February 25, 2015 12:30 PM

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Vin Diesel is going to be a dad — again!

The Furious 7 star and his girlfriend, model Paloma Jiménez, are expecting their third child, PEOPLE has confirmed.

The couple are already parents to son Vincent Sinclair, 4½, and daughter Hania Riley, 6½.

Although Diesel is protective of his personal life, he opened up about his daughter’s delivery shortly after her birth in April 2008 — citing his costar, the late Paul Walker, as his inspiration for witnessing the event.

“I say to Paul, ‘You know, should I be in the delivery room or how’s that going to work?’ And he says, ‘You know, so many guys will tell you, “Don’t do it … you can’t stomach it … you’ll never look at the girl the same,” [but] it’s the best thing you’ll ever do in your life,’ ” Diesel, 47, said.

“[I] did everything but literally pull her out. I cut the umbilical cord. I was more present than I could ever have dreamed of, but the bonding that that allowed for with my daughter is priceless.”

In November, the actor took to Facebook to share Walker’s influence on his path to parenthood. “He was an important part of my transition into fatherhood,” Diesel writes.

— Anya Leon, with reporting by Julie Jordan

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