2017 will be an exciting year for Chim

Cheryl might be keeping schtum about those pregnancy rumours but she’s got everyone wondering again after popping up in a new photo with BFF Kimberley Walsh.

The 33-year-old joined Kimba – who’s expecting her second child with husband Justin Scott – to celebrate her birthday at a cosy dinner party on Sunday night and was all smiles in a cute group shot taken during the event.

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Chezza is seen beaming at the camera whilst sat next to fellow Girls Aloud pal Nicola Roberts and manages to keep her stomach obscured in a black outfit.

Kimberley, 35, captioned the Instagram photo: ‘Lovely birthday meal thanks to @love_entertainment_ and @chakraevents.

‘Nothing better than good food, good friends in the comfort of your own home! #pregnant’

Meanwhile Cheryl has been getting emotional about her friendship with Kimberley – which fans of the pair have dubbed ‘Chim’ – in a touching message to her pal.

The former X Factor judge shared a picture with Kimba and wrote: ‘Another birthday for @kimberleywalshofficial and another amazing year to have shared with you. From getting married to having another bambino on the way 😍

‘Happy birthday babe. Can’t wait to see who 😁 and what the next year brings for you. Love you more with each passing year Kimba 😘’

[GIF] Cheryl and Kimberley Walsh, Girls Aloud I'll Stand By You

Awww, you guys! 2017 will certainly be an exciting year for these two, what with Kimberley set to welcome her second child.

Cheryl’s immediate plans are less clear at the moment, having recently cut ties with her management, but it’s reported that she could return with new music later on in the year.

Whatever happens it’s clear that the star is in a good place right now and is enjoying life with her boyfriend Liam Payne.

‘I’m happier than I’ve ever been before,’ she recently told Fabulous magazine. ‘Now is a very good time in my life.’

We’re glad to hear it, Chezza!