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Baby has changed my life: Piper

Campaigner Katie Piper said her life has changed in a "wonderful" way since she discovered she was pregnant - and revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

The 30-year-old, who was badly burnt in an acid attack organised by an ex-boyfriend, now runs her own charitable foundation helping people with burns and scars.

She told Hello! Magazine: "This is the start of a whole new life.

"The other night I was at a charity ball and everyone I met wanted to talk to me about the baby, not about my burns and recovery. I thought, 'Hallelujah'.

"This baby doesn't know it but she is changing my life in so many ways and it's wonderful."

Piper said she and her partner James had been sure they were having a boy and admitted she had worried about having a girl.

She said: "Of course, your main concern is that your baby is forming healthily and everything is progressing as it should.

"But because of everything that has happened to me, I had this slight feeling of panic, thinking 'Oh gosh but it's such a dangerous world for a woman'."

Piper paid tribute to her boyfriend and said he had read the book she had written about her ordeal.

She said: "After a couple of months of being with him, I made him read my autobiography.

"I said I would rather he read it than me have to tell him everything. Then if he had any questions he could ask me.

"He was angry and upset [after he read it]. By then we had fallen in love.

"James and I are similar in that we're very involved with our families.

"He makes me feel so loved and when I get insecure he'll tell me that, to him, I'm not burnt, I'm all these other lovely things which he'll remind me of.

"That's the great thing about having a child together - I feel like I have a new start and I can leave the past behind."

:: Read the full interview in Hello! Magazine, out now.

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