The Scandal actress, 36, and her husband, NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, 32, are expecting their first child, a source close to the actress confirms to PEOPLE.
“Kerry and Nnamdi are ecstatic,” the source says. The baby is due in late spring.
The pal adds that the private star likely wouldn’t have discussed her big news, but with a stint on Saturday Night Live this weekend, “she didn’t want the focus to be on whether or not she has a bump.”
Despite the news, “Kerry will still absolutely be keeping her private life private,” the source says.
A rep for Washington, who was recently named PEOPLE’s best-dressed woman of 2013, would only say, “We do not comment on her personal life.”
Washington, who is known for keeping mum about her personal life, shocked many when she secretly wed San Francisco 49s cornerback Asomugha in Hailey, Idaho, four months ago. The couple had quietly dated outside of the spotlight.
“If I told you, I’d have to kill you,” Washington later joked to reporters when pressed for details on the wedding.
But the actress, who had previously been engaged to actor David Moscow, may have inadvertently given up a few clues about her pregnancy when she showed up on the set of Scandal in early October wearing her husband’s oversize sweatshirt.
Washington, who plays political fixer Olivia Pope on the hit ABC drama, had spoken previously about her need to nurture her relationships out of the spotlight, telling Glamour magazine, “I learned through experience that it doesn’t work for me to talk about my personal life.”
– Andrea Billups