Foxy Bingo have released a statement

Stacey Solomon is now no longer a judge – or contender – for 2012’s Celebrity Mum Of The Year.

Foxy Bingo have dropped Stacey from their shortlist and removed her from the judging panel – a position she was given after she won the title last year – because she was snapped smoking just 2 months before she’s due to give birth.

Foxy Bingo has taken the decision to stand Stacey down from her position as judge on Foxy Mum and from the voting shortlist for Foxy Bingo Celebrity Mum Of The Year 2012, the winner of which will be announced next week,’ reads Foxy Bingo‘s statement.

Stacey has apologised to the people at Foxy Bingo and is sorry and embarrassed by her actions.

‘We understand Stacey is doing everything she can to stop smoking and in recent times has cut back dramatically.

‘She’s naturally disappointed but accepts Foxy Bingo‘s decision.’

Stacey – who’s already mum to Zachary, 3, and is due to give birth in May – was photographed as she lit up in an alleyway outside London photographic studio The Works over the weekend.

And now the pictures have come to public attention, the 22-year-old has admitted she only has ‘a few cigs a day’ because it helps calm her down if she’s stressed.

‘I am really ashamed and embarrassed that I have been smoking during my pregnancy,’ Tweets Stacey.

‘It is something that I am deeply upset about and not proud of in any way.

‘I feel that I have let people down who have given me fantastic opportunities and believed in me but most of all I feel I have let myself down and my family, that I care about most in the whole world.

‘However I feel that I am a strong person and I am doing everything in my power to give up and have been for a long while.

‘I will succeed and I will give up as I care more about my children than anything and everything.

‘Thank you to everyone for your on going support and loving me for me. My flaws and all. Love you all lots xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.’

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