Rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle announced that they’re expecting a baby, their third as a couple, but their seventh child in total. The new heir to the throne joins their two sons: 11-year-old Clifford “King” Joseph Harris III, and 7-year-old Major Philant Harris. Their daughter Leyah Amore Harris was stillborn in 2007, six months into a complicated pregnancy, as People noted.
Cottle has an older daughter, Zonnique Pullins, from a previous relationship, and through her marriage to T.I., she has three stepchildren: 15-year-old Messiah Ya’Majesty Harris, 14-year-old Domani Uriah Harris, and 14-year-old Deyjah Imani Harris, from previous relationships.
Tiny and T.I. began dating in 2000 and married on July 30, 2010, in Miami Beach, Florida.
In December, 2011, their reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle premiered on VH1. The series chronicled the lives of the couple and their extended family, which included the death of Cottle’s father, Charles Pope, who died in 2013 at the age of 76 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) December 26, 2015
T.I. and Tiny’s reality series inspired a spin-off, Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip. The series chronicled Tiny and her best friend, Shekinah Anderson, in a mobile hair salon across the country.
Tiny — who acquired the nickname due to her small stature of four-feet, 11-inches — revealed her pregnancy on Christmas Day, showing off her adorable baby bump in a Instagram video.
“Merry Christmas! Thank you to my family for my wonderful gifts…But most of all thank you for our new heir to the throne. This is the best Christmas gift you could’ve ever gave me,” she says in the video.
— Tha Celebritea (@thacelebritea) December 26, 2015
Tiny also posted more videos of her family opening up gifts.
“Another year with these Harris’ and everyone’s opening up their stuff,” she’s overheard telling the camera.
While she found career revival through her union with Grammy-winning T.I., she is best known as a member of the multi-platinum R&B group Xscape. She received a Grammy Award for co-writing the TLC hit, “No Scrubs.”
Tiny’s Xscape bandmate, Kandi Burruss, is also expecting her second child, and her first with husband Todd Tucker. The Real Housewives of Atlanta mother told E! News that Baby Tucker is due next month.
“I am due January 6. My actual due date is January 20 but Dr. Jackie [from Married to Medicine] wants me to schedule a C-section at January 6,” she said. “I don’t have any cravings, which is crazy. I don’t even eat that much, which is also crazy.”
Bravo reports how Kandi also shared just how this pregnancy is different from when she was expecting her daughter, Riley, who is now 13-years-old.
“This pregnancy it’s not a lot different than my first one but it is different as far as it wasn’t as easy to get pregnant, so that was the major difference. With Riley it was like a surprise, like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m pregnant.’ With this baby, we actually had to try.”
Last year, Tiny was blasted by fans and critics on social media after she had a groundbreaking cosmetic procedure that isn’t even legal in the U.S. She had her eye color permanently changed from brown to gray.
Cottle revealed her look on Instagram saying: “I permanently changed my eye color with Brightocular and lovin it!! Huge thanks to the incredible doctor for the amazing experience and for making my dream come true!”
The procedure is called Brightocular, where a permanent colored contact is applied over the actual iris. Many concerned fans hit up Tiny to rant about the health risks, warning that she’ll grow to regret to color change. Tiny explained that the procedure is painless, safe, and that the implant used to cover your natural eye color “is a medical implant usually used on patients with eye illnesses like glaucoma,” she said.
“I had been wearing colored contacts for a couple of years and they were making my vision blurry,” Tiny explained to People, in an effort to shut down the critics. “A friend of mine mentioned that she had heard of a procedure where you could permanently change your eye color and we looked into it. We researched it for a bit but I was nervous because … it’s your eyes! But two years later it came up again. I spoke to the doctors and to patients who’d had it. I learned that there was no downtime, that it only took about 15 minutes — plus it’s reversible. When I found out that your could reverse it, I was sold.”
No doubt VH1 will chronicle Tameka “Tiny” Cottle’s pregnancy on Family Hustle. You can get caught up with past episodes of the series on VH1.com.
[Images courtesy Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney/Twitter]