Tina Daheley has been forced to deny she is pregnant after fans speculated on her appearance following a recent episode of BBC Breakfast – 18 months after giving birth.
The presenter, 41, took to Instagram on Friday to discuss the ordeal saying her ‘body didn’t snap back immediately’ as she defiantly stated: ‘The answer is no I am not expecting a second child!’
Tina welcomed a baby girl with her fiancé Kane William-Smith last April and returned to work earlier this year.
Sharing a glamorous picture in a black dress, Tina wrote: ‘When presenting BBC Breakfast a few months ago I was alerted (as happens in the online world) to the fact that people were speculating about whether or not I was pregnant again.
‘The answer is no I am not expecting a second child! But I am someone who had a baby, and whose body did not ‘snap back’ immediately. In fact it may never ‘snap back’ and be the same as it was before childbirth but that’s also normal!!!’
Tina continued: ‘I would like to have the body I had before and have recently restarted my relationship with fitness so we’ll see how it goes – but if this is the cost for having a little piece of my heart toddling around the world every day, I’d do it a thousand times over.
‘And even though I work in an industry where it may count against me.’
Sharing a snap of herself looking incredible in the black dress, Tina explained she ‘loved’ the snap ‘apart from my body’, explaining that her ‘instinct was to crop it’.
Tina proudly declared: ‘But I changed my mind so here it is. This is ALL OF ME, post C-section, 18 months on. (See you @bbcbreakfast sofa from 6 tomorrow).’
Someone else agreed: ‘Your body is a machine and the greatest one you’ll ever own, love your gratitude.’
‘You were beautiful before you were beautiful when you were pregnant and you’re beautiful now!’ a third fan echoed.
A fourth said: ‘Incredibly smart talented funny stunning woman all the rest is noise nonsense and yet it’s so exhausting. More power to you goddess.’
Tina welcomed a baby girl with her fiancé Kane last April.
The BBC News presenter announced the news by posting a sweet snap of her newborn daughter’s feet to Instagram.
Sharing the happy update with her followers, Tina penned: ‘Head over heels in love with our beautiful baby girl.’
Tina’s adorable image showed her newborn’s toes poking out as she cradled the tot while wearing a soft flannel dressing gown.
The new mum was soon flooded with well-wishes and congratulations from her pals, with Susanna Reid writing: ‘Oh wonderful news.’
While Clara Amfo added: ‘Yaaaaay! Congrats!!’ and Ore Oduba penned: ‘Awwww there she is congratulations you guys.’
Pregnant Alex Jones also commented, writing: ‘Delicious!! Congratulations.’
Sara Cox wrote: ‘Ahhhhh yeyyyyyyyyy sending all the love to you 3’ while Davina McCall shared her well wishes as she wrote: ‘Oh Tina so happy for you.’
The baby’s arrival also came just weeks after Tina revealed that she and Kane had moved home and started a ‘delayed refurb project’.
Sharing a bump snap to Instagram on April 6, Tina explained: ‘All settled into our temporary newborn retreat in month 9 of pregnancy!
‘Can’t quite believe we’ve started a delayed refurb project and moved home just days before our little one is born, but thanks to the amazing support of friends and family (and an extremely lux roof over our heads) we’ve somehow managed it.’
Tina announced she was expecting her first child back in December 2020 when she shared a photo of her baby bump and revealed she was over five months pregnant.
Captioning the post, she wrote: ‘Some exciting news to share! Beyond thrilled to be welcoming a new addition to our family in Spring 2021. Thank you @bbcradio2 family for all your lovely messages this morning.’
While the presenter typically keeps her private life away from social media, her fiancé Kane occasionally features in sporadic posts – including Tina confirming the couple’s engagement via Instagram in January 2018.
Tina confirmed her engagement to long-term partner Kane in January 2018, sharing a photo of her sparkling ring on Instagram
She wrote alongside the image: ‘07.01.18 Making plans for the rest of our lives.’
After reading the news on the Radio 1 breakfast show for several years, Tina covered events such as the pre-election debate and fronted her first Panorama programme – about the Manchester bombing.
She has since become a regular fixture on the BBC Breakfast sofa alongside the likes of Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty, Louise Minchin and Jon Kay.
Speaking in 2018, the presenter told Harper’s Bazaar she ‘worked ridiculously hard’ to get where she is after her parents told her she’d have to try even harder than her white contemporaries.
‘I was doing the news on BBC Three, finishing at midnight and then coming in to do breakfast, which comes back to what my parents said about having to work two or three times as hard,’ she explained.
Tina is the daughter of first-generation immigrant parents of Indian heritage, who themselves grew up in Nairobi and Tanzania.
She added that gender and class also play a part in the lack of diversity in the media, saying: ‘There’s no point having – I’m saying it as I’m saying to my friends – loads of brown privileged people in prominent roles.
‘That isn’t really representative. The further up I get in my career I realise there aren’t many people like me. I’m from a very working class background.’