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Rev. Run‘s fans have come to rely on his inspiring words of wisdom — but his daughter Vanessa Simmons feared she wouldn’t be hearing her father’s famous phrases when she shared her exciting news.
Simmons, 30, and her boyfriend Mike Wayans were expecting their first child.
“There’s this whole idea of first comes the marriage then the baby carriage so I was so nervous,” the mom-to-be tells Essence.
But once she made the announcement, the Run’s House star’s reaction took Simmons by surprise.
“My dad was actually really excited because this is the first grandchild for my family. I think somewhere deep inside he was kinda like, ‘When am I going to experience that part of life?’” she says.
Simmons adds, “Of course he wants us to get married, but for now he was like, ‘We’re gonna figure this out. Just be happy and have a healthy pregnancy. I’m behind you a hundred percent.”
While Simmons and Wayans aren’t planning to tie the knot before the baby arrives, the couple are looking forward to making it official in the future. “Of course we talk about that and it’s looking good,” she shares.
“But I don’t want to be a pregnant bride. I wanna have a beautiful wedding, hopefully a destination wedding where I can show off my figure in a beautiful long flowing dress.”
For now, Wayans is kept busy running to the store to satisfy Simmons’ cravings.
“Every time my mom calls me, she asks, ‘Where’s Mike?’ and I’m like, ‘He’s at 7-Eleven,’” she jokes. “The cherry-flavored Slurpee is my weakness. So is the Jamba Juice Mango-a-go-go smoothie.”
While the parents-to-be had come up with a long list of baby boy names — they believed Simmons was pregnant with a son — it’s back to the drawing board because they are expecting a baby girl!
“Now I’m stumped thinking of little girl names,” Simmons says. “But I’m excited because little girl clothes are amazing and I’m the girliest girl ever!”
– Anya Leon