Frankie Essex gives birth to twins! It’s ‘Double the love’ – see exclusive first picture

Frankie Essex and her partner Luke Luv have welcomed their twins, OK! can exclusively reveal.

The former TOWIE star shared the news with an adorable snap of her newborn babies, a boy and a girl.

Announcing the news to OK!, she told us: "Double the love. Our baby bears have arrived" followed by two bear emojis and a pink and a blue heart.

She also shared a black and white shot showing proud dad Luke in the hospital corridor carrying two car seats with their babies in.

Frankie announced her pregnancy back in February with an exclusive shoot for new magazine. The "over the moon" star told us of the news they were expecting not one baby, but two: "There are no twins in the family and we conceived naturally. They’re not identical.

"It was such a shock, but it’s a blessing and we are so over the moon. It’s amazing. As soon as we told the family, I asked if twins run on either side and as far as we all know, they don’t."

Frankie has been in a relationship with partner Luke for three years and revealed he has been so supportive throughout the pregnancy and hasn't let her "lift a finger."

"If he catches me trying to vacuum, he’ll just take it off me!" the 34 year old said.

The former reality star has a whole family around her who are delighted by her baby news – including cousin and TV star Chloe Sims.

“Our new house is only down the road from Chloe. She burst out crying when I told her," Frankie told us.

"She was the first person out of the whole family to know we were having twins. Luke and Chloe are so close too, which is lovely."

While brother, former TOWIE star and now uncle Joey Essex, is equally as "excited."

"His face was the best – I’ve got a video of him reacting [to the news of the pregnancy]. He just kept smiling all day. He checks up on me. He and Luke are really close, which is really nice," she told us.

One person who isn't around to celebrate is Frankie and Joey's late mum, who passed away when she was 13.

And when OK! asked if it made her miss her mother more, while going through pregnancy and preparing for motherhood herself, she told us: "I’ve always thought that I’d be really upset and I honestly thought it would really affect me, but it hasn’t yet. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because I’m genuinely really happy and content. It’s not affected me in a sad way."

The former reality star found out the genders of her twins, a boy and a girl, with a reveal party in March surrounded by her friends and family.

The sky lit up with pink and blue fireworks at the lavish event, telling the expectant parents the genders of their children.

Joey posted on Instagram: "A proud brother about to become an uncle, congratulations to my sister and Luke. Boy and girl."

And when it comes to names, Frankie, who appeared on the Essex reality show from 2011 to 2013 and has made brief cameos since, and partner Luke previously told us they had some frontrunners early on.

"I’ve always had a name in mind, ever since I was younger," she said. "When I first met Luke, I told him it. We’ve had to think of names, as it’s so hard to think of two matching names. So we’ve got options."

While more recently, Frankie unveiled her new nursery for her babies, with a series of stunning Instagram snaps.

The beautiful baby room includes a giant giraffe, adjacent cots and is decorated with neutral colours.

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