March 31st, 2011

Expecting: Jack Wilshere & Lauren Neal

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Arsenal Adorkable Jack Wilshire is today the subject of press reports that he and ex-girlfriend Lauren Neal are expecting their first baby in August. The couple, who were together for three years before splitting earlier this year, are said to be making plans for the arrival of said bubba, with Jack apparently telling friends that he intends to go to antenatal classes and check-ups.

We are excited. Barely out of nappies himself and with a capacity to cause all kinds of explosions when bearing other kinds of young (left), Jack can only heighten his cute quotient with the addition of a junior Wilshere.

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103 Responses to “Expecting: Jack Wilshere & Lauren Neal”

  1. tool steel says:

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  2. tool steel says:

    Good stuff as per usual, thanks. I do hope this kind of thing gets more exposure.

  3. Dan says:

    And for everyone else… my mum had me at 19. Lauren isn't stupid, I'm sure she's fully aware that it's going to take a lot to have a baby at 22. Why are people complaining? It's his life. He's not a child! Sure he looks like a fetus himself, but he's old enough to make his own decisions. Stop trying to find pit falls in celebrities lives just to make it sound like your God. They're normal people. I know many who have had kids at 15 and 16. He might be young, but if he's happy, why does it matter?

  4. Dan says:

    Laughing at all above who are blaming Lauren for conceiving. Are you guys that far up his arse that you can't see that he should have been wearing a condom? Bloody hell.

  5. Jenks says:

    19 years old is not a young age at which to become a parent, I can't fathom why people are acting like it is, least of all when we're talking about a guy that has the means to support his family comfortably now and for the foreseeable future. I wish them both all the best.

  6. endalk says:

    If it is true, hopefully they both take responsibility for the kid. I suppose, on the bright side, at least financial means isn't going to be an issue as it normally would be for parents that age. ……….

  7. Raz says:

    wait so this 19 year old kid made his ex 22yr old gf pregnant? and now they're not even together anymore? so he was sleeping with her for the past 3 yrs regardless of what automatically pops into mind when I think of a 19yr old girl sleeping with a 16yr old boy… I'm all the way in South Africa and I know how many kids look up to him, can't even imagine the magnitude of his influence over kids in England, Europe etc. That's really not cool, he's a role model. Regardless children don't ask to be made so I hope the kid is brought up with parents who are in a loving and respectful relationship, whether they're still together or not. People in the public eye need to think before they act, kids are so easy to influence

  8. Zahara says:

    what the HELL!

  9. Josie says:

    He is way too young for this assignment. Too bad.

  10. Nienke says:

    I thought he was gay…

  11. Andrea11 says:

    I wonder when they broke up and if it was over a month ago then why is she just finding out now that she is pregnant? Did she not notice when she never got her period it's all weird too me, unless they happened to be friends with benefits between the breakup period or maybe she wanted to wait for the 3rd month mark. Like someone else mentioned how is it that they go 3 years baby free then right after the break up a baby happens. They are both at fault for this one this is pretty dissappointing apparently soccer players have never heard of condoms before.

  12. ToysForBots says:

    Geez, I'm 25 and the thought of an unexpected pregnancy is absolutely terrifying to me still. Perhaps part of it has to do with the fact that I have absolutely no expendable income as it is, but even if I were the girlfriend (or ex) of a famous and talented footballer, I'd still be just as terrified. It's a huge commitment, and one thing that fame and fortune can't buy is maturity. Good luck to the two of them, but I really hope that they'll find a way to work this out without causing a ton of drama in the future, and without causing a lot of unneeded stress to their child.

  13. Agnes Wonka says:

    what the f……… weren't they separated? i don't get this….
    call me mean, but I think she did it on purpose!

  14. Kiara says:

    When i first saw the picture and hadnt read anything yet i thought she was his sister. I was actually quite shocked when i read that she's his ex and that they're expecting a baby together. I mean, look at him. He's still a baby himself.

    Ugh. Why do all the good ones get married or make babies.

  15. Gladys says:

    Maybe I'm being heartlessly practical, but football players have a limited shelf-life on their talent and energy…and ahem money and award earning ability. I know they're only human but you don't see the super top athletes getting themselves hooked up with family responsibilities (and I blame him not her) during the prime of their youth. It's just poor common sense. I worry about that with Jack though. He seems to be extremely talented but pretty immature (the cheating thing, the adorable, child-like tweeting he loves so much)…he's been on a good track sport-wise, but now he's going to be expending a great deal of energy as a 19 year old father (as he ought to, mind you). It's just not smart. If I were a baller, I'd use Xavi as a role model. Football comes first. There's plenty of time after retirement to start a family. (And we're talking early 30's…not 65).

