The pop princess tells fans on her official Web site she and husband Kevin Federline are expecting their first child together. Her publicist, Sonia Muckle, confirmed the singer's pregnancy Tuesday but refused to provide additional details, The Associated Press reports.
"The time has finally come to share our wonderful news that we are expecting our first child together," the singer on her official Web site. "There are reports that I was in the hospital this weekend, and Kevin and I just want everyone to know that all is well. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."
Magazines and tabloids have been speculating for weeks that Spears, 23, might be pregnant, snapping pictures of her expanding waistline and fuller figure. Although she wouldn't confirm--or deny--whether she might be expecting, Spears has publicly expressed a desire to start a family. In an interview with People magazine last fall, she said: "I want to be a young mom. I can see us as parents."
Federline, 27, who wed the pop singer last September, already has two children with his ex-girlfriend, actress Shar Jackson. Spears and Federline met last year when he was a backup dancer on her tour--and Jackson was pregnant with their son. Spears also had a turbulent year, marrying Federline just eight months after ending a 55-hour Las Vegas marriage to her childhood friend, Jason Alexander.
Now the couple plan to air their lives on television. Last week, the pair announced they would document their courtship in a new reality series on UPN, AP reports. The network promised "exclusive, never-before-seen private home videos" of their "personal love story."