Keshia Knight Pulliam Reveals Name for Baby Girl—and How It Was Inspired by Her Divorce

The actress describes why she decided to give her daughter a particular name in light of recent personal events

By Samantha Schnurr Aug 19, 2016 4:28 PMTags

Amid her ongoing divorce from Ed Hartwell, expectant actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is finding grace through her pregnancy. 

During an episode of her podcast "Kandidly Keshia" on Friday, the former Cosby child star took to the microphone to reveal the name she has chosen for her growing baby girl. 

"I was back and forth on if I wanted to share this or not, but I decided that I would because it is so hard for me to keep it in," Keshia teased. "I'm so excited about her. Her name is…Ella Grace."

The 37-year-old actress explained that while she had already picked her daughter's first name, her middle name was inspired by recent events surrounding her and her estranged husband. 

News broke of Hartwell's divorce filing in late July, just days after Keshia announced that she was pregnant with the couple's first child. The former athlete also reportedly requested that Pulliam take a paternity test. However, Keshia later claimed in an interview to Entertainment Tonight that she and Ed had almost broken up previously due to his alleged infidelity. 

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"I knew Ella was going to be my first baby girl's first name. Then in the midst of all of this is when she's earned her middle name, Grace," Keshia explained. "When I tell you through all of this the grace of God has so been with us and has covered us and protected us—she's been my saving grace to get through it. It's knowing that it's not about me. Knowing that on days when I want to curl up in the bed, pull the covers over my head and cry until my eyes fall out, that is not an option because she feels everything I feel and right now, it is bigger than me—it's about her. It is about her being ok."

Despite her personal strife, Pulliam is thrilled to become a mom. "I am just so excited to meet her because she has some amazing things to do in this world. I can't wait to just support her along her journey of becoming all that she is destined to be," she concluded. "I know she's going to be an amazing woman. She comes from a long lineage of strong, just wonderful women and I can't wait to see all that she is going to accomplish and add to the legacy."

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