Westlife frontman Shane Filan is set to become a father for the third time.

The singer, who already has a daughter Nicole, three, and 10-month-old son Patrick with wife Gillian, is thrilled to be adding to his family and revealed the baby is due next year.

According to The Herald, Shane's wife Gillian told her husband the news just before his 30th birthday party at their Sligo mansion.

And the singer announced that his childhood sweetheart was pregnant after he blew out the candles on his birthday cake in front of 150 guests.

He said: "I know a lot of you have already heard the rumours, but I wanted to confirm to you myself that Gillian and I are expecting another baby. The baby's due early next year and we're completely over the moon about it. The thought of becoming a dad for the third time is just amazing!"

In a speech, the singer said that he was bowled over by the news.

"My wife Gillian has been asking me a lot about what I'd like for my birthday. I thought she was going to get me a watch or something," Shane said.

"But she has definitely surprised me - by telling me she is pregnant with our third child."