    • Gladys says:

      And sorry…I correct that..if I sound a little crazy. Lots of players have families before they retire. But few at the age of 19 when they really need to be concentrating on their game.

    • Rosalina says:

      My point exactly. It's bad enough I cringed when I heard Cristiano was going to be a dad and he was 25 at the time and how often do you see him with his baby? 30 really isn't a bad age to start a family these days and with people even post poning children till mid 40's what's the rush (although personally I wouldn't plan on getting pregnant that late in life) A lot of them will probably fall for a younger girl anyways so really what's the harm? I agreed with Sergio Ramos recent comment about how life after futbol should be about spending time with your partner and children meanwhile life during futbol should be about getting to know your partner more and focus on your career. Now let's just hope he keeps to his word and doesn't have an "accident" that will be when I draw the line. Futbol isn't a career that you have your whole life like an average joe job it ends before your 40s which is A LOT of time for personal life stuff. No wonder they end up bitter and unhappy a few years later.

  16. mochara says:

    WHAT?? But Jack you look so innocent……. I'm sad now =(

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  18. TariUSA says:

    I would be so happy if the pregnancy was a fake :/

  19. aninjasdream says:

    FUCK NO!!! Tell me it’s a horrid April Fool’s joke.

  20. Leá says:

    I find this so disturbing. He is literally 3 days younger than me. There's no WAY I'm ready to be a parent, and I'm just a "normal" person. I can't imagine knowing your going to have a baby at 19, AND being an international sports star. Bless his heart. I feel badly for him, but this was preventable…

  21. Rosalina says:

    I think it's time to enforce sexual education at the begining of each season for the under 24 on each team. Ballers need to understand with their type of career they aren't at the same stage in life as other men their age with average joe jobs. Being on the road 2-3 times a week sometimes a week or more is not a good time with be involving babies in that not to mention all the functions/events they have to attend and between coming home tired from intense training sessions. Don't know what about it they don't understand, that's why it seems like it's all just an image the handsome player with a successful career, meets beautiful woman and they have kids you're considered a role model (oh look Rooney is settled he must really have his life together) hahaha yeah RIGHT. If you want to get married fine but I feel sorry for the kids, not to mention there's ALWAYS temptation from girls throwing themselves and as we all know 90% of them cheat. Those men shouldn't be thinking about it till at least late 20s early 30s when the career starts to slow down with the exception of the long term couples like Torres/Villa.

    • Rosalina says:

      No wonder they all step out or go psycho the majority of their child/teen years was spent training you rarely hear them mention how they got a day to just spend with friends. of course they don't know how to handle themselves later on. I really don't know many players over 25 that are single or without kids which goes for the uncommon players too. It's sad especially since only a handful of them are responsible and actually making an effort to make their family work. I often think it's a security thing the minute you find someone you are interested in better marry her fast who cares if you just met her you will LEARN to love her because when will be the next time you will find someone else?

      • Rosalina says:

        BOTH parties should be responsible for themselves and use bc. It never fails to amaze me when I see girls getting pregnant by "accident" and crying spilled milk over it then you find out no protection was used at all! whose problem is that? I don't care if you've been in a relationship for 6 years if you aren't ready for a baby you should be using something and if condoms aren't your thing find something else. There are many options out there and you can even get it for free if needed. With these cheating ballers left and right forwards and backwards what if he catches something then comes to bed with you unprotected? Many women only think about pregnancy but how about diseases? I think we should make more of a big deal with that too. At least a pregnancy you have options but what if it was HIV? I don't know Jack but I doubt he will be hanging around how many guys say they will and won't? I give him a few months after baby is born before he resorts to his chequebook. However good luck to both of them and maybe they will proove us wrong and make it work :)

        • Susie says:

          Totally agree.

        • xoWinnie says:

          damn…forget hitting the nail on the head…you smashed that thing into the wall! well said!

          • Rosalina says:

            I'm so damn fed up with hearing someone under 24 is expecting. I know 24 is better than 19 but it's still young, most people i'm in college with just graduated and are 24! It saddens me to see young people become parents then once the"aww it's is so cute I love it" phase is over and problems arise and who is affected? The baby! and that's not fair especially since they never asked to be brought into this world. There's TOO much of it these days whether it be from ballers or regular people. For all the women I went to school with/people like this at a young age announce they are expecting i'd have enough cash to take a few cruises to Australia. I'm not traditional but I believe a baby should be concieved out of love or respect for your partner and a lot of these people were only thinking about what will feel good that moment. I know there are success stories i've seen them but come on 2011 use protection. It may not always be 100% but least you know you did what you could to prevent.

