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ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 11: Erykah Badu attends BET’s Social Awards 2018 at Tyler Perry Studio on February 11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET)

UPDATE: And FatBellyBella has responded to the rumors. She didn’t speak on why she was rubbing her stomach in the Instagram clip she shared, but she made it clear in hilarious fashion that she’s not pregnant:

And there you have it.

Could Erykah Badu be expecting again?

That is the question some people are asking after the 47-year-old posted a video of herself rubbing on her bare stomach this week.

It all started with Badu posted up in a parking lot, showing off her always colorful and distinctive sense of style. She does all of this to the sounds of Shabazz Palaces’ “A Mess…” Now, one member of Shabazz Palaces is Ishmael Butler, the former Digable Planets star who shares a child with singer Coko Clemons. Badu captioned the clip, “Ishhues wit trust,” and at one point in it, the words “She love you Ish” flash in front of the screen.

Now, this could all mean absolutely nothing, but followers were quick to notice that she rubbed her stomach more than once and immediately asked if she was with child.

“Did I just see what I think I saw???” asked one fan.

“Wow, So is this indicative of you being pregnant by @shabazzpalaces ???” asked another.

“You rubbed your belly 2x’s whats going on” said another follower.

An IG user who commented quite a few times seemed confident that Badu is pregnant, even identifying Butler’s daughter and saying that she could further confirm that “they’re dating and she’s pregnant by him @shabazzpalaces.”

If she is pregnant, it wouldn’t be a shock. She is currently touring, and Badu told The Guardian earlier this year that she has spent most of her time on the road taking care of children.

“I don’t know life [on the road] without children,” she said. “Baduizm came out in February 1997, I got pregnant in March 1997. So I’ve been pregnant or breast-feeding or with a new baby since the very beginning, and I was determined to use my energy to build something and I just take it one moment at a time.”

Of course, Badu hasn’t confirmed or denied anything just yet, but she likely will sooner than later. The last time the mother of three faced pregnancy rumors in 2015, she responded in only the way she can:

But Queen Badu isn’t the only celeb woman who has been surrounded by pregnancy rumors. And while we don’t know the status of these rumors for the “Honey” singer just yet, we know that after being hounded about it, these nine other ladies are not expecting (right now that is).


After appearing to have a bump of sorts during she and Jay Z’s second On the Run tour experience, Bey shut down rumors that she was pregnant by reminding everyone, little belly and all, she’s “flawless.”


After people claimed that they spotted Cassie out and about looking a little fuller, she responded with a photo of herself looking anything but — and also made some money for Fashion Nova at the same time.

Jennifer Williams

After posting the photo above, the former Basketball Wives star had to deal with questions about being pregnant. She didn’t comment on them, but she did post a photo of her stomach, looking quite taut, while selling Flat Tummy tea.


The rapper and The Talk host was alleged to be pregnant after stepping out in a suit that seemed a little big around the stomach. But she used her post on the talk show to refute the rumors.

“I feel like this is the perfect day to say, guys, I am not pregnant,” she said. “Not yet! Not yet. I must have been bloated that day, I don’t know. I can see from the angle of that picture. But it’s funny because this actually comes up every few years. This one particular thing. And hopefully we will soon, so maybe people are just hoping we are pregnant. So thank you for your good wishes.”

Taraji P. Henson

We don’t even know how the rumor got started, but Taraji was quick to say she’s not carrying fiancé Kelvin Hayden or anybody’s baby for that matter.


Weeks before the premiere of Season 11 of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kandi Burruss was plagued by pregnancy rumors. And considering she has been trying to get pregnant to no avail, that made them even more of a nuisance.

“We’re definitely trying to figure out ways to grow our family,” she told ESSENCE. “I know a lot of people thought that meant that I was pregnant. But I’m not pregnant. Let’s be clear. I saw that floating around the internet.”

Naomi Campbell

When British rapper Skepta shared a photo of a sonogram on his Instagram in July, people speculated that most recent girlfriend Naomi Campbell was expecting his child. Nope. The supermodel responded with a bikini shot to let people know she was not pregnant, and also that her short-lived but whirlwind romance with Skepta was kaput.

Keyshia Cole

Who could forget when Cole got so fed up with speculation that she was pregnant with boyfriend Niko Hale’s child that she fake confirmed it?

Adrienne Bailon

The Real host appreciates fans’ well-wishes and high hopes for she and husband Israel Houghton, but until you hear it from her lips, she’s not pregnant.

“I know you guys are like, ‘Is she pregnant? Her face is fuller.’ FYI, I’ve always had a really chubby face, so that’s not what it is,” she said. “As I told the audience yesterday, I had McGriddles and things to eat yesterday. But I think you should be sensitive to that. As an audience, we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away.”

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Amara La Negra

There were all sorts of rumors, including that Amara La Negra was dating Usher of all people and having his baby. However, the Love and Hip Hop: Miami star said no es verdad.

Well Damn Apparently Im Pregnant & I didn’t even know it! Lol” she wrote on Facebook. “Who is the Baby Daddy 🤷🏾‍♀️lmao… Yall are doing Way too much right about now!” 

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