Danny Cipriani has revealed his fiancee Victoria Rose has tragically lost their baby at 24 weeks.
Taking to Instagram, the English rugby star explained that he was excited to become a father — and they had even named their son River, The Sun reports.
“At 24 weeks we lost River, our son,” he wrote. “Was and is always going to be difficult, but we supported each other through it and found our love grew and got strong.”
Cipriani, who previously represented the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby and now plays for Gloucester in the UK, admitted it’s been a “challenging year” and the grief has brought up old trauma.
“It’s been a challenging year, for many different reasons,” he said. “I’ve had to emotionally overcome and heal in different ways that I haven’t experienced before.
“In doing so it brought up old trauma and wounds that were unresolved.”
Remembering back to earlier this year the five-eighth wrote: “The most beautiful thing happened, I was going to be a father and I fell in love. Deeply in love.”
Cipriani explained to fans that this wasn’t a “sad” post and he’s now trying to stay positive and focus on rugby and spending time with his future wife.
“This break now from last season and reflecting is a special place to be,” he said. “I’m more determined than ever to keep growing, learning and loving with my woman.
“I’m also locked in to represent myself the best I can on the field which to this day I still don’t think I have done … The future is exciting it’s going to take hard work. I’m ready.”
Last month Cipriani, who has played 16 times for England, hinted that he had already tied the knot with Victoria Rose, 39.
Just weeks after announcing their engagement, the loved-up couple teased her name change in a cryptic Instagram post.
Cipriani, 32, posted a snap of Victoria Rose and captioned it: “Introducing @victoriarosecipriani — pinch myself every day!”
The post was then filled with congratulatory messages from fans and fellow athletes, as they noted Cipriani’s surname had been added to Victoria Rose’s Instagram handle.
Last month Cipriani revealed he’d proposed to Victoria after just four months of dating. He wrote on social media: “You make me the happiest man in the world.
“I love waking up with you every morning, not knowing which one of our personalities is going to arise, and how we fall in love with each other over and over again.”
Victoria Rose shared a snap of her in bed with Cipriani with him kissing her hand. She wrote “Mrs Cipriani to be” with a ring emoji.
The mental health campaigner is a mother-of-two. She fell pregnant at 14 and her eldest daughter Jade Austin, 24, became a mum herself four years ago, which means Cipriani will become a step-grandfather.
Victoria Rose is also mum to a 14-year-old son and recently spoke about her relationship with Cipriani.
“I layback every night feeling completely grateful for my perfect Family and amazing Friends,” she wrote on social media.
“I wake up every morning appreciative that I am lucky enough to spend another day with all the people I love.
“I’ve spent a lifetime making sure everyone else is OK so it’s the greatest feeling to be showered with the love I get from you.
“@dannycipriani87 I love you. I fully accept you.
“I am so proud of the man you are, what you have achieved and I am counting down the sleeps until I become your wife.”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission