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Saturday, 27 November, 1999, 23:13 GMT
Miscarriage agony for Martine
Martine McCutcheon The show must go on - Martine with charity choir

Singer Martine McCutcheon has suffered a miscarriage, according to a newspaper interview.

The former EastEnders star lost the baby two weeks ago, two months into the unplanned pregnancy.

McCutcheon still topped the bill for Friday's BBC Children in Need telethon, singing the annual charity single with a choir of 100 children.

Martine McCutcheon A screen mother - Martine in EastEnders
She told the News of the World: "Everything happened so quickly, I'm still in a state of shock.

"One minute I was two months pregnant and going to be a mum, the next it was all over. I'm devastated. It's just so hard to deal with."

McCutcheon, 23, who is dating businessman Jonathan Barnham, 22, was admitted to London's Portland Hospital after she started bleeding.

"The gynaecologist told me straight away there was no way that the baby could be saved," she said.

The star, who is giving the proceeds from her own single Talking in Your Sleep to the Children in Need appeal, did have to cancel one appearance on children's television.

Heartbroken

She has already pulled out of a nationwide tour because of a bout of glandular fever.

She added: "It was all a bit of a surprise when I found out I was pregnant. I never thought I'd want a baby at this age.

"Jonathan was really happy and everything was great. We both love children.

"In a weird way, losing this baby has brought us even closer together. I'm really heartbroken, but obviously it wasn't to be.

"Hopefully, when the time is right it will happen again, please God.
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