Rapper Da Brat is pregnant at 48, expecting 1st child with wife: 'It's been quite a journey'

ByAngeline Jane Bernabe ABCNews logo
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Da Brat is pregnant at 48: 'Thought it wasn't in the cards for me'
The 48-year-old recording artist Da Brat revealed that she is expecting her first child.

Rapper Da Brat, 48, and her wife Jesseca "Judy" Harris-Dupart are expecting their first child together.

The couple, who first shared the news with People, talked about their road to motherhood and what the pregnancy has been like.

"It's been quite a journey," Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris-Dupart, said. "There's a lot of stuff we learned about women over the age of 40."

'I never thought I was going to have kids'

The rapper, known for her hit "Funkdafied," said she and Harris-Dupart started their road to motherhood last year when they tied the knot in February. At the time, Harris-Dupart, 41, who is the CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, was launching a new line inspired by her wife and her wife's iconic braids and protective hairstyles.

"It started as a joke, we were like, 'We're extending our family!'" Da Brat said. "But then we got a huge response. It was like, 'Oh my God do we want to actually have kids, and if we do, girl, we better hurry up!'"

Da Brat said that she never thought motherhood was in the cards for her. Her wife was already the mom to three kids from a previous relationship.

"I never thought I was going to have kids," Da Brat said. "I felt like, because I didn't get pregnant earlier on, then it just wasn't going to happen for me."

"I started looking at life so differently," she added, mentioning that Harris-Dupart helped change her outlook on motherhood. "I was like, I want a little me with you. Something special from the both of us that we can share and raise and love unconditionally."

A heartbreaking miscarriage

Da Brat said she was hesitant at first to carry hers and Dupart-Harris' child, but they ultimately decided that Da Brat would carry, due to the health complications Harris-Dupart experienced following her egg retrieval procedure.

"We had a little tug-o-war in the beginning... but I felt like she should have the experience," Harris-Dupart said. "She is so nurturing."

Prior to Da Brat's embryo transfer procedure, she said that she faced her own health issues, which included having to undergo surgery to remove fibroids and polyps, which are typically benign, non-cancerous growths in a woman's uterus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women who have fibroids are more likely to have problems during pregnancy and delivery, according to the Office on Women's Health.

But during their pregnancy journey, Da Brat experienced a miscarriage.

"I had never been so excited about something that I didn't even know I wanted," she said. "I fell in love with the idea and then it was all snatched away from me."

Despite the miscarriage, the couple moved forward with the few eggs they had left and an anonymous donor from their cryo bank. Da Brat is now 18 weeks pregnant and she said it's all a "blessing."

As the couple prepare to welcome their child into the world, Da Brat said pregnancy has been an interesting experience for her.

"Everything makes me cry," she said. "If someone wins 'American Idol,' I cry. I'm like, I'm tougher than that!"