Nia Long Expecting Second Child

06/17/2011 at 04:00 PM ET
Courtesy Nia Long

There’s a baby on the way for Nia Long.

The actress, 40, and professional basketball player Ime Udoka, 33,Β are expecting their first child together this fall, the couple confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“This is the most exciting time in our lives,” Long and Udoka tell PEOPLE in a statement.

“Words can’t explain how thrilled we are by the new addition to our family. We feel truly blessed and appreciate all the well wishes and prayers.”

Long is already mom to son Massai, 10, from a previous relationship, while this will be Udoka’s first child.

— Sarah Michaud with reporting by Jenisha Watts

FILED UNDER: Exclusive , Expecting , News

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Brooke on

He’s purty……WTG Nia!!

Shannon on

Congrats to the gorgeous couple!

ForeverMoore on

Wow he is hot…they will make a beautiful baby that is for sure! Can’t believe she is 40!

klutzy_girl on

Congratulations to them!

showbizmom on

One of our best actors that doesn’t get the recognition she deserves. Very happy for her and her very good looking boyfriend.

Toya L. on

Congratulations to them.

Rae on

Congrats! I remember him playing for the Spurs but I am not sure what team he is on now.

Jen DC on

Awww, so cute! Congratulations!

People is all late with the news… It’s been all over the internet all week.

Alison on

I saw the rumors on BET, but People is the first to get the confirmation from Nia and the baby daddy info. Congrats. I’ve always liked Nia.

Crystal on

I ♥ Nia Long! Her boyfriend is HOT HOT HOT!! That kid will be GORGEOUS! CONGRATS! I’m predicting another boy! πŸ™‚

Jillian on

US Weekly stated that Nia Long confirmed with them as well, so either they are lying or this is not an exclusive confirmation with People.

Either way, not sure who she is…looks familiar. Congrats.

Liz on

Congratulations, he is HOT. That baby will be so adorable. Nia’s son Massai is a cutie already.

Jillian, I just checked on Us and it looks like they posted an hour and a half after People and that Nia didn’t give them a photo. Most likely that was part of the deal and after a certain amount of time the rep can confirm with other outlets after People gets it exclusively. Back before I was a SAHM, I did PR for a number of years and that is how it worked (in the mid-00s at least).

Jillian on

Liz, exclusive means only with one and no one else. Example, i am exclusively dating my partner, meaning…..only him. Other outlets will say, confirmed by People, but post the story. This is the first time I have seen it like this. Nia herself confirmed it to Us, which makes it no longer exclusive. Of course, if time had gone by then she would confirm with others, but the stories posted within 90 minutes (could have been reported within minutes) eliminate this being exclusive.

Liz on

That’s not really how it works in media though. Exclusive often means “exclusively breaking the news.” Often times outlets are given a lead time of an hour with an exclusive, after which the rep will confirm with others who can then post. Once the first site posts, everyone else will ask. That looks like what happened here. Nia gave the photo and info to People first, they posted, then Nia or her rep confirmed elsewhere when others asked – but they didn’t get a photo from her, and they didn’t get to break the news. It’s all a game. I miss it sometimes!

Jillian on

Not sure where you worked, but most companies/people don’t define exclusive that way in the media.

Amber on

Actually, Liz…Jillian is correct. I also work in Media Planning. As soon as the “exclusive” window is up…other media outlets are all over it like white on rice. To the second.

Liz on

I worked for an entertainment magazine website (not People or Us). Amber, that’s what I’m saying – there was an exclusivity window of (it looks like) an hour or an hour and a half, plus they gave People a photo. So it was initially their exclusive and it’s not wrong to mark it that way, but then after a period of time of course the rep will confirm elsewhere with other outlets. Point is, People got to break the official news and it was an exclusive at the time it posted. That was all my point was.

Toya L. on

Hmmm… @liz you are 100% correct for certain cases, I can give examples. = ) @Jillian, hmmm you are 100% correct in certain cases also.

Chantelle on

He is yummy looking. You go Nia…

julia on

I have not seen Nia Long for over twenty years. Very talented actress and dancer. Congrats on your pregnancy/


They are a striking couple!!!

Jillian on

Nia confirmed with People AND US at the same time! The articles came out, one hour apart, that is not an exclusive announcement. Natalie postman and lailia Ali both exclusive here and all other places sited People. I have never seen a situation wher a site claims exclusive and the main competitor had it confirmed within two hours. That is not exclusive. Celebs do exclusive interviews with magazines, tv, or newspapers, that you can’t find elsewhere.