    • Rosalina says:

      BOTH parties should be responsible for themselves and use birth control it never fails to amaze me when I keep hearing girls getting pregnant by "accident" and crying frantically over it and then you find out she wasn't even on any form of birth control well duh? How long did it take you to figure out that an uncovered penis + a vagina= a crying baby I don't care if you're in a 6 year relationship if you aren't ready for a baby and condoms aren't for you then get on the pill or something! why trust these footballers that cheat what if he catches something then came to bed to you without protection? I don't know much about Jack but it seems like he won;t step up other then for financialy, it's easy for guys to say they are going to pitch in but we all know how often that happens *eyeroll* However congrats to them I understand 19 is too young to be a parent and not something I personally condone but i've seen some teen parents grow up to be successful for them and their children. My long rant is over!

      • Gladys says:

        Thanks for your long rant…because I pretty much feel the exact same as you and felt I had to control myself from writing too much even though I was dying to. (And especially thanks for the mention of disease– other than HIV, all the things you can catch rarely have any permanent damaging effect on men, but meanwhile all these little infections can cause a lot of long-term problems for women…and yet, people seem to have unprotected sex without a thought to it). If my man was caught cheating on me, and if I was crazy enough to take him back, I'd sure as hell get him tested for every disease in the book before getting pregnant with his child. And any man who'd cheat on you unprotected (not that we know Jack or Crouch did this, necessarily), is disrespecting you not once but twice.

        • Andrea11 says:

          You're welcome I was debating whether or not to write but but boy I just had to it was hitting my last nerve. I wish they would read these comments but I doubt they know about us. It's true and with a lot of diseases it's hard to detect sypmtoms therefore they go unoticed and that's when the problems start. Syphillis for example fatal STD and can easily go unoticed till the third stage where it's most likely too late or Hepatitis another fatal one. Women are 4 times more likely to contract a disease then get pregnant, I recently had to do a research assignment for my nursing class on this stuff and I was pretty dumbfounded myself by the stuff I found. Who would've known if left untreated it can cause infertility. I agree with you any man willing to cheat then bring it back home to you doesn't care about you it's disrespectful and rude and that's my problem with cheating is you could also be jeapordizing someone elses health without their knowledge. Not sure where it is everywhere else but in Canada if a person knows they have an STD and passes down they can get jail time or a huge fine.

  22. Rory says:

    For all the people calling this "convenient timing", she didn't get pregnant ALONE. He is just as responsible.

  23. whaaat?! says:

    april fools?! i wish

  24. lizzy says:

    hes flipping 19. WTF?!!?!?!

    19?!?!?! are you kidding me?!?!

    hes just a little baby himself…

    if i had this happen to me… (im 19) wait, hell i cant even imagine this happening to me

    • @DebStimson says:

      I agree. My daughter's 18, in her freshman year in college. There's no way she's ready to be a parent at 18. Not that I wouldn't help her if she were but still, emotionally/maturity wise someone that age is probably not ready for that level of responsibility.

      Jack's already got a lot of responsibility on his plate for his team and country. Hopefully this added stressor isn't too much for him. It won't be easy for her either. Even if money isn't an issue, there is a lot of emotional and mental responsibility for a child and it doesn't stop when their 18. Glad to hear that he's stepping up to the plate and taking classes about parenting and being involved in the baby's life.

      Wait! If she's due in August then she became pregnant back in Nov. or Dec. If they just broke up earlier this year, wouldn't that mean she would have known she was pregnant before they broke up? Maybe he knew about it before but they were able to keep it quiet until she started showing? hmmm…

  25. JA7 says:

    AWWWW! *hugs*

  26. JA7 says:

    when i read the title of this post..i said "WHAT?!" out loud..lik this is BIG news..der so young though!! Jack is still a kid himself..he's onli 19!

  27. rubyqueen says:

    surprising and disappointing.!!

  28. guest says:

    WOW some of these comments are so one sided, maybe we should back off on the woman bashing here! it takes two to tango you know.

    • @DebStimson says:

      same thoughts here. He's just at fault for not using birth control as she is.

      • Caretaker says:

        Yeah, but I always wonder how two people who were together for years all of a sudden turn up "accidently" pregnant…Long-term relationships mostly rely on birth control pills that the woman takes. She manages not to be pregnant for years and then they break up and what do you know now she is pregnant. Gotta say it sounds suspicious.

    • aps says:


  29. naylovee says:

    Is this really true?!?!?!?!?!?!

