A source close to the Australian cricket team has revealed that superstar bowler Nathan Lyon never told his teammates and partners to keep his baby a secret before photos of him pushing the newborn in a pram came to light exclusively by Daily Mail Australia.
Although there was no indication that Nathan Lyon and his wife Emma were expecting a child, last week the famous bowler was spotted taking a stroll with the new arrival in Sydney’s west, with a well-placed source confirming that the couple had welcomed a newborn.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the sports insider revealed the players’ wives and girlfriends were never sworn to secrecy about the couple’s pregnancy.
“Everyone knew, it wasn’t a secret. We weren’t sworn to secrecy, it just wasn’t news to break,” the source said.
While remaining tight-lipped about specific details, the insider accidentally let slip the gender of the couple’s newborn.
Lyon was spotted pushing his new baby in a pram near his home in Sydney’s west earlier this month, taking his Weimaraner dog Gus for exercise.
The last time Lyon’s wife Emma (pictured together) was photographed in May, she was wearing an overcoat which would have hidden any telltale signs of a pregnancy.
“I don’t know his name, sorry,” they said.
Lyon, 35, and Emma, 33, are reportedly keeping their son’s name closely guarded.
“They choose not to lead a public life and if they choose to keep their pregnancy a secret, that’s their business,” the source said.
The couple reportedly welcomed their first child together earlier this month.
Daily Mail Australia’s exclusive photos show the pitcher wearing his distinctive baseball cap and pushing a pram designed for newborns near his home in Sydney’s west on September 11.
When asked if the child in the pram was his, Lyon gave a very telling “no comment” and refused to speak further.
Another clue that the couple had just welcomed a baby was a note on the entrance to their home reading “please don’t ring the doorbell” – a common request from parents who don’t want their baby is awake.
In the weeks since the photos were released, no official announcement has been made from the couple or their management.
Emma has cleverly hidden her growing baby bump with a series of clever styling tricks over the past few months.
She was last photographed by the paparazzi in May, wearing an overcoat that reportedly hid any telltale signs of a growing baby bump.
An eagle-eyed cricket fan also photographed the couple with the pram near their home earlier this month.
Emma and Nathan got married last year after managing to keep their engagement a secret for months
The couple has been fiercely private from the start, and when their relationship progressed to getting engaged, they tried to keep their July 2022 nuptials out of the press.
“They are choosing not to share this information or their pregnancy with the public or the media – so it’s not up to anyone else to break the news for them,” the source revealed.
Their relationship began in scandalous circumstances when they were caught kissing in Perth in late 2017 while Nathan was still with his ex, Mel, with whom he shares two daughters.
Mel detailed their heartbreaking breakup in a March 2018 blog post.
The then-single mother said her pain was “real and deep” and recounted nights she would lie in bed with her children and cry.
“I didn’t ask for this, this wasn’t how my life was supposed to be. He was my forever, he was my whole world,” she wrote.
The cradle-style pram that Lyon was pushing is specially designed for newborns
His daughters Harper, nine, and Milla, eight, live in Canberra.
Lyon and Emma bought their Sydney home together in 2020. Rumors began circulating that their engagement took place last year.
This was later confirmed when Emma was spotted with a large engagement ring on her finger during the fourth Test against India at the Gabba in 2021, while she also posted about her search for a wedding dress on Instagram.
Their couple appeared in style at the Australian Cricket Awards in January, with Emma donning a stunning sparkling white low-cut dress while Lyon donned a tuxedo.