Lacey Turner: Stacey Slater star addresses EastEnders departure ‘After the year we’ve had’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Lacey Turner, 32, confirmed last month she is expecting her second child with partner Matt Kay and has now said she is planning to enjoy her maternity leave in Ibiza. The EastEnders actress revealed she will be taking six months off from the soap to enjoy motherhood and will hopefully be at the couple’s Spanish home early next year.

Lacey and Matt have struggled to visit their Balerics property this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Not being able to spend time under the sun has left the couple “gutted” as they could not finish renovating their home.

Lacey said: “We’re gutted, we have only been out there for two days since last September. 

“We were planning on spending two months before I went back to work but we couldn’t because of COVID-19.

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“We have got lots to do on the house. I’m planning on taking about six months off work for my next maternity leave and we want to go and live there for a couple of months if we can. 

“Although, when I get out there in the sun after the year we’ve had, I doubt I’ll want to leave!” she added.

The EastEnders actress confirmed she’s 16 weeks pregnant, and due to give birth in February.

Lacey and Matt are already parents to one-year-old daughter Dusty, and revealed their joy at expecting again so soon.

Lacey has previously had two miscarriages at seven weeks, before giving birth to Dusty.

“I didn’t know how long it would take and you worry you may suffer more heartache, but, thankfully, everything’s been fine,” she added.

“I don’t think pregnancy will ever be an exciting experience for me as I always have that worry in the back of my mind, but the further along I go in the pregnancy, the less I worry. Matt’s more positive than me.”

Lacey also divulged that none of her EastEnders colleagues knew she was pregnant.

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