Katherine Heigl Is Pregnant! Baby Boy on the Way for Actress and Josh Kelley

06/23/2016 at 08:00 AM ET

Katherine Heigl is pregnant!

The actress and her husband of eight years, musician Josh Kelley, are expecting their third child — a boy! — in January, the couple confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.

Their son will join big sisters Adalaide Marie Hope, 4, and Naleigh Mi-Eun, 7.

“The Kelley clan is thrilled to announce that we are expecting a third addition to our family,” the couple tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Naleigh and Adalaide could not be more excited to welcome their new sibling into the fold and Josh and I are overflowing with joy and gratitude.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for us filled with hope, anticipation, and hormones. Well, only I’m filled with hormones, but everyone in the family gets to enjoy them,” Heigl jokes. “We couldn’t be more excited to be able to finally share this news with our fans and are looking forward to continuing to share the journey with you all. xoxo, Katie and Josh.”

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Kelley took to Instagram on Thursday, writing, “Hahaha!! Well I guess the cats out of the bag!!!! We’re so excited people!!! What an awesome journey!!! Can’t wait to hold this little nugget.”

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Heigl, 37, and New Lane Road singer Kelley, 36, adopted Naleigh from South Korea in September 2009 when she was 9 months old. Heigl, whose sister Margaret was also adopted from Korea, created the name Naleigh as a combination of Nancy, her mom’s name, and Leigh, Margaret’s middle name.

Naleigh was born with a congenital heart problem that was fixed via open-heart surgery before she left Korea according to a Harper’s Bazaar story from 2010. “Her heart is 100 percent fine now,” Heigl told the magazine at the time.

Adelaide was adopted domestically and joined the family in 2012. In December 2012, the actress, who is set to star on CBS’s upcoming legal drama Doubt with Laverne Coxexplained this name choice: “Adalaide because of my great-grandmother, Marie after my middle name, and Hope because that is what the process became.”

She and her family reside in Utah. “It’s a quieter life,” she writes on her lifestyle blog Those Heavenly Days, where she shares “all of the things that inspire me, give me purpose, and bring beauty, peace and gratitude to my life.” 

@joshbkelley and I have some news…go to thoseheavenlydays.com and I'll tell you alllllll about it! 🍼🎉💙

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Building her family through adoption was always on Heigl’s mind.

“Josh and I started talking about it before we were even engaged,” the actress told Parent & Child in 2012. “My sister Meg is Korean, and my parents adopted her three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea. We have talked about having biological children as well, but we decided to adopt first. I just wanted to be a mom. So however we do that, it’s fine with me.”

— Catherine Kast

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Synk on

Absolutely love this lady. Congrats!

klutzy_girl on

Cute! I love Katie. Congratulations to them!

Juli on

Congratulations to Josh and Katherine on their unborn son and their gorgeous family. Their baby boy will be handsome!

guest on

So happy for them!! A baby boy is a blessing. Congrats to them!

Madison on

She’s just a few kids short of becoming the next Angelina Jolie.

Mrs. B on

I’m not a fan of this woman, but pregnancy news is something to celebrate. Congratulations to their family on the baby boy who will join them in January.

Anonymous on

Congratulations!

Rini on

So happy for them! Congratulations! Love her movies.

sharon Little on

My really nasty thought : this woman will do anything to make people love her again,get back her career.

Pinky on

Maybe the title on the front page could read “also have two daughters,” instead of “after adopting …” The after sounds off.

maryhelenc on

Congrats to her & her family!

AkronGirl on

The media made me think “poorly” of this woman. But I give her credit for adopting, and now having a biological baby, and she’s been married with this man for more than 3 years! Congrats, to you all! #happy for your growing family!🙂

Sara on

Congratulations! But she hasn’t worked in a very long time (except kitty litter commercials) but she seems to be an amazing mom so I have a feeling she is doing what she is meant to do… Raise a family.

Tall, too on

Tall girls have to be more careful how they act in public and in general because our sheer stature intimidates people, especially men. So if she has a personality that was difficult to work with as the rumors report it was only heightened (pun intended) by her size.

Mom Of Twinz on

Great news! Congrats!!!

