The former Spice Girls star – who has daughters Phoenix, 12, and Angel, four, from previous relationships – is eight months pregnant with her and husband Stephen Belafonte's first child together and she admits she has been craving food "at all hours", leading to her piling on 64lbs.

She said: "I'm eating for England and I am loving it.

"Usually I'm very disciplined with my diet but this time I've been listening to my body – and it has wanted food at all hours."

Despite her huge weight gain, Mel isn't worried about slimming down again after she gives birth.

She added in an interview with OK! Extra magazine: "Last year I was super fit and super healthy. And I will be again after this baby, because I have an active lifestyle."

Phoenix was born shortly before Mel's marriage to her father, dancer Jimmy Gulzar, ended, while Angel was conceived during her relationship with Eddie Murphy, who initially denied being the youngster's father.

This time, Mel says having a "supportive" partner has made a huge difference to her pregnancy.

She added: "It's been lovely to have a pregnancy with a loving, caring partner and not be all alone as a single parent moaning to myself.

"It's nice to have someone who's really supportive."