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Ciara and husband Russell Wilson announce pregnancy

NFL football player Russell Wilson, left, and Ciara

NFL football player Russell Wilson, left, and Ciara arrive at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 13, 2016. They announced that Ciara is expecting the couple's first child in dual Instagram posts on Oct. 25, 2016. Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has joined his wife, R&B singer Ciara, in announcing that the couple are expecting their first child together.

“The Greatest Blessing of All. Forever Grateful. #BabyWilsonOnTheWay,” the NFL pro, 27, posted on Instagram, shortly after Grammy Award-winner Ciara, who celebrated her 31st birthday Tuesday, posted the news on social media. 

In a seemingly related tweet Wednesday, Wilson wrote, “#BVD ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart...,’ Jeremiah 1:5 NIV,” using the hashtag for “Bible verse of the day” and quoting from the New International Version. He cut short the full quotation, which continues, “I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Ciara on Tuesday posted a black-and-white photo of Wilson seated, cradling a reclining Ciara’s belly as she smiles. “On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family,” she wrote, “and I’m excited to Finally share one of the Greatest Gifts of All that God could give...,” followed by emoji including a baby and a baby bottle. Wilson ran the same photo on his own Instagram post.

Wilson and Ciara married July 6 in a private ceremony in Liverpool, England. They became engaged in March after first appearing publicly together at a White House state dinner on April 26, 2015. Ciara had been engaged to rapper Future in 2013, and the two had a son in May 2014 but ended their relationship that August.



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