The Take That star’s wife, Dawn, is three months pregnant and he says they are thrilled about their impending arrival.

Gary – who already has Daniel, 11, Emily, nine, and three-year-old Daisy with Dawn – said: “It’s brilliant, we couldn’t be happier with the news. We’re all just really excited about the new arrival.”

He then took to his Twitter page to speak of his excitement about the new baby and joked he is after Peter Andre’s Celebrity Dad of the Year award.

He wrote: “What a lovely bunch you are.Thank you for all your kind messages. We are a very excited family.

“Next goal ‘Celebrity Dad of the Year’ #moveasideandre (sic)”

Gary – who married dancer Dawn in 2000 – has decided to give the BRIT Awards tomorrow night a miss and stay in with Dawn.

He said: “I’m going to be watching it on the sofa with the Missus.

“I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Coldplay do the double and Adele gets a fair few.”

Sources close the the 41-year-old X Factor judge say the news of the baby couldn’t have come at a better time.

One said: “Gary is constantly beaming from ear to ear. The news couldn’t have come at a better time because he’s a real family man and now he can be around more.

“Last year was such a whirlwind with the Take That tour and then the ‘X Factor’. Now he can kick back and fully appreciate all that’s going on.”