Janie on

Congrats to the whole family! Wonderful and exciting news!

Cheryl on

That’s such great news! And her story is so very inspiring. I had always wanted to adopt too but when I grew up it became expensive. lol I’m glad she adopted, it sets a great example but also shows what kind of person she really is and her husband too. And love that name Naleigh!

guest on

How do they know it’s a boy already when she’s only like 2 months pregnant?!

lilly pond on

Yay, love this couple.

Diane on

So happy for you!!! God Bless you all!!!

dancer9236 on

Happy for the entire family. I really like her…she has always seemed to be very content with her home life, and this is a new blessing. She gets a lot of unwarranted criticism , but I have always liked her.

LC on

Awww! Good for them! I respect their decision to adopt first and then have a biological child – they seem like good people. Congratulations!

mer on

I looove their family, two adopted girls and now biological son. It really sounds like a typical modern family where love is all that matters.

Anonymous on

It is pretty twisted to think that a woman who is raising her two girls with such care (never using them as props unlike many of her peers) got pregnant for publicity. Congrats to them. They seem like great parents.

Susan on

Congrats!! I’m a little confused on how they know it’s a boy when she was reportedly due in January? I guess she must be due in December…?

Angela on

I didn’t know she adopted two kids.

Brenda Carroll on

Congratulations!💖

Inky on

Good for them!! That is so exciting!!! Especially for their children… Congratulations to the whole family. ..

Vonna on

Aww her kids are lovely.

sally on

How AWESOME! Those two sisters will love all over their new little brother. I love her blog and so jealous of her fabulous life on her ranch in Idaho. I know she’ll be knitting up a storm for this new little arrival! Congrats!

jean on

Sally- they live in Utah- but agree, they seem like a wonderful family! Congrats and how exciting that it’s a boy! Daddy has to be thrilled.

Woman at work on

For all the people who fell into that story the media created about her being a horrible person to work with just remember she was a woman in a mans world and she stood up for herself. A strong woman demanding fairness can come off as B*#$%y. She hasn’t lost her career either shes been in movies regularly as well as shows and I think shes great!

Heather on

For those asking about how she could possibly know at 2 months that it is a boy– given her age, they likely ran bloodwork and you can learn gender from that way before an ultrasound will show it. I was 35 when I got pregnant and being considered “elderly maternal age” (seriously….) they did this for me as well.

Carly on

Not a huge fan of hers but congratulations! They seem to be a lovely family!

@Susan, a good friend of mine is around Katherine’s age and is pregnant. She’s considered medically to be “advanced maternal age” and with that she had to go through some extra blood tests, and one of them was able to also determine gender, so she and her husband found out fairly early on through the test that they were having a boy. She was only 14 weeks when she announced her pregnancy to us and was already then able to tell us she was having a boy.

El on

Congratulations to the family. I’ve always liked her – she’s talented, outspoken, and smart. This may not be appreciated in Hollywood circles but it’s a great combination. And she seems to be doing a great job with her family too!

Extra Actor on

Worked on the set where she was filming a movie. The biggest snob ever! If you looked at her the wrong way, she would start screaming. She’s a good actress but terrible attitude. The actors on set were thrilled when the filming was finished. She really didn’t get along with anyone. Hopefully, these children and married life have changed herr but I just can’t see that happening.

Extra Actor on

Congratulations to her and her beautiful family! She took time off from films because she was extremely difficult to work with. On Greys Anatomy, no one cried when she left. Producers sort of black-balled her from films and even TV. Glad she took time to be with her family. Sounds like she slowly is trying to get back in TV. First step is her cat commercial which she is in now. I hope she has changed for the better.

Alison on

Congratulations to this wonderful family.

madcloser on

I do not know why the media is hell bent on bashing this girl. Not too easy to deal with, million of us are. Congratulations Katherine and wish you every success in future.

Char on

Aww- congrats to the family!

Edyie on

Congratulations! What a happy addition to their family. Best of luck to them all.

stylista on

I suppose she had to do something since no one will work with her.

Sam on

She’s my girlcrush..I LOVE This girl!!! She is such a role model and loves animals and adopts..a pure saint!

