August 28, 2016 08:00 PM

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That’s no Internet prank: Nev Schulman‘s fiancée really is showing off her bare baby belly on the MTV VMAs red carpet!

The Catfish host, 31, paid homage to his baby-girl-to-be Sunday evening as he knelt down and snuggled fiancée Laura Perlongo‘s exposed bump.

Perlongo, who works in creative advertising, turned heads as she walked the red carpet topless, instead draping herself in a jacket and sparkly Lizz Jardim chain that criss-crossed her breasts.

“If you told me I was going to feel this great at eight months pregnant, I would’ve been like, ‘No way,’ ” Perlongo told PEOPLE at the event.

“I’m just so happy to be the guy on the red carpet with the pregnant lady who is killing it, just looking incredible,” Schulman adds proudly. “She was already beautiful and now she’s, like, times-10 beautiful.”

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Aside from basking in his fiancée’s maternity glow, Schulman also shared how his career has helped him prepare for new fatherhood.

“I’ve spent the last five years learning how to help people and open up to them and have them open up to me, and hopefully feel better and move on with their lives in a good way, and I’m just now excited to take all that and apply it to my family,” he says.

“I hopefully have a kid [who’s] as understanding and objective and open-minded as I hope I am.”

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Schluman and Perlongo shared their baby news in May, revealing their surprise pregnancy in an Instagram and blog post.

“Words [can’t] capture the excitement and joy I feel about becoming a father,” Schulman said at the time. “I am so in love with you Laura and thank you for giving me this incredible gift. You inspire and excite me every day.”

The duo announced their engagement less than two weeks after sharing their baby news, showing off her ring in a playful Instagram post. And although the pair admitted their pregnancy wasn’t exactly planned, they also said it wasn’t a “complete accident.”

“We had talked about wanting kids,” Perlongo wrote in the blog post announcing the news.

— Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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