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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 7: Queen Latifah and Eboni Nichols cheer for their friend Serena Williams during day 10 of the 2016 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)

Queen Latifah‘s reported girlfriend, Eboni Nichols, is expecting, and according to sources who spoke to Radar Online, she is pregnant with their baby. The sources claim that Nichols and Latifah are not only starting a family together, but they’re also engaged. The publication snagged photos of Nichols out and about on October 3 with a clear baby bump and an engagement ring on her finger.

The two have been rumored to be an item for the last few years, after they were first spotted together in 2013. It was reported that they split, but they were seen together again in 2016, enjoying the U.S. Open (see photo above). They were also seen together, arm in arm, while out and about in New York City earlier this year:

Finding photos of moments between the two are few and far between as the star has always been very private. As for Nichols, she is a choreographer, former Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader and actress who appeared in Dreamgirls. 

If it is true that Nichols and Latifah are having a baby together, it would be good news at a time when the 48-year-old Oscar-nominated actress needs it most. Her mother, Rita Owens, whom she had a very close relationship with and referred to as “the love of my life,” passed in March after a 14-year-long battle with heart failure.

“She had struggled with a heart condition for many years and her battle is now over,” she said. “I am heartbroken but know she is at peace. Thank you for your kindness, support and respect for our privacy at this time. Much Love, Dana Owens (aka Queen Latif‎ah), forever Rita Owens’ daughter.”

It also comes soon after Latifah opened up about her desire to start a family back in 2017.

“I’m a little bit of a procrastinator,” she told E! News. “I had some things to deal with. I had to get a lot of partying out of my system early in life for about 40 years. You know what I’m saying. I’m good now. I think I’m ready.”

You can check out the photos of Nichols glowing with her bump and her ring over at Radar Online.

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