Update: Translated quotes added.
Originally posted 9:29 a.m.: Italian footballer Juventus F.C. goalkeeper Gianluigi ‘Gigi’ Buffon, 29, and his fiancée, Czech model Alena Seredova, 29, are expecting their first child together — a boy — in December. Italian Vanity Fair recently sat down with the couple, who say that the decision to have a child seemed to be a natural progression of their relationship. Says Alena,
Women are too quick to say they have the right man by their side…but every night they take their [birth control] pill. It takes courage & strength to make such an important life-changing decision … that of having a baby together. I stopped being scared when we moved in together and I came to understand just how much Gigi really loves me.
The couple have six or seven names in mind for the baby, and Alena says they’re ideally searching for a name that can be pronounced the same way in Czech and Italian. When it comes to their aspirations for their unborn son, Gigi says that he is keeping it simple:
I don’t care if my son becomes a doctor, all I want is a happy son. I want him to feel free to choose.
As for Alena’s recent move to Torino, Italy to be with Gigi, Alena acknowledges that it may prove fatal to her modeling career — but she says she doesn’t mind.
I turned my back on that ‘world’ a long time ago. It’s not for me. And my decision to retire from that lifestyle will remain so, I am going to be a mother now.
Gigi scoffed at rumors that his mom did not approve of Alena initially because of her Eastern European heritage, telling the interviewer "in my house we are not racists."
When there is a grandchild on the way, and by surprise moreover, there is a lot of happiness but also a feeling of separation after the birth of a new family. I believe that if your son is happy, with a girl that loves him, anything else doesn’t matter.
Source: Italian Vanity Fair
Thanks to CBB reader Margherita for the original story, and CBB readers Stefania, Silvana and Francesca for translating!