  30. blake2108 says:

    Dunno if it's been mentioned yet, but it's awfully coincidental how just after/before she breaks up with the £50,000 a week footballer, she falls pregnant with his child, which was "unplanned"

    Part of me thinks she got pregnant just so she and baby W could live off Jack's support.

    I hope not.

    • aps says:

      She couldn't have gotten pregnant if Jack wasn't equally as reckless. He would have been more careful if he was worried about protecting his fortune.

  31. eeraaa says:

    *tackling that

  32. Stefania says:

    Wow, I wasn't expecting that. Aw, I mean I wish them all the luck and a healthy baby, but stil WHY JACK?! I mean he's 19 thats young, and he's so hot and cute. Man all the good ones are just slipping away and its making me so upst :(

  33. Homeskillet07 says:

    but he's 19! there's nothing cute about this….he's 19! smh…if he had been a girl and was pregnant nobody would say it's cute or exciting!

  34. kinky says:

    doesnt anyone think they both look sooo much alike … i know this is creepy but i thought they were siblings from 1st look

  35. B& says:

    so sorry about your Jack fantasies; it is kickette's fault, news like this should come with a warning! once again so sorry totally understan that exact same thing happened to me once here on kickette!

  36. Sarah, Madrid says:

    I have noticed footballers seem to like to settle on early age, crushing every dream possible for us girls, just saying – general observation lol.

  37. Elisa says:

    He's a baby still himself.

    I hope, for their sakes, that it's not true. Jack's world is already getting progressively crazier with everyone going nuts over him being the next English star. The last thing he needs is to become a father at 19, and it's made even harder by the fact that they're broken up. If it is true, hopefully they both take responsibility for the kid. I suppose, on the bright side, at least financial means isn't going to be an issue as it normally would be for parents that age.

  38. Fae says:

    If it's true I'm happy for him but, this could potentially be career destroying as he's apparently said he wants to be 'a good dad'. It's not ideal nor sensible and I'm sure Jack can support both mother and child, but, this is really going to limit his choices as a young footballer :S

  39. xoWinnie says:

    …all the best to them, i guess!

  40. Kate says:

    Wow, some of these comments make it seem as though a 19 year old and a 22 year old are about as capable of raising a child as a 5 year old would be.

    • @DebStimson says:

      I'm not saying that it can't be done but seriously? He just cheated on her so it does raise some issues regarding his "judgement". Teens, even 19 year olds, haven't quite reached the "maturity" level that someone say, 24 or 25 have, particularly men, as studies have shown.

      A lot people that age are still living at home with mom and dad. They haven't even experienced having a place of their own, cooking their own meals, etc. Granted with the money he makes he could hire someone to do all that. However, a baby is a lot more responsibility than owning your own place or paying your own bills, etc. And assuming this is an unplanned pregnancy, it makes it even more likely that at least one of them didn't feel they were ready for that level of responsibility.

      • Kate says:

        Yes, he cheated on her but that is a reflection of HIM, not his age. The issue of him cheating has hardly been raised in these comments, the majority of them say "omg he's only 19!!!!!!!!!!"
        Besides, it's not as if he's got to look after the child alone. It's mother is 22 years old, she is an adult, she is quite capable. If he had to do it all on his own in complete isolation then maybe his age would be an issue. I just feel that there are bigger problems here than the age of one of the parents.

    • Josie says:

      There are tonnes of surveys out there that indicate that this generation's transition into full adulthood is much slower than previous generations. He DOES still live at home with his parents at the moment. We all know that boys mature later than girls for generations. The odds of young couples having children this young are bad at best. You add in the cheating and the money and fame and you have a cocktail for trouble. I give the relationship 5 years if they are lucky.

      More than likely they will go the path of Lampard's relationship. This is not based upon solid foundation.

  41. mrs wilshere says:

    wow . heart broken, angrey, disappionted,shocked btw i dont belive thats his baby when his career starts 2 blow up thats when she supposedly gets knocked up he should have a patenaty test

  42. Cymraeg_Ddraig says:

    Do they not have sex education at the Arsenal academy?! I would have thought someone on his wage could have afforded condoms! Seriously though, good luck to them both. Should be a seriously cute baba :)

  43. Leaaa says:

    'bring some condoms lol'

  44. moni says:

    oh no!

  45. Emily says:

    I stopped reading when it said "a close friend told The Sun". Smh if this is true. 19? I mean, really.

  46. Irena says:

    Kudos for owning up to an accidental pregnancy but seriously, contraception is not rocket science.

