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Inside The Bachelor’s Locky and Irena Gilbert’s family life

The reality stars recently welcomed their first child together.
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Trigger warning: This article discusses pregnancy loss. 

Former SAS Australia contestant Locky Gilbert and his wife Irena Srbinovska welcomed their first child, Ava Aleksandra Gilbert, in 2024.

The couple who met on season eight of The Bachelor Australia, shared the happy news on Instagram, revealing their baby girl was born on February 23, 2024. 

WATCH NOW: Locky and Irena are married. Article continues after video. 

Irena and Locky announced that they were expecting their first child together, in late September 2023, six months on from their dream wedding. 

The couple took to their Instagram accounts to share the happy news, much to the delight of their shared hundreds of thousands of fans. 

Ava is Locky and Irena’s first child. (Credit: Instagram)

“2023 has been a year of surprises, and now Locky and I are thrilled to share the biggest surprise of our lives – anticipating a new member in our family ♥️,” Irena and Locky wrote. 

“As we revel in our happiness, we’re deeply sensitive to those who face the trials of infertility or have suffered loss. Having navigated the rollercoaster of emotions ourselves, we extend our hands and hearts to those on a similar path,” she added. 

“In the midst of life’s storms, may you find your rainbow soon 🌈. Due early 2024 🍼.” 

Locky and Irena shared these adorable photos when they revealed they were expecting! (Credit: Instagram)

However, not everything was smooth sailing for the new parents.

Irena has previously opened up about the struggles she faced during pregnancy, revealing that their baby was diagnosed with a Single Artery Umbilical Cord very early on in the pregnancy, affecting the baby’s development. 

“My bump is smaller than what is expected for how far along I am and I didn’t want to be compared to other women around the same gestation as me,” she wrote on Instagram in December 2023.

“Being pregnant isn’t easy, we ourselves compare our bump, our pregnancy, our baby and our experience to those around us.”

Previously speaking with our sister publication WHO, Irena also shared the heartbreaking news that she and Locky had suffered from a miscarriage during their first few months together.

“But Locky was my absolute rock and having his support made me love him even more,” she revealed candidly. 

If you or someone you know is affected by the topics in this article, you can call the SANDS 24/7 bereavement support line on 1300 308 307 or visit the website.

Wedding joy! (Credit: Instagram)

Since declaring their love for one another in 2020 on season eight of The Bachelor Australia, the couple have shared several exciting relationship milestones with one another. 

From countless adventures to settling down in Western Australia, adopting a fur baby, getting engaged, married, and then starting their family – they’ve well and truly started a life together.

Keep scrolling to see Irena and Locky’s cutest family photos…

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On April 16, 2024, Irena gave fans a first look at life with their newborn. “Life with Ava,” she captioned the post. 

“We’ve been soaking up every minute with Ava and loving life with our baby girl. I haven’t known a love like this and I am so blessed. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night (if she hasn’t woken me already) just to check that she is real and she is mine 🥰.

“So lucky to have had my mum over for a month followed by my brother and sister in law for the last 2 weeks. Seeing them with Ava just melted my heart. Can’t wait for my dad and bestie to meet Ava.”

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Ava is just the cutest!

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These two seem to love taking Ava to the beach. 

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So happy in mum’s arms. 

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