Congratulations are in order for actor and comedian Eddie Murphy.
The SNL alum seemed to be in high spirits when he was spotted out and about on Thursday morning. Murphy, who is usually averse to the paparazzi, indulged them with a modest smile while walking back to his car from a local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Los Angeles.
Photographers were hoping to get a glimpse – and perhaps, a few snapshots – of Murphy’s girlfriend, Australian model Paige Butcher, but to no avail. A representative of Murphy recently confirmed to USA TODAY that the couple is expecting their first child together.
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This is will be baby number nine for the 54-year-old actor, and number one for 36-year-old Butcher. Murphy sires eight other children whose ages range from 26 to 8. He has five children with his former wife of 22 years, Nicole Mitchell; one son each with Tamara Hood and Paulette McNeely; and an eight-year-old girl named angel with former Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown.
Butcher talked about her relationship with the prolific and well-respected actor in 2013 during an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair magazine. Even after being together for four years and counting, the couple has not seen much media attention because as Butcher said, “I like to keep as much private as possible now.”
“I’m in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there,” she added, explaining why she decided to keep off social media.
Meanwhile, Murphy was recently awarded with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. While delivering his acceptance speech, the Nutty Professor actor made a jab at fellow recipient Bill Cosby, who is currently facing multiple rape and sexual assault charges.
"Bill has one of these," Murphy said of this trophy. "Did you all make Bill give his back? Because I know there was a big outcry from people they were trying to get all of Bill’s trophies back.”
"You know you f--- up when they want you to give your trophies back," he told the audience, who laughed at the dig.