  47. Jane says:

    I have absolutely no issues with people having babies at a younger age as long as it was THOUGHT OVER! He's a footballer which can be extremely time-consuming. Add a new-born baby to that, and looks like we have another kid with daddy issues

  48. Sophie says:

    Wish them both the best of luck, but the cynic in me finds this all too convient. It was well publicised last year that he had cheated, she stayed with him and then gets pregnant before they spilt for real?

    • aps says:

      Yes because she got pregnant by herself. Can't believe some of you here are actually women talking like this and putting all the blame on her. Smh.

  49. HiL says:

    The guy is not even 20.

  50. Sergz says:

    What the hell, he's MY age and he's having a baby? :O

    • Emily says:

      same here! maybe he's different, but i know there's no way I could handle a kid right now!

    • eeraaa says:

      Same here as well! And judging by the guys at my school, most boys around this age don't really posses the level of maturity required to raise a child. Some can barely take care of themselves!

  51. Taylor says:


  52. iulia says:

    funny how girls have unplanned babies when their footballer boyfriend is getting more and more famous

    • @DebStimson says:

      You know I was just thinking about how ballers & their WAGS getting pregnant seems to be the norm.

      I'm not saying this doesn't happen in the US, because it sure does, but what do people these days have against birth-control? We tend to blame the women but the guys definitely have ways to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancies too.

    • aps says:

      It takes two to tango. I'm sure she didn't get pregnant on her own.

    • Homeskillet07 says:

      so what? she just got pregnant all on her own?

  53. IrishBlue says:

    Obviously I wish them the best of luck but he's only a wee baby himself! I'm not doubting their parenting abilities but that's a big responsibility at a young age.

    • Leya_S says:

      I was just thinking the same thing. My first though was literally "He's just a baby!" I'm a little bit disappointed to find this out, as "unplanned pregnancy" says "carelessness" to me. Anyway, lots of luck to them, and their baby will certainly be adorable and dimples central between the two of them!

      • LuvinBale says:

        I feel the same way. To young- to soon.
        I can only imagine whats going to happen after the bubba is born and child support and visitation rights start to come into play. That's when it starts to get ugly.
        I hope for their sake and the baby's sake that it doesn't.

        Congratulations though and I am sure that baby is going to be ovary busting cute.

    • Spainardlover5 says:

      Totalllllly agree. He's way too young :(

  54. MadameGourcuff says:

    I guess babies are a blessing and he's not the only teenage father in the world, but 19 is a bit young to have kids, you're only young once and i wouldn't want the last of my teenage years and early 20s to only be about changing diapers and midnight feedings. good luck to them

    • Leya_S says:

      Seriously. My main concern at 19 was what am I doing for the summer and what bar are me and my friends going to this weekend (not much has changed, actually; now I'm 23)…I think I'd be really upset if I had to be taking care of a baby.

  55. Audrey says:

    Wow. I kind of hope this isn't true. 19 years old, in my opinion, is much too young to be having a baby. At least Ms. Neal is a little older, twenty-two, which is still young but a lot better than nineteen.
    (Also, hold on, if they've been dating three years that would mean they were 16 and 19 respectively at the beginning, is that not illegal in the UK? In the US over-18s can't be involved with under-18s).

    • Goonergirl says:

      Nah in the UK, once your over 16 it doesnt matter, its only if you're under 16 that it becomes an issue legally.

      Good luck to them i say, its happened now, surprise or not a baby is a blessing. He may be young but we know he can support her and the little one financially and from interviews seems to have a strong family set up that can support them other wise. So happy news really :-) And just look at them, the babies going to be gorgeous!

    • Stefania says:

      In the UK once your 16 its ok, and im pretty sure that in the U.S. that if your 19 you could date a 16 year old because you can't date anybody whos 5 years or younger than you, but once your 18 you can date a person of any age

  56. blitzenTO says:

    Rumours that Arsene Wenger has already drawn up a contract for the fetus are unconfirmed.

  57. Miss XOXO says:

    OMG I can believe this!….He only 19 years old but become a bubba….Just wasting his teenage life.

    • Gladys says:

      Thanks for saying it. This is some depressing teen talk show type news. Jack seems incredibly sweet but not much of a thinker.

    • Phie says:

      It really is kind of sad that he is having this additional responsibility added to his already chaotic life so young, although it seems to happen far too often. Marcelo and Andy Carroll were also fathers at this age, as well as many other footballers.

      However, I wish him and Lauren the best on their new life adventure together.

  58. Eleanor says:

    Aw, I can't wait to see it!

  59. that's going to be one cute and dimpled baby!