera Star. Recently, he's enjoyed some success in the classical world and appeared in several West End shows. He is signed with Universal Music's Decca label.
6/10 2008: Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke's cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' sold more than a million copies in the UK, a success she followed with five top ten singles and a hit album. Burke has been a brand ambassador for a women's deodorant and signed a modelling contract in 2010. She joined The X Factor as a guest judge during the final of the eight series. The 'Bad Boys' singer has another album out next year but it will be released on RCA records after her recent split from Simon Cowell's label.
7/10 2007: Leon Jackson
'When You Believe' became the fastest-selling single of 2007 when winner Leon Jackson released it before Christmas, but he was dropped in 2009 following poor sales. His third single 'Creative' only reached number 94 in the charts and half his tour dates were cancelled. At present, Jackson is reportedly writing a second album that he will release independently.
8/10 2006: Leona Lewis
She's The X Factor's darling and one of the only acts still with Simon Cowell's label. Leona Lewis enjoyed huge international success after winning the 2006 show and releasing her first single 'A Moment Like This'. Recently, she has struggled, with sales of her latest album 'Glassheart' down steeply from those of her debut in 2007.
9/10 2005: Shayne Ward
After his victory on the second show, Ward achieved the fourth fastest-selling UK single ever with 'That's My Goal'. Several other hits and three albums followed and at one stage, he was reportedly considered to replace Jason Orange in Take That. Ward was dropped six years later to make room for other upcoming stars on Syco's label and has since turned his hand to performing in London musical Rock of Ages with Justin Lee Collins. The Mancunian singer appeared in Dancing on Ice in January 2013 but was eliminated in the fifth round.
10/10 2004: Steve Brookstein
The first winner of The X Factor, Steve Brookstein scored a number one single with 'Against All Odds' but was dumped by Sony BMG just eight months afterwards for being a one-hit wonder. Since his brief success evaporated, Brookstein has performed on cruise ships and was spotted in 2010 performing in a small Cornish pub for £2.50 a ticket. Brookstein no longer appears in publicity for The X Factor and as a result, he has repeatedly hit out at both the show and Simon Cowell. He is, however, still singing, and has a new album 'Soul Journey' out in February.
"But they were really good about it. I was going to go on tour solo at the end of October - but I have managed to move it until January ."
Her mother, Jackie, 62, added to the Mail Online: "Sam was a bit concerned. She's just won the X Factor, doing all these things to promote herself and then all of a sudden she drops the bombshell she's pregnant.
"But as it turns out everybody's so pleased. Everybody within her management are so supportive. It's one of the most natural things in the world and they're really, really delighted. We all are."
A spokesperson from Syco – the Simon Cowell-controlled record label Bailey is signed to – reiterated Bailey's previous statement, telling The Independent: "The label are absolutely thrilled for Sam and 100% behind her."
However, their statement has done little to silence Bailey’s fans on Twitter, who have been vocal about the damage they think her decision to have a third child will have on her career:
Hey everyone...... Meet peanut!!! :-) pic.twitter.com/QuUzO6yNajSam Bailey Official (@SamBaileyREAL) March 6, 2014
Unplanned pregnancy at 36 when you've just been signed a record deal you claim to have waited your whole life for OK Sam BaileyLEXARTISTRY (@GwaanJonathan) March 6, 2014
Sam Bailey is preggers? Congrats to her but she has probably just ruined what little chance she had at a career!I Fucked Him (@ifukedhim) March 6, 2014
So Sam Bailey is pregnant. She got f*cked and has now f*cked up her career. She'll be forgotten before she even had success.Toby (@tobes444) March 6, 2014
Sam Bailey is pregnant according to tomorrow's Sun. Wonderful news. The record company will be thrilledEdward Gleave (@Ed_StarOnSunday) March 5, 2014
Can't believe Sam Bailey is pregnant. Hasn't she just announced a tour? Her career hasn't even started. Bet Simon is fuming.Kieran Johnson (@KieranJaye) March 6, 2014
Bailey’s news comes just months after she revealed that she had suffered a miscarriage four years ago while she was performing on stage in front of a live audience.
"I didn't know what was happening and I was scared to death that something was very wrong," she told Now magazine.
"When I was rushed to hospital, all I could think about was my unborn baby. When I got to the hospital, doctors did lots of tests and told me they thought there was a possibility I was actually pregnant with twins and that maybe I'd lost one of the twins.
"Obviously at the time I believed I was only having one baby, so I was devastated."
Bailey was, however, able to give birth to a healthy son, Tommy, in the wake of the news. She is also the mother of Brooke, eight.