Vanessa Simmons Welcomes Daughter Ava Marie Jean

02/18/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Vanessa Simmons Welcomes Daughter Ava Marie Jean
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Run’s House has a new addition.

Rev. Run‘s daughter Vanessa Simmons and her boyfriend Mike Wayans welcomed their first child, daughter Ava Marie Jean, on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 13, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Despite their talk of marriage, Simmons and Wayans have yet to tie the knot. Their relationship status played a big part in the mom-to-be’s hesitation to announce the pregnancy.

“There’s this whole idea of first comes the marriage then the baby carriage so I was so nervous,” she said in October, after confirming the couple were expecting a baby girl.

But Simmons received a surprising reaction after she broke the news to her parents.

“Of course [my dad] 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 100 percent,’” she shared.

The reality star stayed true to his word, showing up to lend his support when Simmons was showered with love during her January baby bash.

“This was such a joyous event for Mike and [me] and our families,” Vanessa, whose future father-in-law is Damon Wayans, told Essence. “The room was filled with so much love and laughter all in honor of our lil angel.”


– Anya Leon with reporting by Gabrielle Olya

FILED UNDER: Births , News , Vanessa Simmons

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Jazmin on

hey! thats my niece’s name Ava Marie! LOL

Cindy on

Thank goodness – another one with a normal name! I’m sure the baby is going to be beautiful.

Juli on

Gorgeous name! Very classy and timeless. Congratulations to the new parents.

EM on

She’s so pretty, I’m sure the baby is too. Congratulations to you both!

bkable on

Congrats :) Adorable name!

Leigh on

Hold up Reverend, Is she married???!! Conception before marriage..tut tut tut..

emma on

Love the NORMAL name they picked for their newborn daughter; congrats!

Amy on

Congratulations Vanessa & Mike on the birth of baby Ava!!

Brandi on

@ Leigh would it have been better if she had an abortion, gotten married, and then gotten pregnant just to have a child that was conceived in wedlock?

Her father obviously has his beliefs but it’s nice to see him and her family being supportive in welcoming Ava into the world. Vanessa is 30 years old…lol I think she’s more than capable of caring for a child now.

I waited until I got married to have kids and while that’s what worked best for me, that’s not what works for everyone and I don’t judge anyone else for doing what’s best for them.

Congrats to Vanessa on the birth of her baby girl…I’m sure she’ll be just as beautiful as her mother ♡

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