LiAngelo Ball and Nikki Mudarris have announced that they are expecting their first child together. The couple shared their excitement about becoming parents in an exclusive interview with PEOPLE.


“We’re both so excited about becoming parents, we spoke about having a life and kids when we first met, our goals, dreams, life we wanted & then it really happened,” the couple shares.

“We can’t wait to meet our baby and begin this new chapter together,” they add. “It’s super exciting for us both being first-time parents and getting to experience everything together.”

Mudarris and Ball revealed that their family and friends were overjoyed when they heard the news.

“The news was super exciting for everyone in my family, however, everyone was super shocked and I think they’re still shocked even though my belly is huge! Overall, everyone cannot wait for the baby to come. They’re super happy for me, I found love with an amazing man and God blessed me with my baby, everything I really wanted is truly happening.”

Ball, who plays for the Greensboro Swarm of the NBA G League, recalled how he shared the news with his family. “When I told my mom and pops they were shocked a little bit but I think more so excited than anything,” he says. “My mom was yelling and cheering in excitement. When I told my brothers [NBA stars LaMelo and Lonzo Ball] they were happy for me and also excited to become new uncles to my seed.”

Mudarris, who is a Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood vet, said that her pregnancy has been mostly smooth sailing.

“The baby has been super good to me, I haven’t had one ounce of morning sickness,” she says. “I just feel more tired overall than anything. As far as my cravings, the baby craves everything his dad loves — Popeyes, Oreos, Wingstop, pizza, pasta — all the bad things I never used to eat because I was always watching my weight and now I can’t stop eating!”

The couple knows the sex of their baby, but they will be keeping it private at this time. They already have a name picked out, “ironically we picked our kid(s) names three months before I got pregnant so when we found out it was pretty easy what we were gonna name the baby,” they add.

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