Eddie Murphy is expecting his ninth child,, and his first with longtime girlfriend, actress and model Paige Butcher, according to reports.
Here’s what you need to know about the couple:
1. Eddie Murphy & Paige Butcher Have Been Dating for 4 Years
Though they’ve kept it largely under wraps, Murphy and Butcher have been together for four years.
The parents-to-be most recently went out into the public eye when Murphy was given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, D.C., last month.
2. Paige Butcher’s Relationship With Eddie Murphy Has Helped Her Avoid Social Media
Being in the spotlight with Murphy has led Butcher to be wary of and shun social media, she said.
A search of Twitter and Facebook revealed no profile for Butcher.
3. Eddie Murphy Already Has 8 Children With Different Women
As for his other children, Murphy and his ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell, 47, have five kids together: Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13.
The comedian also has a 26-year-old son, Eric, with his ex-girlfriend Paulette McNeely; a 25-year-old son Christian, with his ex-girlfriend Tamara Hood; and an 8-year-old daughter, Angel, with America’s Got Talent’s Mel B.
4. The Announcement Comes as Eddie Murphy Is Preparing For His New Film Role
As Murphy and Butcher prepare for the arrival of their first child together, the actor is also gearing up for a role in director Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor biopic. Murphy will play Pryor’s father, Leroy “Buck Carter” Pryor and Mike Epps will play the iconic comedian.
5. Paige Butcher Is a Model & Actress With 2 Film Credits to Her Name
She also appeared in Maxim the Real Swimsuit DVD Vol. 2.