Keke Palmer joins motherhood! The 29-year-old star confirmed weeks of pregnancy rumors by revealing her baby bump on her first Saturday Night Live host.
This will be her first child with her boyfriend, Darius Daulton Jackson. She shared the milestone during her opening monologue for the show.
“There are some rumors going around, people have been saying in my comments, ‘Keke is having a baby, Keke is pregnant, and I want to set the record straight — it’s me,” Keke said.
She then ripped open a gray trench coat and revealed her bare baby bump to the cheering audience. She gave viewers a sideways glance as she rocked her stomach and jiggled with joy and laughter!
After hilariously fumbling with fastening the coat, she explained how hard she was trying to keep the news a secret.
“…it’s bad when people spread rumors about you on the internet, but it’s even worse when they’re right. I mean, I’ve been trying so hard to keep it rock bottom because I’ve got a lot of stuff going on, you know,” Keke said, before sharing a joke about how she released her sponsorship checks. She then added: “But honestly this has been the biggest blessing and I’m so excited. Guys, I’m going to be a mom.”
Darius Daulton Jackson shares baby bump photo of Keke Palmer
After Keke dropped her pregnancy bombshell, Darius took to the Instagram Story with a sweet repost. The father-to-be shared a photo of Keke cradling her baby bump during a restaurant outing. He wrote “2023” on the picture along with a red heart emoticon.
According to Bustle, Darius and Keke started dating in the summer of 2021 after meeting at Diddy’s Memorial Day party. By August, they had made their relationship official on Instagram. This year in March, she told Bustle that she had revealed their relationship after deciding to quit the “boss behavior,” aka doing “whatever the hell she wants.”
“It’s the happiest thing I’ve ever felt with anyone,” Keke said. “So why should I bother to hide this person? It’s a lot more work than just living in my life and being in my life.”
Photos of the couple are no longer available on any of their Instagram profiles. What that means is unclear, but the actor and fitness trainer was at the side of his child’s mother on Saturday.
Darius was present on the SNL set during the announcement along with Keke’s cousin Dominque Perry. In another video of the actress backstage, Darius held an air mic to Keke’s mouth as she explained how relieved she was to drop the message.
Keke said she felt “very relieved”. She added that she “can’t wait to eat and just lay down and sleep and just be so happy.”
Social media is reacting to Keke Palmer’s pregnancy announcement
earlier this year, Keke Palmer played a pregnancy prank on her fans for April Fools’ Day. She cleared it up soon after, saying she wasn’t lying, she was telling jokes. Palmer also said that she would “one day be a mom” and have a mini-me that she could be “silly as hell” with.
Now the time has finally come! But as previously mentioned, rumors circulated that Keke had planted a secret baby bump in the weeks leading up to the SNL appearance. Fans began speculating that she was pregnant after her wardrobe took an lavish turn – come in extra-wide fits and puffed-out dresses.
Keke Palmer at the 2022 TIME100 Next event held at SECOND on October 25, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Nina Westervelt/Variety via Getty Images)
One particular dress Keke wore to the CFDA Fashion Awards on Nov. 7 had the innanet in detective mode. The floor-length gown featured a blue, green, and white pattern, puffy long sleeves, and a strapless neckline. In photos from the night, Keke appeared to have a glowing face and puffy cleavage – common signs of pregnancy.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 7: Keke Palmer attends the CFDA Fashion Awards at Casa Cipriani on November 7, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images)
Well, the baby bump is out of his clothes — and celebrities and fans haven’t stopped congratulating the actress on the milestone.
@KekePalmer Congratulations Keke!! You’re going to be a faaaabulous mom! 😘♥️
The baby will laugh before it walks!
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) December 4, 2022
That Keke Palmer is pregnant and looking so freaking gorgeous and happy… is good medicine for the soul! Congratulations Keke!!!! Ahhh!! So happy for you!!
— Caramel (@juicyethers) December 4, 2022
It really feels like my favorite cousin is pregnant Happy birthday Keke😍😍😍
— Jazzy (@thatjayyyglow) December 4, 2022
Brother, it’s crazy that we really WATCHED how far Keke Palmer has come in her career. Like I literally grew up with her; Akeelah and the Bee, True Jackson, Beauty Shop, Jump In, their album So Uncool… and now SNL?! It’s so nice to see man! CONGRATULATIONS KEKE!! 🤰🏽
— Boss ☀️ (@IAmDwayneHarris) December 4, 2022
With PCOS, you’re told you won’t have children, so I know it’s different for her. Congratulations Keke!
— Lover Girl 🤍 (@IndiaAlmighty) December 4, 2022
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Keke Palmer, SZA Episode 1833 – Pictured: presenter Keke Palmer during the monologue on Saturday December 3, 2022 – (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC via Getty Images)
Keke ended her monologue with a little joke about being an adult — for anyone wondering!
“Even though some people feel a little weird because I’m having a baby, because I was a child actor, I just want to say, look, I’m 29 years old, I’m having sex, I own a house, I have this on January 6th Stormed the Capitol, you know? What adults do,” Keke said.
Congratulations Keke Palmer! Watch the full monologue below:
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