Katherine Heigl Is Pregnant! Baby Boy on the Way for Actress and Josh Kelley
Katherine Heigl is pregnant!
The actress and her husband of eight years, musician Josh Kelley, are expecting their third child — a boy! — in January, the couple confirm to PEOPLE exclusively.
Their son will join big sisters Adalaide Marie Hope, 4, and Naleigh Mi-Eun, 7.
“The Kelley clan is thrilled to announce that we are expecting a third addition to our family,” the couple tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Naleigh and Adalaide could not be more excited to welcome their new sibling into the fold and Josh and I are overflowing with joy and gratitude.”
“This is an incredibly exciting time for us filled with hope, anticipation, and hormones. Well, only I’m filled with hormones, but everyone in the family gets to enjoy them,” Heigl jokes. “We couldn’t be more excited to be able to finally share this news with our fans and are looking forward to continuing to share the journey with you all. xoxo, Katie and Josh.”
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Kelley took to Instagram on Thursday, writing, “Hahaha!! Well I guess the cats out of the bag!!!! We’re so excited people!!! What an awesome journey!!! Can’t wait to hold this little nugget.”
Heigl, 37, and New Lane Road singer Kelley, 36, adopted Naleigh from South Korea in September 2009 when she was 9 months old. Heigl, whose sister Margaret was also adopted from Korea, created the name Naleigh as a combination of Nancy, her mom’s name, and Leigh, Margaret’s middle name.
Naleigh was born with a congenital heart problem that was fixed via open-heart surgery before she left Korea according to a Harper’s Bazaar story from 2010. “Her heart is 100 percent fine now,” Heigl told the magazine at the time.
Adelaide was adopted domestically and joined the family in 2012. In December 2012, the actress, who is set to star on CBS’s upcoming legal drama Doubt with Laverne Cox, explained this name choice: “Adalaide because of my great-grandmother, Marie after my middle name, and Hope because that is what the process became.”
She and her family reside in Utah. “It’s a quieter life,” she writes on her lifestyle blog Those Heavenly Days, where she shares “all of the things that inspire me, give me purpose, and bring beauty, peace and gratitude to my life.”
Building her family through adoption was always on Heigl’s mind.
“Josh and I started talking about it before we were even engaged,” the actress told Parent & Child in 2012. “My sister Meg is Korean, and my parents adopted her three years before I was born. I wanted my own family to resemble the one I came from, so I always knew I wanted to adopt from Korea. We have talked about having biological children as well, but we decided to adopt first. I just wanted to be a mom. So however we do that, it’s fine with me.”
— Catherine Kast