X-Factor star Ray Quinn’s fiancée Emily Ashleigh gives birth to baby girl

They called it a “special moment” in an Instagram post of two black and white polaroid images of the newborn

X-Factor star Ray Quinn has welcomed his first child with his fiancé Emily Ashleigh.

Emily shared the happy news via Instagram on Monday night, tagging the 34-year-old so that his 100k followers would see.

The 29-year-old from Knowsley called it a “special moment”, as she posted two black and white polaroid images of the newborn, with both hers and Ray’s hands holding the wholesome photographs.

Ray Quinn attends a Torvill and Dean tribute lunch in aid of Variety in January 2016. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The baby, who is named Summer Reign Quinn, was born a week earlier on 4 September.

Singer and son of Shane Ritchie, Shane Nolan, was among those who commented on the post. He wrote: “Amazing news, congrats x”.

Ray proposed to dancer and teacher Emily in December 2020, as the happy couple announced the news and showed off the flashy ring on New Year’s Day.

Emily has a nine-year-old son, Lucian, but has shared a large part of her second pregnancy journey on social media.

She has also promoted products from My Expert Midwife, and not been afraid to show off her belly.

Summer is also Ray’s second child after he and his actress ex wife Emma Stephens had Harry in 2012.

Emma Stephens and Ray Quinn arriving at the afternoon performance of the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show in October 2013. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Care)

Ray came runner up on ITV’s X-Factor in 2006, behind Bleeding Love singer Leona Lewis.

Prior to this he played the role of Anthony Murray from 2000 to 2003 in Channel 4’s Liverpool-based drama Brookside.

The singer later went on to compete in Dancing On Ice, he won both the 2009 and the 2014 series alongside Bulgarian professional Maria Filippov.

He has also featured in BBC’s Doctors, and two short films; Bulletproof and Cactus Jack.

In 2018, he became a series regular on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, playing Jonny Baxter - the area manager of the famous Teahouse.

X Factor contestant Ray Quinn performs during the ‘Number One Project’ charity concert at Liverpool’s Echo Arena in January 2008. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)

Ray has two albums; Doing It My Way (2007) and Undeniable (2020).

Quinn made British music history as he was the youngest male solo artist and the first person ever, to have a number one album without releasing a single.

However during the pandemic, he worked as a delivery driver for Hermes (now Evri).

As well as focusing on his career as a swing artist, the singer now works at his family firm, laying carpets alongside his two brothers Robin and Darren.

He is also currently on tour around the UK, including his home town of Liverpool, where he will perform alongside Shane Nolan and soul singer Nick James.