*Congratulations go out to Eddie Murphy and his girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, who are expecting their first child together.
News of the pending arrival was given to Entertainment Tonight via a statement from the 54-year-old funnyman’s rep. Media sources report that the child will be Murphy’s ninth and the latest in a string of children he fathers.
The siblings include Murphy’s oldest , 26-year-old Eric, with Paulette McNeely, and 25-year-old Christian, with Tamara Hood as well as Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13 with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell Murphy. Eddie Murphy’s youngest child is 8-year-old Angel with former Spice Girl turned “America’s Most Talented” judge Melanie “Mel B ” Brown.
For Murphy, the birth of his newest child follows him being recently honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor as well as his return to the big screen in Lee Daniels‘ upcoming Richard Pryor biopic.
Murphy and Butcher’s child is due in May 2016.