Eddie Murphy To Become Father For 9th Time

Funny man Eddie Murphy is set to become a father for the ninth.

The 54-year-old comedian and his model girlfriend Paige Butcher, 36, are expecting their first child together, his representative confirms to U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight.

Butcher is due to give birth in May.

The baby will be her first.

The Beverly Hills Cop actor is already a father to Eric, 26, with Paulette McNeely; Christian, 25, with Tamara Hood; and Bria, 25, Myles, 22, Shayne, 21, Zola, 15, and Bella, 13, with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell. He and former Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown also share one daughter, 8-year-old Angel.

In 2013, Butcher opened up to Vanity Fair about her relationship with Murphy, though she tried to keep details as scant as possible.

“I’m in a relationship with a celebrity, so I felt like there’s already enough of me out there,” she told the magazine of why she chose to stay off social media. “I felt like I was giving out too much information. I was giving people too much access. I like to keep as much private as possible now.”

Meanwhile, Murphy was recently honored with the prestigious Mark Twain Prize, and stars including Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Kathy Griffin, Chris Rock, Joe Piscopo, Jay Pharoah, Trevor Noah and George Lopez, among others, were there to celebrate.

“It’s an award, because usually when it’s a prize there’s usually money involved,” he said in his acceptance speech. “(To) clear up the confusion for future recipients … if you don’t want to call it an award, maybe you can call it the Mark Twain Sur-prise. The ‘surprise’ being you ain’t getting any money!”