Nicole Appleton deceived fans with carefully-posed gym snaps to hide pregnancy

Nicole Appleton posted carefully-posed gym photos to hide her secret pregnancy from her fans.

The All Saints singer, 45, uploaded several photos showing her working hard in the gym – but all was not as it seemed.

The photos may have been old ones, but Nicole is notably wearing a baggy hoodie and leaning over in both pictures.

This could have been a tactic to hide her bump to stop any eagle-eyed followers from guessing her special news.

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Whether or not the photos were new, Nicole certainly pretended they were, posting captions such as: "Early morning gym done!!  #bigday#letsdothis ".

Another one read: "Assault bike!!! Jeeeez!! … #gymdone ".

Nicole spent almost all of her pregnancy in hiding as she followed in the footsteps of  Kylie Jenner  who famously kept her baby Stormi a secret until she was born.

She stayed clear from being pictured for eight months before dropping her baby bombshell on the showbiz circuit with an  Instagram  post informing her fans.

It has been eight months since the mum was last seen with her  Facebook  executive boyfriend Stephen Haines, in London over early summer in July last year.

In the last pictures before her baby joy, Nicole and Mark Zuckerberg's pal Stephen were in the throws of new love holding hands.

It was also the first time they were spied together as a couple.

As well as swerving being pictured, Nicole mastered the art of deception on her Instagram account.

Her 134K followers were kept in the dark about the star's pregnancy.

Fans were in disbelief when Nicole broke her cover and revealed to the world she had a baby girl Skipper.

Only after her announcement did the mother-of-two share a picture of her baby bump for the first time.

Nicole also posted a slew of pictures of her little girl.

She wrote: "After hiding my pregnancy for the last 9 months…which was SOOOOO difficult & keeping her a secret from all my friends…I can finally announce our incredible news!!..Our little girl ‘Skipper Hudson Haines’ has arrived Stephen & Gene are besotted!!! I’m SOOO HAPPY!!"

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