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  • At the Silver Clef Awards Peter Andre tenderly rubbed girlfriend Emily MacDonagh's tummy
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  • Emily MacDonagh has been helping Peter Andre through a stressful time recently
  • Peter Andre was shocked by Katie Price's quick marriage to Kieran Hayler
As Peter Andre smiled while tenderly holding girlfriend Emily MacDonagh's tummy in front of photographers at the Silver Clef Awards, he was sending his fans a clear message: I'm ready to be a father again.

The past year has seen the 40-
year-old suffer heartache after losing his beloved brother Andrew to kidney cancer and stress as his ex-wife Jordan attempts to drag him through the courts.

But the bright spot has been Peter's relationship with stunning Emily, who, at 23, is 17 years his junior.

He's told me she's 'damn close to perfect'.

So 
if the pregnancy rumours are true, it could be an ideal happy ending for him.

And Emily's bond with both Princess, six,  and Junior, eight, who adore her, has made Pete's decision to have more kids easy.

On his ITV2 show, the former Celebrity Dad Of The Year has said: 'What impresses me the most is how she is with the kids.'

Speaking in March, he revealed: 'I definitely want more children in the future.'

Originally, he'd set himself a deadline of finding a wife and adding to his brood by the time he was 40.

But Andrew's illness changed his priorities.

If the pregnancy rumours turn out to be true, the burning question is whether Pete will want to marry Emily before they welcome a baby.

He's made it clear that he'd only let his kids see him in bed with the 'woman I'm going to marry'.

As a family man, he still feels passionate about the importance of getting hitched, even though he remains emotionally scarred by his painful divorce from Jordan.

Pete's previously told Now: 'I 
still believe in the institution of marriage as long as the intention is to stay together for ever.

'I want to be a bit careful.

'I only ever wanted to be married one time in my life.'

The couple have been forced to spend a great deal of time apart in the past year, with Pete based in West Sussex and Emily studying in Bristol.

However, he recently decided to invest in a central London apartment in order for them to spend more time together when he isn't looking after Junior and Princess (he shares custody of them with Jordan).

So if Pete is to become a dad again, it'll finally bring him some much deserved happiness.

UPDATE 22 July: Peter Andre's rep has confirmed that he and Emily, who has now completed her studies, are expecting a baby. 

Read more about Peter Andre and Emily MacDonagh in this week's Now magazine dated 15 July 2013 - download the digital edition now!

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