BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton has announced that she is to quit the station after “the most incredible decade”, having announced to fans that she is expecting her second child.

33 year old Cotton, who is married to Jesse Wood (son of Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie), wrote on her website that her departure would mark the start of “a new chapter”. She already has one son, Rex (2) with Wood, and said “Jesse and I are very happy to announce we are having another baby. I feel extremely blessed and happy that Rex will be a big brother, and we get to welcome another Wood into the world.”

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Fearne Cotton, pictured here at the 2015 Brit Awards, is to quit Radio 1

Continuing, she acknowledged how much she enjoyed her time as a DJ: “I would like to thank Radio 1 for being such a great home and most of all to the listeners who have been on this journey with me. It’s such a kick to know you heard a band on my show first, or that the songs I’ve played have helped you through the day, so thank you.”

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Cotton will be formally replaced by Clara Amfo on her Live Lounge show, which runs on weekdays from 10am-1pm, on May 25th. Amfo is already the host of the weekly UK Top 40 singles chart countdown, and she reacted to the news by saying “I am honoured and thrilled to be presenting such a huge show on Radio 1. The broadcasters who have gone before me have left an impressive trail and I hope to carry that on.”

Radio 1’s controller Ben Cooper said in an official statement: “Fearne has been an amazing ambassador for new music and Radio 1, and we want to wish her and her family all the very best for the future. I’m also so excited for Clara, as she represents the next generation of Radio 1 DJs bringing the best new music to young audiences in the UK.”

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