Here’s an announcement we didn’t see coming: Eddie Murphy is about to be a father—for the ninth time.
According to E! News, a spokesperson for 54-year-old Murphy confirmed the news Wednesday. The mom-to-be is the comedian’s girlfriend, Paige Butcher, 36. Butcher is expected to give birth in May.
Reports suggest that the parents-to-be have been together for at least four years. In 2013, the expectant mom opened up to Vanity Fair about struggling to date a celebrity and her decision to quit social media.
“I’m in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there,” she said. “I felt like I was giving out too much information. I was giving people too much access. I like to keep as much private as possible now.”
This will be Butcher’s first child. Murphy is already father to Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13; from his previous marriage to “Hollywood Exes” star Nicole Murphy. He also fathered 26-year-old Eric with ex-girlfriend Paulette McNeely, 25-year-old Christian with ex-girlfriend Tamara Hood, and 8-year-old Angel with TV personality Mel B.