Kimberley Walsh had said her former Girls Aloud bandmate Cheryl would make “a brilliant mum”.

Cheryl is rumoured to be expecting her first child with boyfriend Liam Payne and bookies have even suspended betting on whether the couple are set to become parents.

Kimberley WalshKimberley Walsh thinks Cheryl would be a "brilliant mum"

Speaking about Cheryl to The Sunday People, Kimberley said: “She’s really happy right now. And she’ll be a brilliant mum.

“She has loads of nieces and nephews, so she’s used to the madness of children.

"Both she and Nicola (Roberts) are naturally good with kids.”

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Kimberley also spoke about her relationship with her former bandmates Cheryl and Nicola to the Express over the weekend. “I see Nicola and Cheryl a lot anyway,” she said.

“But obviously you don’t get to go on girlie holidays much once you have kids. I think that they both like the fact that they can come and get it out of their system and then leave which is what I used to feel like with my sister’s children.

"It’s lovely to have all the fun side of it, but I don’t know who’s more broody. I’m sure they’ll both settle down and have kids at some stage. I think they’ve always planned to have a family, so hopefully they will do at some point.”

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When asked if she was happy that Cheryl has found love again with Liam after her divorce from Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, Kimberley said: “Yes, I’m really happy that she’s happy.

“I don’t really want to go in to too much detail on that because I feel that it’s something that she should speak about, but to know that she’s happy makes me happy.

"We’ve all been for dinner and obviously hang out together, which is really nice.”