Keke Palmer announced via Instagram on Monday that she gave birth to her first child, a son named Leodis Andrellton Jackson, with her boyfriend Darius Jackson.
Sharing her first photo as a mom from her hospital bed rocking her baby boy, the 29-year-old actress looked serene as her husband gazed lovingly at their baby.
“I’m not hiding the world from my son, I’m hiding my son from the world,” she joked in the caption.
The announcement comes a month after she accidentally revealed the sex of her baby on Wednesday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
While chatting with the overnight host, 48, during a conversation about what zodiac sign her little one will be, the Nope star revealed she’s expecting a son.
New parents: Keke Palmer announced via Instagram on Monday that she gave birth to her first child, a son named Leodis Andrellton Jackson, with her boyfriend Darius Jackson
Adorable: Sharing her first photo as a mother from her hospital bed rocking her baby boy, the 29-year-old actress looked serene as her husband gazed lovingly at their baby
“So my baby is either going to be a Pisces or an Aries,” she gushed. Fish are known for being very deep. They are emotional beings. So I want to make sure I’m not being rude to my son.”
She went on to admit that she can “sometimes” talk a little too much about how it is, and may need to learn “to wade in the water with a Pisces” and “keep it calm.”
Prior to her interview, fans speculated that Palmer was going to have a girl after she tweeted that it kills her “when guys are disappointed they get a girl.”
She called baby girls “a blessing.”
The artist first confirmed she was pregnant with her first child with boyfriend, Darius Jackson, while hosting Saturday Night Live last month in December.
She announced her pregnancy while giving her opening monologue by throwing open her blazer to “set the record straight,” giving viewers a look at her baby bump, before exclaiming, “I’m going to be a mother!”
Keke is expecting baby number one with her boyfriend Darius Daulton, with whom she has been in a relationship since 2021. The two lovebirds made their romance public on Instagram in August 2021.
Shortly after the announcement aired live on SNL, Darius confirmed he was the father by uploading an adorable photo of Keke rocking her baby bump with the simple caption “2023” and a red heart emoji.
glowing; Last month, Palmer accidentally revealed the gender of her baby on an episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Big reveal: The artist first confirmed she was expecting her first child with boyfriend, Darius Jackson, while hosting Saturday Night Live last month in December
Lovebirds: Keke’s baby daddy is fitness instructor, Darius Daulton, with whom she has been in a relationship since 2021 (pictured in October 2021)
The star happily took her fans on her pregnancy’s journey on Instagram, sharing a baby update about Christmas. In the video, the True Jackson, VP alum exclaimed, “I’m really pregnant!”
Earlier this month, she and her baby daddy enjoyed a relaxing “baby moon” together as she moved closer to her due date in March.
While the mom-to-be was enjoying her time off, she said she was “very proud” of herself for “resting this journey.”
Baby update: The star happily took her fans on her pregnancy’s journey on Instagram, sharing a video about Christmas and exclaiming, “I’m really pregnant!”
Blissful: Earlier this month, she and her baby daddy enjoyed a relaxing ‘baby moon’ together as she moved closer to her due date in March
Palmer recently reflected on the struggles of growing up in the spotlight, after landing his own Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP, in 2008.
The singer, who received critical acclaim for her breakout performance as an 11-year-old spelling prodigy in Akeelah and the Bee (2006), admitted that being a household name came with challenges during a new interview with THR.
Recalling her decision to accept a week-long Nickelodeon cruise for her entire family in 2009 in exchange for signing autographs for a few hours, the singer said the stress of her trip made her pass out “with fear.”
On top of the world: Palmer recently reflected on the struggle of growing up in the spotlight, after landing his own Nickelodeon series True Jackson, VP, to THR in 2008
“I felt like I was walking around in a SpongeBob suit that I couldn’t take off,” the Scream Queens star said, after noting that she could barely leave her cabin. “I was trapped.”
She continued, “I couldn’t leave my room without someone coming up and calling me True Jackson. What you are is just a character to everyone… just part of their experience.”
Still, Palmer acknowledged that she understands that the “child star storyline” — in which the price of fame causes countless problems for talented young actors like Britney Spears, Amanda Bynes, and Lindsay Lohan — “has been hit over the head.”
Still, she points out, “For those of you who think a normal childhood is overrated, nothing is overrated if you haven’t had it.”