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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.
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Vanessa Simmons Celebrates Baby Shower with Family and Friends

01/23/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

It was a family affair on Saturday at the Sugar Factory in L.A., as Vanessa Simmons and boyfriend Mike Wayans welcomed their respective broods and close friends to their intimate baby shower designed by Cairo’s Custom Events.

Guests including Simmons’s father Rev. Run, step-mom Justine and sister Angela, as well as Mike’s dad and brother — Damon and Damon Jr. — and uncle Marlon were greeted by a sign that read: “Rub a dub dub, a new little girl to love.”

Other attendees included Tyrese and his daughter Shayla and mom-of-three Ali Landry.

The couple, who are expecting a girl next month, treated everyone to a special menu — featuring yummy bites of sourdough grilled cheese fingers served atop roasted tomato soup shooters — that was created by Citron Catering. Mommy mock-tails and Zing Vodka cocktails were also served as refreshments.

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Baby Girl on the Way for Vanessa Simmons and Mike Wayans

10/02/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Vanessa Simmons Pregnant Expecting Daughter
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Rev. Run‘s fans have come to rely on his inspiring words of wisdom — but his daughter Vanessa Simmons feared she wouldn’t be hearing her father’s famous phrases when she shared her exciting news.

Simmons, 30, and her boyfriend Mike Wayans were expecting their first child.

“There’s this whole idea of first comes the marriage then the baby carriage so I was so nervous,” the mom-to-be tells Essence.

But once she made the announcement, the Run’s House star’s reaction took Simmons by surprise.

“My dad was actually really excited because this is the first grandchild for my family. I think somewhere deep inside he was kinda like, ‘When am I going to experience that part of life?'” she says.
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