The couple broke the news to PEOPLE via exclusive maternity photos of Brat, 48, freely flaunting her (Da) baby bump.
“It’s been quite a journey,” said Da Brat who’s 18-weeks pregnant via an “eager entreprenur” from a cryo bank. “There’s a lot of stuff we learned about women over the age of 40.”
According to the publication, Brat and her wife’s road to motherhood started around the time they said “I do” back on Feb. 2 of last year after Dupart, the CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, said they were “extending their family” in promotion of new hair products.
The Internet took the comment and ran with it.
“It started as a joke, we were like, ‘We’re extending our family!’ ” she said of the tongue-in-cheek marketing tagline for their collaboration. “But then we got a huge response. It was like, ‘Oh my God do we want to actually have kids, and if we do, girl, we better hurry up!'”
PEOPLE reports that Brat said kids weren’t ever really a part of the plan…
“I never thought I was going to have kids,” she said. “I just thought it wasn’t in the cards for me. I’ve had a great career, a full life. I felt like, because I didn’t get pregnant earlier on, then it just wasn’t going to happen for me.”
That is, until she met and fell for Harris-Dupart. “I started looking at life so differently,” said Da Brat. “I was like, I want a little me with you. Something special from the both of us that we can share and raise and love unconditionally.”
and she admitted that she had to be convinced by her wife to carry their child.
“I was like, nothing’s gonna come out of me!” said Brat.
Harris-Dupart was able to convince her otherwise. “We had a little tug-o-war in the beginning…but I felt like she should have the experience,” said her wife. “She is so nurturing.”
Brat also opened up about suffering an unfortunate miscarriage while trying to expand her family with Jesseca.
“I had never been so excited about something that I didn’t even know I wanted,” said Da Brat who doesn’t have pregnancy cravings or nausea but is always tired. “I fell in love with the idea and then it was all snatched away from me.”
“Luckily,” she says, “we still had quite a few of her eggs left. […] “It’s just a blessing. I’m excited!” she added.
Da Brat And Jesseca “Judy” Harris-Dupart Both Had IVF Complications
Brat’s baby reveal comes after she and her wife appeared on Tamron Hall in January 2022 and noted the IVF complications they both suffered from. Judy was hospitalized with blood clots while Brat discovered that she had fibroids and was cautioned against carrying their child. Brat told PEOPLE that she had fibroids and polyps on her uterus removed prior to becoming pregnant.
Despite the doctors’ recommendation, Judy shared why it was important for Brat to become a mother.
“She’s [Da Brat] never experienced it [motherhood] and she is a very caring person,” said the entrepreneur who has three children from previous relationships. “She is the most nurturing person I’ve ever met in my whole entire life. So I just think that, that would be great and anything that I’m able to give her in this lifetime I will.”
“Since you’ve been through IVF, you can just imagine the journey, the complications, I was hospitalized with blood clots,” Dupart added to Tamron Hall. “It’s just been a lot but we were not giving up…We want a baby together. So we want it to be, you know, we wanted, we want some of me, some of her. So we both had to go through different things to make it happen. This has been a journey. We haven’t spoken about it much on social because we have had some ups and some downs on our journey, some complications, but we are still in the process.”
Looks like the process is complete!
Brat and Judy not only shared their pregnancy news with PEOPLE, but they also shocked Sherri Shepherd with the news on her show. The couple surprised the Sherri host with a t-shirt confirming her new Auntie status.
“I’m going to be an Auntie!” said an excited Sherri on the show before bursting into tears and hugging Brat.
On the heels of Brat and Judy’s national pregnancy reveal, WE tv has announced the return of Brat Loves Judy! Season three premieres, Thursday, April 27 at 9pm ET on WE tv, with episodes streaming the following Monday on ALLBLK.
“Rap Legend, Da Brat, and wife, hair care mogul, Jesseca “Judy” Dupart give fans unprecedented access into their personal lives and emotional fertility journey, as they try to bring a child of their own into their blended family,” reads an official description.
“The expansion of the Harris-Dupart home brings new experiences and complications to light, as they maintain their ever-expanding careers, merge empires, tackle family differences, and realign with their faith. Tune in Thursday, April 27 at 9pm ET on WE tv.”
Congrats to Brat and Judy!
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