Benedict Cumberbatch may become a father in the near future if rumors about fiancée Sophie Hunter turn out to be true. An exclusive report from Showbiz Spy claims the “Sherlock” star’s partner is two months pregnant.
The couple, who revealed their engagement through an announcement in the Times, will deny the pregnancy rumors until Hunter is at least three months pregnant, a source told the news site. “They will deny the pregnancy until they want to announce it,” the insider said. “They’re very private.”
In a recent interview, Cumberbatch, a likely Oscar nominee for his starring role in "The Imitation Game," talked about how suffocating fame can be. “The perverse thing is that fame kind of drowns the air you need to create the thing that made you famous in the first place. You need your space; you need to be able to work at a certain pace -- or just be an artist, really -- rather than being famous,” he told Variety.
Just because the couple are apparently keeping quiet about the pregnancy doesn’t mean they’re not thrilled. The source said Cumberbatch, 38, is “delighted.”
In fact, it’s something the actor has always wanted. “All his dreams are finally coming true,” the anonymous source said. “Ben has long dreamed about his settling down and starting a family.”
Hunter -- a theater director, playwright and actress -- could be sporting a baby bump down the aisle, since the duo reportedly wants to get married before their child is born. “They’re very traditional and don’t want their baby to be born out of wedlock,” the source claimed. “They plan to get married before the baby is born.”
Some of Cumberbatch's fans were thrilled to hear about the baby rumors and even named the supposed child “baby batch.”
— Dinda. (@ClaireBearMasen) Dec. 2, 2014
Congratulations to Benny for this great news. #Babybatch
— 221whitechaplian (@dream_day11) Dec. 2, 2014
AAAH Benedict is gonna be a daddy, congratulations ! #Babybatch
— Oxford Comma (@July_Mtl) Dec. 2, 2014
Others, however, were forlorn the rumored child did not belong to them.
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS GONNA BE A DAD ... AND IT'S NOT MY BABY.
— Mimi Tucker (@TuckerMimi) Dec. 2, 2014
Is it true that Benedict Cumberbatch is having a baby??
— Victoria (@_Viktoriah) Dec. 2, 2014
Alleged baby and future wedding aside, the actor recently told Vogue he plans to continue with “Sherlock.” "I can't imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock,” he said, according to E! News. “I'd love to play him as an old man” as long as “we can keep the quality up.”
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