After dozens of false baby bump reports over the years, variously triggered by sumptuous dinners, lack of exercise or a ill fitting dresses, Aishwarya Rai has a bun in the oven for real, confirmed by none other than Pa-In-Law Amitabh Bachchan.
Aishwarya, 37, and Abhishek Bachchan, 35, who celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary this April, are expecting their first child together.
"T 410 -NEWS NEWS NEWS !! I AM GOING TO BECOME A GRANDFATHER .. AISHWARYA EXPECTING .. SO HAPPY AND THRILLED !!!" Amitabh shared his excitement with his twitter fans around midnight of June 20.
Amitabh's next tweet said:
"The child of Abhishek and Aishwarya shall be the first Bachchan of the generation after my brother and me ..."
"Clarifying : Amitabh and Ajitabh , first generation Bachchan ... then Abhishek and Bhim and now Abhisheks and Aishwarya's ..."
Abhishek Bachchan, who can get fairly chirpy on Twitter, has so far let his father do the talking.
Aishwarya's visit at Cannes 2011 last month had sparked fresh pregnancy rumors as she had looked curvier than her usual self and had walked the red carpet in dresses with a belly covering flap.
More recently, pregnancy rumors surfaced during her appearance at the Prix de Diane Longines at Hippodrome de Chantilly in France on June 12, where her two piece dress had a loose top and she was seen frequently covering her stomach with her hand.
Aishwarya is currently filming for Madhur Bhandarkar's Heroine, which rolled on June 7 on a 45 day start-to-finish schedule.
Aishwarya, who has not signed any other film, may not be seen on the silver screen for a long time following the release of Heroine in February 2012.