Keshia Knight Pulliam Reveals Her Baby Girl’s Name and the Inspiration Behind It: ‘It’s Knowing That It’s Not About Me’

08/19/2016 at 02:15 PM ET

Keshia Knight Pulliam Reveals Baby Girl Name
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Keshia Knight Pulliam may be going through a tumultuous divorce from husband Ed Hartwell, but she is finding the beauty in the situation — namely, by giving her soon-to-arrive baby girl a moniker that represents her mom’s strength.

“I was back and forth on if I wanted to share this or not, but I decided that I would because it is so hard for me to keep it in,” the Cosby Show alum said Friday on her Play.it podcast Kandidly Keshia. “I’m so excited about her. Her name is … Ella Grace.”

Of the reasoning behind her daughter’s name, Pulliam admits she had Ella picked out already, but Grace was a new addition inspired by her recent experiences.

“When I tell you through all of this the grace of God has so been with us and has covered us and protected us — she’s been my saving grace to get through it,” the actress, 37, explains.

“It’s knowing that it’s not about me,” she adds. “Knowing that on days when I want to curl up in the bed, pull the covers over my head and cry until my eyes fall out, that is not an option because she feels everything I feel and right now, it is bigger than me — it’s about her. It is about her being okay.”

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Former NFL linebacker Hartwell filed for divorce from the expectant mom just days after she announced her pregnancy, requesting a paternity test and telling New York Post‘s Page Six that Pulliam pressured him to have a baby right after they were married, four months after they began dating.

“That’s not who I am,” Pulliam said on Entertainment Tonight in July about the cheating accusations shortly following news of the couple’s split.

“That’s not an issue. There’s no problem,” she continued, alleging that, on the contrary, she stayed with Hartwell after he was the one who had committed adultery in the past. “I’ve never been unfaithful to my husband. This is his daughter.”

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But Pulliam says she is focusing on the positive, in the form of her daughter — whom she already knows will leave her mark on the world in the greatest way.

“I am just so excited to meet her because she has some amazing things to do in this world. I can’t wait to just support her along her journey of becoming all that she is destined to be,” Pulliam says. “I know she’s going to be an amazing woman. She comes from a long lineage of strong, just wonderful women, and I can’t wait to see all that she is going to accomplish and add to the legacy.”

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blessedwithboys on

If it’s not about her, why is she planning to take all the drugs?

Rudy on

If “it’s not about me” why is she giving interviews to anyone with a camera and a microphone?

Kim on

Both of these 2 are immature jerks. In no way shape or form do they deserve this baby. I feel sorry for it already.

Mary on

I hope you know that he will be in you and your child’s life forever. So fix it.

Amy L on

Not commenting on her personal issues. That is her problem. I think the name she chose is beautiful.

kp08 on

@Kim How is she an immature jerk?
BTW, she picked a beautiful name.

choconet64 on

Congratulations on your baby but it would’ve been a lot easier emotionally had you gone to a sperm bank! We all have to live and learn. I sympathize with you because I’ve been where you are. I married my ex-husband too soon and it backfired! He was going off to Iraq and he wanted to be married before he left. BAD IDEA.

Vanessa on

KEEP ALLAH / G’d in your life and keep it
moving sister.

Claire on

Yup, God. Sounds like a lovely arrangement God has dropped on you. How can a child made with such an ungodly man become so godly herself when you clearly state that she contains the legacy of your own family? How are you planning on getting rid of his *contribution* to your child and just keeping your own DNA?
Such nonsense. It’s always the single, infertile or screwed up people who invoke God to try to justify or give false hope.

Jenna on

Every time I read a post about her, the first thing that pops into my head is ‘Damn, Rudy Huxtable is having a baby… I’m getting old’😀. I really like the name Ella Grace, very classy!

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