PREGNANT LIZ DUMPS BEAU -- & RUSHES BACK TO HUGH

Published on: November 15, 2001

Pregnant Liz Hurley broke down in tears and dumped boyfriend Steve Bing after he told her he didn't want to become a dad.

Then she flew back to Britain to be comforted by former lover Hugh Grant -- who's now trying to woo her back!

That's the tangled tale behind the headlines as Liz's roller-coaster relationship with Grant takes another incredible turn.

Now close pals are predicting the glamour couple will tie the knot -- and Hugh will adopt Liz's baby!

"Hugh's already acting like it's his child," revealed a source close to the couple.

"Bing didn't want the baby -- so why not?"

Said an insider: "Hugh never wanted to lose Liz -- she was the one who dumped him after he was caught with a hooker in Hollywood.

"But he's always been there for her -- now more than ever.

"He was the one who went with her and held her hand when she had her first ultrasound. They're both living under the same roof at Liz's house in London while Hugh's apartment is remodeled.

"He's doing all he can to win her back -- and it wouldn't surprise any of their pals if they get married and Hugh adopts the baby!

"When Liz discovered she was expecting Bing's baby, she never considered an abortion. She always wanted a baby and she realizes that at age 36 her biological clock is ticking.

"And when she looks at other famous moms like Madonna, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Kate Winslet, she realizes she can have a career AND a baby."

Bing, $600 million real estate heir and wanna-be Hollywood producer, wooed Liz over private dinners at the $3,000-a-night suite he keeps at the posh Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

But close pals say Bing's negative reaction to Liz's pregnancy stunned the supermodel and killed their romance for good.

Now she's dubbed the 37-year-old playboy "Bing Laden"!