"Congratulations To All"

Brian McKnight has a baby on the way. The recording artist announced his family’s expansion earlier this week.


McKnight shared pictures of him with his wife, Leilani Malia Mendoza, who showed off her baby bump while smiling for the camera. “We are ECSTATIC to finally announce BABY MCKNIGHT is coming soon,” Brian told his Instagram followers. “To my beautiful wife, you are my everything my hero my reason for living,” the singer wrote to his spouse. “I’m so in love with you, baby,” Brian shared with Leilani.

Leilani and Brian McKnight tied the matrimonial knot in 2017. The 2020 lockdowns that were caused by the coronavirus pandemic gave the couple time to bond on a different level.

“I’m perfecting the art of doing nothing,” Brian shared with the press during a recent interview. “The pandemic showed me I probably worked too hard, and I don’t have to work too hard. I want to spend time with [my wife].”

Spending time with his wife included collaborating with her to create new music. “I’m writing at home [and I’d say], ‘Babe, come listen to what I just wrote,’” McKnight said of his writing process while at home with his wife. “Every song I write, she’s right there with me,” the recording artist shared.

“She’s the first person to hear the music when it’s written,” Brian said of his wife. “We gotta have a lot of Kleenex around the house,” he added.

Leilani Malia Mendoza and Brian McKnight are expecting their baby to arrive in the coming weeks. The little one will arrive months after the McKnights lost a baby to miscarriage.

Dozens of fans took to Instagram to wish Brian and Leilani well on their expectancy journey. “So excited for y’all,” one social media follower shared. “Congrats,” the supporter added. “Amazing,” another Instagram fan wrote. “Congratulations to all.”

Photo: Brian McKnight/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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