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Russell Brand is going to be a dad

Russell Brand is to become a father for first time. Credit: PA Wire

Comedian Russell Brand has confirmed he is going to be a father for the first time.

Brand, 41, posted a photograph of himself on his Instagram account peeking out from behind a book titled The Expectant Dad's Handbook.

The caption alongside the photograph reads: "Right then. My Mum bought me this. Time to get ready! #trewlit #bookstagram #parenting".

Brand's Instagram post. Credit: Instagram

His girlfriend Laura Gallacher, 27, is believed to be around six months pregnant, according to reports.

She is the youngest sister of sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who hinted at big news in June when she posted a photograph of herself with her sister, writing: "Congratulations to my gorgeous sister".

Brand was married to pop star Katy Perry for just over a year and also dated Jemima Goldsmith.