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Why Tika Sumpter Kept Her Pregnancy a Secret for Seven Months: ‘I Didn’t Want to Hear, “Who’s the Dad?” ‘

09/09/2016 at 04:45 PM ET

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Tika Sumpter is expecting her first child, a little girl, in early October. But while most couples gearing up to welcome a baby this fall likely made it known earlier this year, Sumpter waited until August to do so — and for good reason.

“She’s my first child, and I wanted to experience every moment of this pregnancy for myself and enjoy it without everybody else being in it with me,” Sumpter, who currently stars in OWN’s The Haves and Have Notstold Fit Pregnancy and Baby for their October issue’s cover story.

“I didn’t want to hear, ‘Who’s the dad? Are you with the dad?’ Social media can be harsh, and I’m a mama bear, protective of my family,” Sumpter, 36, explains. “So that’s why I waited to tell people, including some friends.”

“My friends weren’t mad at me,” she adds. “They said, ‘You did it the way you wanted to do it. You’re an inspiration.’ ”

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Baby Girl on the Way for Tika Sumpter

08/12/2016 at 07:45 PM ET


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Tika Sumpter is going to be a mom! The actress sported a visible baby bump at the Southside With You press conference in Los Angeles on Friday.

Sumpter, who stars in OWN’s The Haves and Have Nots, is expecting her first child – a daughter – this fall, a source close to the actress confirms. “She’s super happy,” the source tells PEOPLE.

Also on Friday, Sumpter, 36, confirmed her pregnancy on Instagram and Twitter. “Preggers and promoting w Legend. Happy and proud. #Southsidewithyou #Aug26th @johnlegend,” she captioned her selfie with the film’s executive producer John Legend.

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