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It’s tough to be a Christian in the spotlight, and Sunday’s Best season 3 winner Le’Andria Johnson is finding that out the hard way. This week, the singer confirmed speculation that she really did have a baby bump at BET’s recent “Celebration of Gospel” event, and while some people were supportive of her situation, others expressed grave disappointment.

“In recent weeks, there have been numerous published reports stating that I am pregnant. I would like to take this time to confirm that I am pregnant and due in September,” she wrote. “I have been feeling well and maintaining a healthy appetite. I have been busy traveling around the country with my music ministry. One can only imagine that as a mother and mother-to-be, my plate is quite full—taking the kids to school, doing homework, cooking—regular mother duties. I have been blessed to have the love and support of my church, family, friends, label, management, and fans. I have received so many beautiful and thoughtful notes and prayers from people all over the country. I ask that you continue to pray for me and my family. I cannot do this alone. I will continue to pray for God’s guidance and protection over my life. I love you all very much and I will be in touch soon.”

In September, Le’Andria spoke to Eurweb about the difficulties of trying to make relationships work. The 29-year-old has had two failed marriages and is a single mother of three. At the time she said she was dating a man God chose for her,  and sources have said the father of the child she’s pregnant with is a musician who has been in her life for about 18 months and that marriage is in her plan.

Amongst the well wishes Le’Andria spoke of was a comment from a very upset fan who expressed their frustration with her pregnancy on her website:

“Honestly Le’Andria I am disappointed,” she wrote. “To deny that I am not would be a gross lie. I look up to you and the anointing that exudes from you, I really do. Fornication is a serious sin and it is not one to be jumped over lightly or ignored.”

This news could likely be quite damaging to the young mother’s image as people develop their initial opinions about her behavior, but as these judgements typically do, it will likely blow over in the end.

Do you think it’s a big deal when a gospel singer has a public slip up like this?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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