This is no joke: Eddie Murphy is going to be a father for the ninth time!
The comedian, 54, and his girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, "are pleased to announce that they are expecting a child in May," Murphy's rep told E! News Wednesday. This will be the first child for Butcher, an actress and model who has been dating the Beverly Hills Cop and Coming to America actor for four years.
The parents-to-be most recently stepped out in public together when Murphy was given the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in Washington, D.C., last month.
In the last four years, neither Murphy nor Butcher have said much about each other in the press. In 2013, however, Butcher did open up to Vanity Fair and admitted that her her relationship with Murphy made her wary of joining social media. "I'm in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there's already enough of me out there," the Australian star said. "I felt like I was giving out too much information. I was giving people too much access. I like to keep as much private as possible now."