Jillian on

Oh, she also gave US quote. We don’t know that the confirmation was given an hour apart. What we know is the stories were posted an hour apart….BIG difference.

Molly on

Jillian, just let it go and grow up

Congratulations to them πŸ™‚

Justdoingme on

I was just about to say the same thing Molly. Who cares who got the exclusive. The good news is that Nia Long and her handsome beau are expecting. Let’s be happy for them, and we can talk exclusive when whomever comes out with the baby pics. Lol

Cynsation on

My Goodness, who cares who got the exclusive??? I can’t believe Liz and Jillian continued to go back and forth on something so trivial. I read this exact article I guess on US last week with a photo of Nia on the beach in a bikini clearly pregnant. What’s important is that they are happy and I wish them the best and hope to see her in a movie soon.

Stop sweating the small stuff!

alexa on

Liz & Jillian–type A’s who don’t have a life. Take your argument off Nia’s page! Congrats to the happy family!

professor on

Congrats on the beautiful couple’s good news. I just love readers that tell it like it is!!! Who gives a hoot about exclusivity…blah, blah, blah….it’s unfortunate Jillian doesn’t know who Nia is. Just confirms some of the most beautiful and talented actresses don’t get the exposure they deserve.

Elaine on

Nia, I wish you and your Udoka a healthy baby; Congratulation!!!!!!!!

mmmm on

he is super handsome and she is gorgeous. best of luck for a healthy baby!

Jillian on

I am free to discuss whatever I want on here and if you don’t like it you can skip right pass my posts or Liz’s or whoever else’s, on to the next! It’s a free world baby! I have a wonderful life, one that allows me to have a free mind and free expression and to not boss people around or have third grade comebacks!

Molly, you are obsessed with my posts. It is a bit freaky.

FC on

Wow, I didn’t know if I’d hear of her having another baby. And she got a new man, too. He’s quite cute. Best wishes to her and Ime with the pregnancy and soon-to-be baby.

Aww, Massai is gonna be a big brother. πŸ™‚

Mo on

I dont think she was expecting the pregnancy, wow didnt know that the guy was so young. Nia got caught up…smh To start all over after now having a 10 year old … Nia what were you thinking girl use the birth control. Nothing wrong with getting you some loving but dont get caught up if you not really wanting that. Women got to stay smart when giving up the cookies…lol Congrats anyways

2Little on

From the way her hair is parted, the fact that she has her right hand on his shoulder & because she’s smiling with her mouth closed, I’m guessing she’s having a boy! The same thing happened when I was pregnant & I had 2 boys. 😎

Tricia on

I can’t believe someone said they have not seen Nia in 20 years!!!

Where have you been??

And how do you know if the pregnancy was planned or not planned?

Why does it matter??

Some people….I tell you!!

Congratulations to the beautiful family!!!!

Annie on

I love Nia she seems so down to earth and I am happy for them both.

Terri on

I can’t imagine not seeing Nia Long’s work in 20 years, she is indeed everywhere. Beautiful couple. I hope that Nia has a happy, healthy pregnancy.

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May on

shut up jillian!!!who cares where u work or who u work for!!!aaaaarrrggghhh!!! and as molly sed…GROW UP!!!u must 12 or something

May on

shut up jillian!!!!!totally agree with Molly,u really need to grow up!!!u must be 12!!!

Blake on

GOD Bless you and your new beau and soon to be baby!

holyghost on

Please God let this be real…happiness is finding your soulmate πŸ™‚

gloria jones on

She is so beautiful pregnant. However, being 40 and already a single parent and having another baby without being married IS NOT CUTE. not a good example to set for her son! just saying.

Jillian on

Okay May……Like i am really going to listen to you. You can’t even spell said. And you need to comprehend……I never talked about where I worked! That was Liz……so I guess you are referring to her. Hmmm……or are you Molly’s 12 year old sister?

Manda on

Would the people that believe that being a single parent is wrong, kindly remove their head from their ass. There are not only single mothers out there, but single full time fathers This is the 21st century. Get with the program people. I am a single parent. I chose to be a single parent. And I would gladly choose it again. Congrats to Nia and her handsome boyfriend and her son.

teena marie on

Congrat nia,luv u so much,hope u have a healthy baby,,and god bless u and ur new baby…..

Gina on

congrats. wow he is hot. beatiful baby on the way

Raevonne on

@2little you were right! Nia is having a boy. they wanted to keep the baby’s sex a secret, but she let it slip during a recent interview.