R&B singer Mariah Carey and husband/rapper Nick Cannon have finally confirmed speculation that they are expecting their first child together.
Confirmation on the pregnancy was made Thursday (October 28) morning.
"It's been a long journey, Carey said, "but it's been tough because I've been trying to have, like I said, to hold onto a shred of privacy, and that was not easy." Carey added that the baby is due in the spring, though she declined to give a specific date. Rumors of of a pregnant Carey have surfaced and re-surfaced since 2008, when the star married Cannon in a surprise ceremony. At the time, the couple said, Carey was not pregnant, but that soon changed. 'We took the test and it was positive, and we were like, is this real?' Carey said. A little over a month later, however, Carey had a miscarriage. "It was really sad, so we just really had to absorb this and take it in," she explained, while Cannon noted her strength to "be during the day so festive, smiling for cameras and spending time with everyone, and then literally at night, crying herself to sleep." (Billboard)
In August, Carey released a statement addressing the pregnancy rumors.
"I appreciate everyone's well wishes. But I am very superstitious," she wrote on her website Wednesday. "When the time is right, everyone will know-even Cindi Berger [her publicist]." (Us Magazine)
Earlier that week, Carey's husband, Nick Cannon, publicly said he would neither confirm nor deny pregnancy reports.
"I've said it before and I'll say it time and time again -- when my wife feels like talking about whatever she wants to talk about, you will hear it directly from her. We know that we're public figures and that's something but...that's something that you want to keep near and dear... until you're 100 percent sure in any situation...There's a certain time limit that you're supposed to wait before you actually can officially say that you are. You've got to take all those things into factor and it gets really heightened when you're one of the most famous people in the world because you don't want to mislead anybody." (Rap-Up)
Prior to his public address, Cannon went on Twitter to discuss pregnancy rumors.
"If & when my wife is ready to make ANY announcements about private matters she will do it personally. Thanks for being respectful GodBless," he tweeted back in June.
"My heart goes out to any woman who has to deal with public scrutiny and speculation pertaining to their private life REAL TALK!" (Nick Cannon's Twitter)