Ugonna Wosu on

Congrats!

MamaBear3 on

Hope she quits smoking

Guest on

Hopefully, she’s quit smoking.

Debbe on

Actions speak louder than words. Katherine was generous enough to adopt kids in need. She could have just enjoyed her single rich life. Or she could have paid loads of money just for biological children. Which is fine too. But she was selfless….completely selfless. Now, more love is coming back to her. Love her! Congratulations!

Debbe on

For the people on here dissecting what she does now, for example saying she only does commercials. You have no idea what her income sources are. Being happy is the most important thing in the world and she seems truly happy. Why take the time to bash someone who hasn’t done anything wrong to you?

hmm on

Since her career has dried up, it is no shock she got pregnant. Too bad she is such a c u next Tuesday…allegedly.

tracy on

I love all of these holier than thou responses. Do you know this lady personally? Have you worked with her? Have you experienced first hand her ‘bad behavior’? More than likely you haven’t. Until you have walked in someone’s shoes, you should not judge them. The media loves to build people up just to tear them down. IF she was as b****y as she’s been made out to be, then I hope she’s changed. But no matter what, she seems happy, and she seems to be a great mother from what is shown on her own private Instagram page and such.

liz on

she’s nothing but a spoiled brat/diva!! Man, she has a lot of people fooled.

Dysturbed on

hmm,
As the article states, she has a new show on next season. It may not last, just as her show in 2014-2015 didn’t last, but her career isn’t “dried up” at the moment.

L on

It gives hope.thank you

Cara on

Someone asked how they knew it was a boy if she was only 2 months pregnant. Apparently you know nothing about pregnancy but if you’re older than 35 when you give birth, your doctor performs several tests and they can tell by the blood sample what you’re having. I found out that I was having a girl when I was only 10 weeks pregnant. So incredibly happy for her and love that she has a blended family just like mine!

Laura on

It looks like she is have a lovey family. Congrats.

Michelle on

Very happy that she has the family she always wanted. Congrats to her & Josh and may they continue to be blessed.

JR on

To everyone questioning why she was “bashed “in the media, here’s a refresher. She took herself out of the running for an Emmy for Grey’s Anatomy, produced by the most powerful WOMAN in TV, because she thought the material she was given wasn’t good enough. A ridiculously childish, egotistical STUPID move on her part. There’s really not much more you need to know about her, I don’t care how many children she adopts. Doesn’t make her a good person.

life goes on on

Happy for Katherine Heigl and her husband and the girls to have a new addition to their family soon. I love her outspokenness which nobody wants to do in the media, that is why Hollywood blocked her big time, because they do not want to hear the truth. Those directors and producers, put people who tell the truth, just like Putin into prison.

lifegoes on on

@hmmm, you are such a hateful person, you dummy

nanny mcfee on

I hope she can stop chain smoking for 9 months.

sarah on

Congratulations to Katherine and Josh on the pending bundle of joy.

Hmmm... on

The math on the timing can’t be right. If she’s due in January, she must only be 5 – 8 weeks pregnant. An 8-week baby is NOT that developed in-utero yet., as the ultrasound picture shows. Something is amiss.

What a Racket on

What a GREAT way to direct traffic over to your BRAND NEW blog site!

Anonymous on

I’ve read all the bad press, but to be honest, most of it was a while back. People don’t always stay the same. She sounds really down to earth here. Sometimes having kids will bring out the best in people, soften the abrasive side of their personality. They sound like a nice family.

Anonymous on

Guest- the ultrasound does not look like a 2 month baby. At least 3 months and an experienced technician can tell the gender at the NTS scan around 3 months. Not to mention Katherine is advanced maternal age so she likely had some early genetic testing done which can tell the gender depending on which testing she chose.
Congrats to the Kelley family! Setting a great example of a good marriage and raising their kids out of Hollywood for other celebrities. She hasn’t worked in a while, which I think is wonderful since she has small children and likely more than enough money to go off into the sunset and raise them.

Anonymous on

So happy for her. Congrats.

Anonymous on

How do they know it’s a boy already? Seems really early for that, unless they went to a Dr for it. Two yrs ago I was due in January and found out late August what I was having.