The actress's ex-husband hopes she has a "healthy baby" and "happiness"

By Pete Norman
Updated September 06, 2007 08:00 AM
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Proving exes can be civil, words of encouragement for Halle Berry have come from an unlikely source – former husband Eric Benét.

“I wish Halle and her partner a healthy baby and all the happiness in the world,” singer Benét, 40, said in a statement released to PEOPLE by his manager, Lynne Malone, Thursday.

The Oscar-winning actress, 41, announced she was three months pregnant on Tuesday. Father-to-be is boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, a 32-year-old model she met during a Versace ad shoot in Los Angeles in November 2005.

Benét and Berry wed in January 2001, but had a roller-coaster romance soured by his self-confessed philandering. The couple separated in October and six months later the split was official.